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The New Noise Program forms part of WAM’s Audience Development initiatives targeted at encouraging young people in metropolitan and regional areas to engage with contemporary music. The program is sponsored by Healthway and carries the Act Belong Commit message for mental wellness. New Noise has seen the roll-out of a schools program, as well as the development of a youth-run collective regularly coordinating all-ages shows in community spaces.
The schools program sees WA musicians visit metropolitan and regional primary and high schools to perform live, conduct workshops and work through a series of positive, inclusive and engaging work materials.
Since commencing, the program has seen local musicians visit over 50 schools across the state.
Jarred (Boox Kid) made quite an impression on all who attended his performance. His calm and engaging manner made an impact. In particular, it was fantastic for our boys to watch an indigenous man be so calm and play such beautiful music. Many of our students that may find sitting for short periods of time challenging, certainly didn’t have an issue when listening to Jarred. By the end of the performance, it was so encouraging to see many students gain confidence to sing and/or dance. – Deputy Principal, Dijdi Dijdi School, Bunbury
New Noise Collective is a group of young people mentored by WAM’s Audience Development Officer, Em Burrows, who work together to put on all ages live music events. The collective have successfully delivered live stages at WAM’s flagship event WAMFest presented by Act Belong Commit, as well as the ongoing Library Sessions series which sees monthly live performances from local musicians at the State Library of Western Australia.