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First look at WAMFest, WAMCon & WAMAwards 2019 as EOIs open!

12 Apr

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The 2019 editions of WAMFest, WAMCon, and the WAMAwards are looking to build on last year’s successful events and make them even better!

The annual celebration of West Australian music is back with WAMFest, WAMCon, and WAMAwards dates locked in for 2019. The festivities will kick off with a regional edition of WAMFest taking place in October. The WAMAwards will be held once again at the Hyatt Regency Perth on 31 October, the State Theatre Centre of WA will be housing WAMCon from 1 – 2 November, and the main WAMFest event will run from 1 – 3 November 2019.

WAM is excited to see Mark Neal (The Sewing Room, Blue Grey Pink, Beaufort St Songwriters Club) stepping into the role of Festival Director for 2019. Livia Carré (General Manager at WAM), said, “On behalf of our whole team here at WAM, we are delighted to welcome Mark to the role of Festival Director. Mark has been an integral part in delivering the last two festivals and his ongoing commitment and dedication to the organisation, while working closely with key WAM staff, gives us the confidence that this year will see an even better WAMFest.”

A spearhead in the WA original music scene, Mark started out as a manager and musician from the Great Southern region. During this time Mark created his own independent label Blue Grey Pink, started the Beaufort St Songwriters Club, found his way into booking venues, and continues to nurture and support up and coming original music ventures. Mark has a huge range of skills and knowledge to draw from including working as a booking agent for Perth music venue/nightclub The Sewing Room, managing local musician Noah Dillon, curating RTRFM’s Tuesday ‘Out To Lunch’ program, working on all-ages event Hyperfest, and having a hand in a range of community music-related events.

Mark is no stranger to WAM either. He was part of the coordinating team which executed WAMFest 2017 and 2018 and has worked closely with WAM’s Regional Officer, Nigel Bird, on several projects. His insight into WAM and the external experience and knowledge gained through his own ventures will enable Mark to provide valuable insight and direction for this year’s festival.

Mark said, “I’m excited to back on board again this year. Skinny and I set some nice things in motion over the last couple of years as co-coordinators and I’m excited to be stepping up to Festival Director for the 2019 event. WA is full of great music! It’s exciting and it’s diverse. This an excellent musical community and I want to honour it by providing an overall better festival experience for everyone involved.”

WAM is also pleased to have Claire Hodgson coordinating WAMCon again for 2019. Claire is excited to coordinate the conference which is set to be the biggest instalment yet. She says, “There will be a greater focus on sustainability, community and creativity this year, with the event again being housed at the beautiful State Theatre Centre of WA as part of WAMFest. With practical, bespoke, and future-focused sessions to support music makers and businesses to get their music to the next level, we can’t wait!”

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR WAMFEST
Expressions of interest are now open for bands to be considered for WAMFest 2019. Expressions of Interest Close: 11:59pm Monday 15 July.
Submit yours now!

REGISTER YOUR ACT FOR WAMAWARDS NOMINATORS
You can register now to help get your act in front of industry nominators for the 2019 WAMAwards.
Register your act now!

IMPORTANT DATES:
WAMAwards: 31 October 2019
WAMFest: 1-3 November 2019
WAMCon: 1-2 November 2019

Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts Australian Government

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.