Labor promises $2 million for music hubs in Fremantle & Leederville
As part of Labor’s Soundtrack Australia Music Policy, Tony Burke, Shadow Minister for the Arts, this week announced that if elected, a Shorten Labor Government will commit $1 million to the City of Fremantle and $1 million to the City of Vincent to establish music hubs.
The proposed hubs will provide a central place where students and musicians can come, learn, collaborate and practice, with each one set to offer rehearsal space, soundproof studios, instruments, and equipment.
Hubs are to be located at the Fremantle Arts Centre and YMCA HQ in Leederville. With each location already a community hotspot for arts and youth activities, the funding will help revitalise and expand their facilities to suit the needs of emerging young West Australian artists.
As part of the music hub program, hubs will also have ongoing access to mid-career artists, teachers and trainers provided through music programs such as APRA AMCOS’ SongMakers. This means that some of Australia’s best songwriters and producers will mentor students to create and record new music, right in the communities they live in.
Tony Burke said “the commitment we have announced today is aimed at boosting every aspect of Australian music. We want Australian music to be heard, Australian artists to stay in the industry, and the next generation to be inspired.
“We believe in what our songwriters, musicians, performers and music industry do. We think it matters. Our Australian soundtrack matters. Let’s turn up the volume.”
WAM welcomes Labour’s election commitment to invest in WA music hubs. Access and participation in music and the arts plays such an important role in building healthy, vibrant communities. It’s great to see the music sector’s economic and social contribution recognised through this election promise.