Board Spotlight | Chris Edmondson
Chris’ music industry background involves having spent more than two decades touring Western Australia as a regionally based artist amongst venues as diverse as hotel front bars, wineries, festivals, country fairs and music clubs. During this time Chris has written, recorded and released four independent original solo albums often focused on the West Australian regional experience.
In addition, he has recorded and toured the state, the nation and overseas in an assortment of independent WA bands including pioneering North West WA tours in the mid-nineties, American showcase tours and later, at the invitation of Rotary International, taking part in a speaking tour of the Netherlands to discuss the viability of the arts and music in regional WA.
Chris’ current work roles include teaching Music Industry courses through South Regional TAFE in Denmark and prior to this, Chris was a Presenter and Producer for ABC Local Radio in the Great Southern, often covering several of WA’s regions and producing out of the ABC Studios in Perth. He still pops up on the airwaves from time to time either to play music in person or discuss some of the great work other WA artists are showcasing across the regions.
Regularly in touch with metropolitan and regional musicians alike, you’ll often be surprised where you see Chris, be it in and around Perth or gigging in the South West, Great Southern into the Goldfields or out and about around the south east coastal districts.
What Chris brings to the WAM Board
A big believer in diversity in our industry, more recently, Chris has been working with other WA artists to help deliver music, songwriting and recording workshops to regional communities in disadvantaged areas, giving voice to budding musicians of broad cultural, gender, genre and age backgrounds.
Chris joined the WAM Board in 2017 with the firm belief in continuing to build the viability of WA’s music sector simultaneously across our largest cities, major regional centres and throughout our smallest country towns.
In the three years Chris has spent on the WAM board, his view on the direction of the industry remains steadfast.
Chris still actively gigs throughout WA’s southern regions and remains very proud of the fact that all his industry roles involve being an advocate for regional musicians, working with the most grass roots level of the industry and now, right up to and including the WAM Board level.