Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Boost a performance plus for country audiences

    5/05/2016 8:00 AM
    • Regional Touring Boost grants target Gascoyne and Wheatbelt
    • More than 12,500 expected at performances and workshops
    • Made possible by Royalties for Regions 

    Gascoyne in May artists will tour the Gascoyne and the WA Music Industry Association (WAM) will co-ordinate a series of Wheatbelt tours, thanks to State Government funding.


    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the Regional Touring Boost grants program, made possible by Royalties for Regions, aimed to increase the number and diversity of performing artists touring regional areas over three years.


    "Boost is lifting performance numbers through comedy, dance, circus, music, theatre and multi-arts shows," Mr Day said.


    "The tours will be seen by thousands of local children, adults and tourists who attend the performances or take part in the workshops."


    Gascoyne in May received $96,541 towards its 2016 program, which will include aerial dance and circus company Natural Wings and ZAP CIRCUS.  Artists Dave Mann, Bec Schofield and Kallidad will perform music and mentor songwriters in the region.


    Gascoyne in May artists will cover more than 2,700 kilometres to offer skills training, 17 performances, 72 workshops and 23 mentorships at the Festival of the Reef at Coral Bay, the Barefoot Black Tie at Denham, Shark Bay, the Burringurrah Festival of Fire, the Gascoyne River Music Festival at Gascoyne Junction, Carnarvon's TropiCOOL Festival and the Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival at Exmouth.


    WAM has received $62,400 towards co-ordinating a series of visits to venues in Wheatbelt towns including Bencubbin, Nungarin, Quindanning, Kellerberrin, Dowerin, Narrogin, Wongan Hills, York, Beverley, Toodyay and Merredin, plus agricultural events throughout the region.


    The Wheatbelt Touring Circuit involves a series of 10 visits by professional contemporary Western Australian musicians, who will deliver 90 performances and four workshops to an anticipated audience of over 10,000 people. 


    The series of tours involve Perth-based artists being joined by local support groups to perform over a three-day weekend.  WAM will also work with the Narrogin Musicians Association to run a series of music-based community workshops.


    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said creating opportunities for culture and the arts supported social and economic development, and contributed to building vibrant communities in regional WA.


    "Our investment in the Boost program increases the number of live performances for regional audiences and provides opportunities for performing arts groups to engage with communities," Mr Redman said.


    "I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions enriching the quality of life for people in our regions."


    Fact File

    Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700