- $3 million to deliver the Contemporary Music Fund election commitment
- The fund will support local artists to produce and promote their music
- Funding to develop local, national and international markets for WA music
- Music industry supports WA's economy and creates jobs for Western Australians
The McGowan Labor Government has announced a $3 million fund to support homegrown contemporary music artists - an industry that boosts the economy and creates thousands of jobs for Western Australians.
Next week the State Budget will include the Contemporary Music Fund, a McGowan Labor Government election commitment, which will inject $3 million over the next four years to contribute to the development of markets for WA music.
Grants will be made available to promote talented local musicians and assist them with marketing, promotional, performance, recording and production costs.
The fund will enable musicians and those working in the industry to build links between the local music industry, as well as the national and international industries.
It will ensure a strong representation of musicians and music professionals from Aboriginal, regional, cultural and gender diverse backgrounds.
The McGowan Labor Government will also work with industry stakeholders to identify ways to further develop WA's contemporary music industry.
According to peak industry body West Australian Music, the contemporary music industry is worth almost $1 billion to the WA economy each year and creates almost 3,000 direct full-time jobs.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"Apart from the cultural and entertainment benefits the creative music industry provides, it also supports tourism and creates thousands of jobs, particularly for young Western Australians.
"A strong and vibrant local music industry is a key driver of the vibrant nightlife that we would like to grow in our city, to create more entertainment options for both locals and tourists."
Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:
"Western Australia has proven over the years that it has been home to a wonderfully talented group of musicians, bands and artists across genres and styles.
"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.
"The Contemporary Music Fund will assist upcoming Western Australian artists to produce and promote their music, giving them a helping hand in building national and international links."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400