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WAM President elected and sets agenda for undervalued music industry

4 May

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After a massive year of consolidation, rebuilding a fresh new business plan and implementing improved management systems – all the while continuing to build membership and deliver great events, initiatives and programs – we’re thrilled to announce the WAM Board Executive will be headed up by Al Taylor, being re-elected for a second term.

Group Managing Director of 303Lowe, Al has 30+ years working in the marketing and communications industry and has served on the WAM Board for 3 years. With the help of Al’s expert leadership, the WAM team achieved a remarkable $160,000 turnaround from 2013 to report a $38,000+ surplus in 2014. This achievement perfectly caps off WAM’s huge year of accomplishments in championing WA music.

Also re-elected last night was Noah Shilkin (Lollybox Studio) who continues as Vice President, Steven McCabe (KPMG) as Treasurer and Bel Skinner (RedRock Music) as Secretary. Additionally, we welcome Leanne Casellas who was elected onto the Board.

The Board have some big goals for WAM in 2015 and beyond, one of these is changing the perceived value of contemporary music in WA. Board President Al Taylor explained, “There is no question, when it comes to contemporary music in this country, we punch way above our weight. But, the significance of this within this state is not fully realised. Alongside the massive contribution locally to culture and the economy, the contribution to Brand WA cannot be denied.

For WAM to truly, effectively deliver on its vision, we need to elevate the perceived value of the organisation and WA music industry in the hearts and minds of the community, business and government – to a level that aligns with our considerable contribution. Key to this will be our ability to tell our story well, to make the case for the currently unrealised value of the contemporary music industry.

“We are in the planning stages of undertaking a significant research project that will specifically focus on identifying the true cultural and economical impact and value of the contemporary music industry in WA. We cannot underestimate the value of real, proven numbers as a foundation to seek support and greater funding and contribution.”

WAM CEO Mike Harris noted, “There are challenges ahead for the music industry in WA and WAM looks forward to playing a central role in addressing these. Here’s to a 2015 of moving forward and continually striving to ensure better opportunities for music in WA.”

Next month the Board will begin their organisational business planning sessions. “Our mission is to emerge from these sessions with a challenging, ambitious but achievable plan for WAM and – as a consequence – the WA contemporary music industry,” added Taylor. “A plan that will see WA Music positioned as a major force locally and nationally – one that is appropriately valued, revered and championed by a powerful, effective and innovative WAM.”

Ideas from the music industry and public alike are an integral element of developing this strategic plan for WAM, and we invite you to share your thoughts to help shape the future of WA music.

Please send through your comments to [email protected] by Sunday 31 May for consideration at the planning sessions.

More info here.

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.