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HQ’s all-ages Sweet Oblivion program expands

4 Dec

YMCA HQ is happy to announce that they are expanding their program Sweet Oblivion to further the progress of the next  generation of musicians.

With a 15-year history of helping to kick-start the careers of young musicians in WA, YMCA HQ is excited to announce the launch of an expanded youth artist and audience development program.

Sweet Oblivion has been running as a regular fortnightly event at HQ for the past two years, in partnership with Perth booking agents Cool Perth Nights. Thanks to a three-year funding commitment from the Commonwealth Bank to further develop the Sweet Oblivion program, from January 2018 HQ will be able to increase live performance opportunities for young performers, as well as the delivery of an ongoing program of industry skills development workshops, mentoring and networking opportunities for program participants.

Sweet Oblivion events, held at the HQ Gig Space, have provided valuable live performance experience for Perth’s up-and-coming bands and performers, as well as offering regular all-ages events for Perth’s under age live music fans.

HQ is continuing to partner with key industry and community players, including us here at West Australian Music (WAM), to ensure that young people who take part in the Sweet Oblivion program have access to a range of opportunities to develop their careers.

Mike Harris, CEO of WAM, says the future of music can be said to be contingent on the continual development of next generation artists and audiences.

“Under 18s and all-ages events are a key element of this crucial regeneration and HQ’s role within that ecosystem is significant. WAM sees audience development as one of the biggest issues facing the music industry and is looking forward to working alongside HQ and RTRFM to ensure WA’s music scene goes from strength to strength for years to come.”

As well as the ongoing delivery of industry skills workshops, HQ will also be organising regular special events, where Sweet Oblivion participants will be able to perform in support of well-known headline acts at all age’s shows at HQ.

The Sweet Oblivion program is supported by Cool Perth Nights, partners include RTRFM, WAM, Behind the Wall Training, Drug Aware and the City of  Vincent. 

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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.