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OPPORTUNITIES: More jobs, band comps & funding _September 2017

15 Sep

More music related jobs, funding deadlines and competitions for acts and music industry peeps to get ahead, including from the likes of, well, too many to mention!


moreinfoWAMFest’s peak music industry advancing event; the WAMCon music conference is happening at State Theatre Centre of WA, Friday 3 – Saturday 4 November 2017. The ultimate platform to help the music industry, from beginners to pros. 2nd Release Early Bird Passes close Monday 25 September.


moreinfoWA’s fave music photography competition Kiss My Camera returns with a workshop for music photographers, an awards party that everyone can snap onto, plus opens it up for anyone, with phone pics now eligible for prizes. Heaps of prizes to be won. Entries close 24 September.


moreinfoPerth’s leading drug, smoke and alcohol-free all ages music festival, HyperFest, is set to touch down on Saturday 24 FebruaryAll Western Australian bands and DJs are encouraged to sign up to apply for their spot on the 2018 HyperFest line-up. Application close 5 November.


moreinfoA new all ages heavy metal festival hits Perth, with Rising Force All Ages Metal Festival 2017 taking over Vision Studios in East Vic Park on Sunday 24 September. Discounted tickets for WAM members!


moreinfoCatalyst Community Arts Fund is offering up to $15k
 for projects to assist the WA community to learn new skills and experience and participate in the arts. The Fund supports community-driven arts and culture activities. Applications close 30 September


moreinfoSt Kilda Festival organisers are on the lookout for Australia’s next big act. The nation’s best emerging talent has a chance to play on the New Music Stage. Ten bands will be chosen to play on the New Music Stage in 2018, with the crowd favourite to win $5,000 and a spot on the Main Stage in 2019. Applications close 5pm, Thursday 28 September.


moreinfoEntry is now open for the 39th Toyota Star Maker – Australia’s longest running search for a new country music star. Offering a huge prize package, Star Maker has been a crucial launching pad for some of Australia’s biggest country music stars including Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan and James Blundell.


moreinfoCountry Arts WA is looking for hard working volunteers in the community to bring them to Mandurah for the 2017 WA Regional Arts Summit. The Volunteer Travel and Registration Fund offers up to $1500 to regional volunteers so they can come to the Summit. Applications close 26 September.


moreinfoSAE and Scitech are joining forces to hold Tech Day at SAE. Held at SAE’s Northbridge campus on Saturday 7 October, this exclusive opportunity is for students aged 12-15 years old. WAM Members receive discounted entry!


moreinfoMobile event discovery platform Hipflask gets your gig in front of the right audience by connecting the people of Perth to the best of local creatives. Download the App for what’s happening this week! Plus WAM members receive 50% discounts on event listings, to ensure your gigs get more through the door.


moreinfoMichael Strong Music is holding a competition to win full production of a single for free, including pre-production, tracking and mixing. There are three prizes to be won. Winners drawn 5 October.



moreinfoTo celebrate 15 years of all-ages live music, YMCA HQ wants to hear from bands that have played at HQ or visitors with awesome memories of attending gigs. If you have a story about the role this iconic venue has played in your life, YMCA HQ want to hear from! Message them on Facebook or email


moreinfoEvent organisers of all sorts are invited to apply to book an event space at City of Perth’s Elizabeth Quay, Perth Cultural Centre and the new Yagan Square (opening early 2018). With over 17 spaces to choose from and capacities up to 15,000, this is your opportunity to be part of the city’s liveliness, excitement and accessibility for all Western Australians and visitors.


moreinfoLive music platform Six8 aims to bring live music into spaces where there previously was none, all the while allowing artists to be paid appropriately for their work. The service allows venues, and other live music hosts to browse the platform for artists based on genre, size, location and hourly rate. Already with an incredible 250+ artists involved, the platform is free to sign up for, with no subscription fees.


moreinfoSecond line-up of judges announced for the International Songwriting Competition (ISC).  Established in 2002, ISC is the world’s largest songwriting competition, receiving entries from more than 130 countries. Consisting of some of the most iconic and respected artists in the world, the judging panel includes Lorde; Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction, Lollapalooza); Tom Waits; Hardwell; Nicky Jam; Martie Maguire (Dixie Chicks); Bastille; Ziggy Marley; and More. Applications via ISC online and mail close Wednesday 20 September.


moreinfoAustralian Children’s Music Foundation invites school age students to enter their National Songwriting Competition, designed to encourage creativity and self-expression through songwriting. Students aged 5 – 18 years can enter an original song for a chance to win a share of over $20,000 in prizes. Entries close midnight 20 October.


Amoreinfoudition applications for 2018 West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) big bands are now open, closing midnight Friday 10 November. WAYJO is open to musicians 14-25 years of age (up to 28 in full-time study) and performs a range of jazz styles from trad, classic through to modern, offering members the opportunity to perform at some of Perth’s best venues, and travel regionally, nationally and internationally with top band leaders and touring guest artists.


moreinfoJoin City of Perth‘s campaign to showcase all the amazing things happening in the City across retail, food & beverage and family activities (including music related ones!) across September and October so as to positively change the public perceptions about the City on a Sunday. Register your business to ensure your Sunday offers and events are added to the website.


moreinfoWAAPA is hosting a short course for you taught by industry experts to develop performance techniques in contemporary vocal styles including pop, jazz, rock and R&B. Vocalists will be given the opportunity to perform and video their performances and receive direction from WAAPA Lecturer Sue Kingham. Minimum age of 14 yrs with Course 2 commencing 5, 12, 19, 26 July 2017 & Course 3 starting 6, 13, 20, 27 September 2017, 4, 11 October 2017  at 6.30pm – 8.30pm.


moreinfoInvisible Cities Fremantle, a participatory art project exploring relationships between people and place, is now live. The artist and human ecologist behind Invisible Cities, Asha Bee Abraham, has gathered 10 stories, however her hunt is ongoing. Participants are invited to contribute new stories for the rest of the year, with the project launching as part of the City of Fremantle’s Heritage Festival and concluding in late 2017. Of course we’d love to have it filled with musical discoveries…


moreinfoMundaring Arts Centre has recently expanded its services and taken up management of the Midland Junction Arts Centre. Located in beautiful surrounds in front of Juniper Gardens in the heart of Midland, the newly refurbished space features two generous gallery spaces, an intimate 135 seat auditorium, a leafy courtyard, rehearsal and printing spaces as well opportunities for artists to work in residence. If you are an arts based organisation wanting a space to hold an exhibition, workshop or performance, consider the Midland Junction Arts Centre.


In light of the changes to the membership constitution, and the desire to grow our membership, the Board of Country Arts WA has made membership free. Any member that paid prior to this date will retain the member benefits that were offered at that time for one year.

BRYTE EMCEE’s Hip Hop Workshops for Schools and Communities

Bryte MC‘s services have been built to give young people the opportunity to design and create the popular music they have come to know and love, and he’s now available for Hip Hop Workshops for schools and communities. Bryte’s activities open doors to greater opportunities in the music industry, supplying participants with the first level knowledge needed to embark on a career in music production, song writing and live performance.

Audiofly presents the new Mates On Stage program

Audiofly officially re-launch their Mates On Stage program with a range of support packages to help those in the music industry. Their packages include complimentary cutting-edge in-ear monitors, bonus discounts and additional marketing support, which have helped the likes of Katy Steele, Slumberjack, Sydnee Cartee and many more. Could you be the next?


The Hen House Live is currently looking for bands of all genres to play or launch their next release at their venue from July onwards. If you haven’t been down yet The Hen House Live is a 100 capacity room attached to Badlands Bar located at 1/3 Aberdeen Street, East Perth perfect for putting on a memorable show! If you would like more information please email Sarah at



Tura’s iMprov program aims to assist in the development of new and emerging improvisational artists. Once a month on a Monday, the iMprov series presents experimental and exploratory improvisation at bar Four5Nine at the Rosemount HotelThe program also provides a monthly workshop for improvisers to work alongside local, national and international mentors who specialize in the field of improvised music performance.

Contact if you are are interested in participating.


moreinfoThe new DCA Grants Program has been changed, now allowing for individuals, groups and arts organisations to apply for different types of funding in five categories including Creative Development, Commercial Development, Community Engagement, Aboriginal Arts, and Scholarship and Fellowships. DCA encourages all applicants to ensure their applications are in alignment with all criteria and to read all applicant resources.



Music Industry Inside Out is an online educational resource devoted to helping musicians across the country learn more about the industry. WAM Members receive a 20% discount on all individual monthly or annual memberships. To redeem this benefit email Kate at WAM: to receive the discount voucher code, then head to the individual memberships page and add the discount voucher for the 20% discount.

moreinfoThe Western Australian New Music Archive
 is an interactive web portal presenting a collection of content related to the history of new music in Western Australia. You will find a range of material here including audio and video recordings, images, and a range of documents. The original collection has been drawn from the Tura and ABC Classic FM archives, but it is hoped that the collection will be added to through the participation of those involved in the new music scene in Western Australia. They’re also looking for WA releases to be added.

moreinfoBuilding Better Regions Fund 
supports the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the futureThe program will run over four years from 2016-17 to 2019-20.

There are two streams of funding available under the program:
INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS STREAM– The minimum grant amount is $20,000 and the maximum grant amount is $10 million. You must complete your project by 31 December 2019.

COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS STREAM – The minimum grant amount is $5,000 and the maximum grant amount is $10 million, however given the nature of eligible projects we expect most grants will be under $100,000.
You must complete your project within 12 months of executing the grant agreement with the Commonwealth and by 31 December 2019.

moreinfoThe Arts Development Scheme closing dates for 2017. The aim of the scheme is to bring professional performing arts companies and artists into the City of Joondalup. Funding is available to professional performing arts organizations in Western Australia to develop an audience base in the northern metropolitan area of Perth. They are looking for exciting interdisciplinary projects to bring into Joondalup!
Round 2: 5.00pm, Thursday 19 October 2017

moreinfoThe Pack Australia is a web-based streaming platform that will enable any business playing recorded music to stream curated, all original, all local music tailored to their individual spaces and business types. Follow the steps in the link to support a new player in the web streaming industry and possibly have your sound heard. There is also an opportunity to become an official ‘Pack’ Ambassador, with cross promo as part of the deal.

moreinfoMusic company The Sync Report has hit the DIY market with a series of colourful videos that highlight the importance of sync licensing in the music industry. ‘The Slapman Series’ the animated short films introduce Slapper and his mohawked dog Mr Rex who promptly slap people who tell them that they are too lazy to build a fan base, get media attention and earn an income with their music. Designed for music managers and savvy artists, check it out.

If you have an opportunity, email



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

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lottery West, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.