ELECTION SPOTLIGHT: WA Labor commits to Goldfields Touring Circuit
Here at WAM, we’re passionate about supporting WA music, which is why we’ll be covering the major parties’ electoral commitments to the WA music industry in the lead up to the WA state election, sharing any of the key policies that directly affect the industry.
The McGowan Labor government has just announced it will invest in the local music scene by allocating $25,000 to Western Australian Music (WAM) for a Goldfields Touring Circuit. The funding will be used by WAM for a pilot touring circuit in four centres across the Goldfields, including Kalgoorlie. This comes after the parties’ previous announcement it will invest $20,000 in the development of the music industry in regional communities.
Read below for the full statement:
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
WA Labor commits to tune-up local music scene
A McGowan Labor Government will allocate $25,000 to support big-name Western Australian musicians touring the Goldfields
Funding will boost tourism opportunities and create local jobs
Access to live music will boost liveability and create a stronger sense of community
A McGowan Labor Government will invest in the local music scene by allocating $25,000 to Western Australian Music (WAM) for a Goldfields Touring Circuit.
The funding will be used by WAM for a pilot touring circuit in four centres across the Goldfields, including Kalgoorlie.
Comments from WA Labor’s candidate for Kalgoorlie Darren Forster:
“This is fantastic news for Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields; it will bring in some really new and original acts, which is great for the community.
“It will help bring the community together and build the local music scene.
“It will also attract more tourists to the region and create more local jobs in the process.
“As a musician myself, I know how important it is for local musicians to get this kind of exposure and support.”
Comments from West Australia Music CEO Mike Harris:
“The benefits would be broadly cross-community, as touring music through regional communities has shown itself to bring communities together to not only enjoy the acts but also to celebrate the sense of community.
“Music fans in particular benefit from this as very little live original music is toured through the Goldfields.
Goldfields-based musicians would benefit as they would be re-engaging with WAM (or in some cases engaging for the first time) and be given direct employment opportunities, as well as exposure to new audiences.”