Financial boost to aid contemporary music industry

May 8, 2018 by  

Contemporary musicians in Balcatta and throughout Western Australia are the focus of a new Contemporary Music Fund valued at $3m.

Premier Mark McGowan, who announced the funding initiative recently, said the economy and job market benefited greatly from the State’s music industry.

He said the music industry generated jobs in entertainment and cultural areas, as well as associated industries such as tourism, printing services and more.

It is expected the grants will assist local music artists with production costs, recording, performance, promotions and marketing. In addition, it may help industry members, including musicians, to build links within the local, national and worldwide industries.

McGowan said the Contemporary Music Fund will benefit a wide representation of music professionals and musicians from a diverse range of gender, cultural, regional and Aboriginal backgrounds.

One of the aims of the funding is to also root out ways to help develop the state’s modern music industry further.

According to peak industry group West Australian Music (WAM), the industry injects about $1m annually into the local economy and provides an estimated 3,000 jobs for full-time workers.

David Templeman, Culture and Arts Minister, praised the level of talented artists, bands and musicians across many styles and genres in the state, saying:

"We want to make sure that the rest of the country and the world continues to hear and share the unique and amazing music which comes from one of the most isolated places on earth."