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Safer Venues WA lands $60k investment from the Contemporary Music Fund

18 Feb

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A major step towards making Western Australia’s music venues safer places to visit has taken place, with a $60,000 investment from the McGowan Government’s Contemporary Music Fund.

Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman announced that community sector organisation, Safer Venues WA would receive the funding over three years.

It will work with venues, audiences, artists and the industry to improve inclusivity and personal safety, develop resources to create awareness and provide valuable training and educational tools.

Mr Templeman made the announcement at Northbridge venue The Bird, alongside Women’s Interests Minister Simone McGurk and Safer Venues WA representatives.

“I am delighted to hear about this initiative and that the Contemporary Music Fund is prioritising safety. It’s vital that women and girls can take part in and enjoy the live music industry freely, without fear,” said Women’s Interests Minister Simone McGurk.

“This is an issue that young women, particularly, raise with me often so it is important that we create safer spaces for women to enjoy nightlife and live music.”

Diversity is a priority of the Contemporary Music Fund, an election commitment which will inject a total of $3 million into WA’s contemporary music sector over the next four years.

“Each week, thousands of Western Australians visit music venues across the State to support local musicians and bands. It is important for everyone, including these punters, to feel safe doing so,” said Mr Templeman.

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.