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WAM’s vision is for a unified and inclusive sector for all industry practitioners, musicians and music consumers. Whilst WA is the home of a flourishing music sector, continued work and support is important to continue progressing gender and cultural equality through-out the sector.
WAM has established several initiatives to provide support for the sector and encourage active progress towards this collective goal.
To address growing awareness that women, trans and gender non-binary people are more susceptible to discrimination in the music industry, WAM founded the Gender Equity Working Group to raise awareness and drive new initiatives to progress gender equity.
The group was formed off the back of a series of meetings and forums held throughout 2017 and 2018 with women working in a broad spectrum of roles in the WA music sector. Through these meetings, WAM is able to capture an authentic view of the current issues and experiences of women, trans and non-binary people, and work alongside the community to develop active strategies to address gender discrimination.
Spearheaded by WAM Chief Executive Mike Harris and Industry Development Officer Claire Hodgson, Fair Play WA is an initiative aimed at improving gender equity in the WA music sector through understanding the lives experiences of individuals within the sector, conducting additional research, providing awareness, and presenting informed recommendations. The initiative stemmed from a series of forums and meetings with the Gender Equity Working Group held in mid-2017 and early-2018, with work currently underway for the Fair Play WA report.
More information on Fair Play WA can be located HERE.
The WAM Diversity Committee was established to provide leadership, education and initiatives that foster an industry culture that is more inclusive and promotes diversity for the benefit of the industry as a whole. The Committee provides support and consultation to aid in the formulation, delivery and evaluation of diversity initiatives within the organisation and across its’ programs and activities.
Keychange is an international campaign led by Reeperbahn Festival (Germany), PRS Foundation (UK) and Musikcentrum Öst (Music Centre East, Sweden) investing in emerging artists and striving for gender equality across all facets of the international music sector. In 2018, Keychange launched the Keychange pledge, calling on music organisations world-wide to sign up to a 50:50 gender balance pledge by 2022. WAM is proud to be a signatory of the pledge for WAMFest and WAMCon, with equality in programming strived for across all WAM activities and programs.
The Girls Rock! program, which originated in the US and is now practised successfully around the globe, is a week-long day camp of instrumental instruction, band rehearsals, workshops, and fun activities designed to empower and inspire aspiring young female, trans, and non-binary musicians. WAM established the Girls Rock! WA Programin January 2019 under the direction of WAM Audience Development Officer, musician and Girls Rock! WA Co-ordinator, Em Burrows. Two Girls Rock! WA camps are held per year, with additional funding received from the State Government through the Cultural Music Fund.
More information on Girls Rock! WA can be located here.
Established in early 2018, the Women’s Music Network (WMN) aims to provide a platform to empower women, trans and gender non-binary people in music through the development of supportive networks to uncover opportunities, share knowledge and encourage collaboration within music and the arts.
Meetings will take place every two months, with a new key note speaker stepping up each time and sharing their story, insight, and advice with the group. Special editions of Women’s Music Network will also be held throughout the year to take advantage of any interstate or international speakers available.
In addition to regular WMN meetings, women, trans, and gender non-binary people in WA music are invited to join the WMN Facebook group to stay up-to-date on related news and upcoming events.