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WAM announces 2017 Board & releases 2016 Annual Report

26 May

WAM held its Annual General Meeting upstairs at Universal Bar on Wednesday, delivering our 2016 Annual Report. It covers the diverse range of events, projects and successful new initiatives WAM undertook in what was a stellar year for the organisation, filled with record-breaking results and groundbreaking findings.


front page annual report imageIn what was the biggest pool of nominees gunning for election in recent history, voting also took place on the night to form the 2017 WAM Board. We’re excited to welcome new appointees Chris Edmonson and Mark Spillane, with the WAM Board now consisting of:

  • Al Taylor (Chairman, 303 Mullenlowe) – President
  • Noah Shilkin (Owner, Sonic Lolly) – Vice President
  • Bel Skinner (Owner RedRock Music) – Secretary
  • Steven McCabe (Director, KPMG’s Restructuring Services Team) – Treasurer
  • Anton Mazandarani (Marketing Manager, WAAPA; Co-founder Death Disco)
  • Chris Edmondson (Presenter and Producer, ABC Local Radio – Albany and Great Southern; Lecturer Music Industry Studies, South Regional TAFE)
  • Jacob Snell (Head of Business Development, Monster Management; WA Representative, Association of Artist Managers)
  • Louise Scott (Executive Director Strategy, Brand and Marketing Services, Tourism WA)
  • Mark Spillane (Director, Bespoke Touring; Senior Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers)
  • Toby Browne-Cooper (Managing Director, Oryx Consolidated)
Thanks also goes to outgoing board member Holly Walton for her services to the Board, and to all those electing to help champion WA music. WAM CEO Mike Harris said, “Following on from the 2017 AGM and a highly competitive board election, we welcome two new faces onto the WAM Board. It is an exciting time for WAM with some big ideas looming, and a real opportunity to further benefit music in WA.”


  • 40K+ total attendees at WAM hosted events and programs.
  • 120K+ total attendees to events that WAM had a significant involvement in.
  • Our events and programs saw 4,752 performances from WA acts.
  • WAM’s economic impact research collaboration with Edith Cowan University revealed – among many other verifying statistics – that the WA music industry contributes almost $1 billion annually to the state economy, a groundbreaking finding.
  • Despite challenging funding and economic conditions, we continued to build on our reserves, representing a turnaround of close to $80K in three years.
  • The membership peak for 2016 was in September and saw 503 memberships accounting for 872 individuals, representing an 11% increase from 2015.
  • 369 applications for Song Of The Year were received, representing 706 songwriters with 67 regional entries (equivalent to 144 songs), representing a 15% increase in entries revenue.
  • 14,000+ people attended the newly rebranded WAMFest over the four days, representing a 30% increase in attendance from 2015. 159 WA acts were showcased across 26 venues.
  • The newly rebranded WAMCon featured 6 international, 41 national and 26 WA based representatives, making for a total of 73 speakers, the biggest ever line-up of speakers, and largest contingent of international and national speakers taking part. With 205 attendees the program featured 14 panels and one keynote, the QuayNote Boat Party, the introduction of WAMCon Salad Days and around 200 speed date meetings.
  • SOTA Festival had an attendance of over 40K, breaking records for any WAM presented event. In collaboration with Celebrate WA, the event consisted of a diverse mix of ages and backgrounds, and audience and artist feedback via Culture Counts was extremely positive.
  • The delivery and launch of the Sounds Of The Goldfields project was a resounding success, including attracting a 700-strong crowd, the first show of any kind to sell out the Goldfields Arts Centre in almost a decade.
  • The Wheatbelt Touring Circuit project reached new heights in 2016 with the introduction of our Wheatbelt WAMbassadors program, with six artists chosen as representatives to promote music and road safety issues. A heart-wrenching video produced in collaboration with RAC saw 20K+ views on Facebook alone. The call for interest phase also saw a record-breaking 155 individual acts respond to be part of the touring circuit program, more than doubling the 70 applicants for the program in 2015.
  • 854 WAM organisation/project/event-focused media stories gained (not including additional SOTA coverage), an 11.4% increase on last year.
  • Number of informational digital resources for the music industry created went from 12 to 41, increasing by 241.7%.
  • WAMplifier eNews subscriber numbers increased by 13.2% to 5,090 subscribers.
  • All social media channels experienced significant growth in followers and engagement, easily surpassing the 10% KPIs. Our total number of social media followers increased by 30.8% to 19,315.
  • Employed services of designer Wildergrim for WAMFest and Song Of The Year artwork, his new visual aesthetic impressing and strengthening brand consistency between projects, continuing into 2017 (including this annual report!).
  • Plus much more…


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.