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WAM releases 2015 Annual Report and announces new board

22 Jun


After the latest Music Council meeting, WAM held its 2015 Annual General Meeting at Four5Nine Bar, delivering our Annual Report (view or download here, plus a summary below), covering the diverse range of events, projects and successful new initiatives WAM undertook in 2015, and voting on the new WAM Board.

We’re excited to welcome new Board members Toby Browne-Cooper (Managing Director at Oryx Consolidated, with nearly 20 years of legal, commercial advisory and development experience) and Holly Walton (Marketing & Business Adviser at Business Station Inc and MarketingWest, and a previous consultant for WAM). We’re also thankful to see the reappointment of Anton Mazandarani (WAAPA Marketing Manager, Co-Founder Death Disco) and Jacob Snell (Head of Business Development at Monster Management).

Our executive Board continues with President Al Taylor; Vice President Noah Shilkin; Secretary Bel Skinner; and Treasurer Steven McCabe; plus . A huge thank you also goes out to our outgoing board members Simon Reed (7 years on the Board), and David Hyams (a massive 17 years on the Board, including a stint as President in 2006/07), plus outgoing short-term members Jo Carson and Leanne Casellas.

The Annual Report was also delivered. As WAM President Al Taylor said, “It’s been a big year. We lifted our programs, events and actions another few notches, but we are far from done.” WAM CEO Mike Harris added, “As an organisation, we are striving to deliver strong outcomes that advance all sectors of the WA music community, and expose local music to the broadest audience. Most Western Australians have some touch point with music in their day-to-day lives, and we want that to be increasingly West Australian Music.”


Annual Report cover (high)

Some key highlights from 2015 included:

  • WAM continued to improve its financial position, achieving a budget surplus of $40,416.
  • Evidence of its greater engagement with the local music community, membership benefits and valuable opportunities offered,  WAM membership increased retention by 23% and saw a peak of  746 individual members.
  • WAM attained deductible gift recipient (DGR) status, WAM now able to receive tax deductible donations to the WA Music Fund. After hearing our Sounds Of The Pilbara II, local author and doctor Peter Burke was our first donor.
  • The 2015 WA Music Conference saw a 27% increase in ticket sales, 177 members of the WA music industry engaged and over 100 speed date meetings. The Quay Note Boat Party also sold-out.
  • 10,000+ punters celebrated WA music over the four-day WAM Festival, with shows from 166 acts across 25 venues and 27 events, plus the release of the 40-track Kiss My WAMi compilation. It won national media The Au Review‘s ‘Best WA Festival Award’ and saw nearly 500 WAM Festival-focused stories achieved.
  • In front of a full house of artists, interstate, international and local industry VIPs, the WA Music Awards see the likes of Tame Impala, Methyl Ethel, Tired Lion and KUČKA walk away the biggest winners. WAM also inducted Helen Matthews and Paul Sloan into the WAM Hall of Fame.
  • WAM workshops provided opportunities for 115 members of the WA music community with the Music Industry Sundowner Series, featuring industry leaders like LA-based music digital guru SuzAnn Brantner and Grammy Award-winning François Tétaz (Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know). A bespoke new workshop for self-managed artists was also introduced, Higher Note.
  • With a prize pool worth over $40,000, WAM’s Song Of The Year received 846 entries, with KUČKA taking home the Grand Prize at the epic SOTY party, which moved to the B-Shed in Fremantle.
  • The Wheatbelt Touring Circuit saw 4,326, punters enjoying music across 13 Wheatbelt centres over 10 monthly tours.
  • WAM’s groundbreaking all-Indigenous Sounds Of The Pilbara II: Songs In Language compilation showcased 26 tracks covering five First Nation’s languages, with highlight coverage including being selected as an RTRFM Feature Album.
  • Thanks to our partnership with Celebrate WA, State Of The Art Music Festival (SOTA) provided opportunities for over 60 WA acts across seven stages.
  • International strategies included seeing representation at Music Cities, The Great Escape and Music Matters Live, plus the Singapore Western Australia Music exchange saw five acts play and three managers attend Music Matters Live and three acts showcasing at Beerfest.
  • WAM played a central role in the debate about live venues in 2015 and was also involved in the Perth Venues Action public meeting, worked with the DCA on their live venues report and worked on growing the Music Council.
  • In collaboration with ECU Joondalup, WAM instigated a crucial, high-level, piece of research into the scope of the music industry in WA.
  • WAM key social media platforms all exceeded 15% KPIs, ranging from 20.2-162% increases in engagement and followings across all platforms. Website traffic saw vast improvements, including Page Views increasing by 37.1% and Users by 74.7%.
  • Plus much more…



Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The ArtsGovernment of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lottery West, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.