WAM releases 2014 Annual Report and announces new Board
WAM hosted our 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM) upstairs at the Universal Bar in Northbridge on Wednesday 22 April 2015. We reviewed our diverse range of events, projects and new initiatives from 2014, and outlined how we will continue to champion WA music into the future.
We also held the election of the Board of Management and are pleased to welcome Leanne Casellas, who will be joining our Board after being voted in last night. Also a big huge thank you goes out to Stefan Caramia, who is stepping down. All other Board members remain unchanged and we thank them for their continued commitment to WA music.
Along with the other formalities, the 2014 Annual Report was presented to the Board and WAM Members.
Some key highlights from 2014 included:
- Mike Harris came on-board as WAM’s new CEO in February, joined by Al Taylor, Group Manager of 303Lowe, as the new Board President in May.
- The first few months of the year were spent re-budgeting and reworking WAM’s Business Plan. This helped to secure triennial funding, that was at serious risk. The year’s result was approx a $38k surplus (as opposed to 2013’s $123k loss).
- Along with State, Federal and Local government funding, WAM partnered with more than 40 organisations to deliver a full schedule of programs and initiatives.
- WAM launched a new online membership platform that enabled members to renew and join online, saving time for members and reducing WAM’s administration burden. Membership delivered a 10% increase in revenue from 2013.
- With an amazing prize pool of over $40,000 worth of cash and prizes, 846 entries were received across 16 categories for WAM’s Song Of The Year.
- 10,000+ punters celebrated WA music over the three-day WAM Festival with shows from 105 acts across 17 venues, including over 3,000 big fans of the debut Block Party.
- 500 guests saw Timothy Nelson & The Infidels, KUČKA, Jodie Regan and more take home WA Music Awards, with Martyn P. Casey (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Triffids, Grinderman) and Philip Stevens (Jarrah Records, manager John Butler, San Cisco and The Waifs) inducted into the WAM Hall of Fame.
- As part of the Singapore West Australian Music Exchange (SWAM), five WA acts performed in Singapore across two events – Music Matters Live and Beerfest Asia (the latter attracting a crowd of 30,000 across three days of event). Three Singapore bands performed in Perth at the WAM Festival.
- WAM’s series of industry workshops continued to offer skills development and networking opportunities, including a member-exclusive session with LA-based music supervisor and industry heavyweight PJ Bloom (Glee). WAM broadened its successful partnership with APRA I AMCOS, presenting four Music Industry Sundowner Sessions (MISS). A new series of four specialised workshops was also initiated, Higher Ground aimed at advancing the skills of local music managers.
- The Regional Program contributed to the advancement of regional artists through, culminating in the production of WAM’s extremely successful Sounds Of The Southwest and Sounds Of The Wheatbelt projects; a showcase of Wheatbelt Songwriters at Dowerin Field Days; the Pilbara Touring Circuit; and the Regional Roundtable.
- WAM’s new website launched in February. Coupled with a renewed focus on key social media channels, this saw an impressive growth in audience numbers, stakeholder engagement and overall communications effectiveness.