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Sounds Of The Great Southern opens callout for music talents from the region

15 Nov


: After a record-breaking 100+ entries were recieved applications are now closed. Appreciate your patience as we filter through the amazing applications.

Following the successes of previous ‘Sounds Of’ projects – including this year’s critically acclaimed Sounds Of The Goldfields and last year’s groundbreaking Sounds Of The Pilbara II: Songs In Language - WAM is excited to announce Sounds Of The Great Southern, now on the hunt to uncover songs from a diverse range of artists from the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

Being such a fertile region for musicians, WAM’s excited to put the call out to songwriters, acts and sound engineers of all ages, levels of experience and music genres from the Great Southern region, asking them to register their interest by January 16, 2017 to be part of the next compilation. Selected participants will then start recording in March 2017, with the resulting songs released on the Sounds Of The Great Southern compilation mid-year, and a launch event planned for the region.

WAM’s ‘Sounds Of’ program brings entire recording studios to regional centres, building a pop-up studio in a house and recording original tracks for a compilation album, to be released on CD and digitally for national radio and music industry consumption. The participants leave the studio with a professionally recorded track that they own the rights to, and can be used completely for their own purposes and financial gains. During the project, both these artists and local recording engineers and enthusiasts have the opportunity to be mentored by some of WA’s most successful studio audio engineers; the award-winning Matt Gio (Rada Studios), Andy Lawson (Debaser Studio) and Sean Lillico (Fur Real Studio).

The project has been made possible thanks to the support from partners Celebrate WA and their major supporter BHP Billiton and Brookfield Rail, plus core support from the Department of Culture and the Arts, the Department of Regional Development, Royalties for Regions and Country Arts WA.



  • Successful applicants must be residents of the Great Southern Region, or have been for at least 12 months.
  • Artists are eligible from towns including Albany, Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Denmark, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kent, Kojonup, Plantagenet and Woodanilling.
  • Artists of ALL levels of experience are being sought – from beginners to already successful artists!


So do you have an original song ripe for the recording, or know someone who has a song they’ve been hiding but needs to be heard?

It is essential songwriters/acts register their interest to be part of Sounds Of The Great Southern by Midday on Monday 16 January, 2017 by completing the following online form – APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED


WAM proudly acknowledges the generous support provided by our project partners:

Celebrate WA and their major supporter BHP Billiton, and Brookfield Rail, plus core support from the Department of Culture and the Arts, the Department of Regional Development, Royalties for Regions and Country Arts WA.


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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.