City of Vincent slashes $20,000 from YMCA live music venue

City of Vincent slashes $20,000 from YMCA live music venue
City of Vincent slashes $20,000 from YMCA live music venue
City of Vincent slashes $20,000 from YMCA live music venue
City of Vincent slashes $20,000 from YMCA live music venue

THE City of Vincent has cut its funding to Leederville all ages live music venue YMCA HQ by $20,000 this financial year.

After contributing $60,000 in the 2016-17 financial year, Vincent had allocated half that figure to the venue, which also has a gallery space for young artists, where local bands and singers such as Suns of June, The Watts and Ziggy Ramo got their start.

Councillor Susan Gontaszewski went in to bat for the non-profit organisation, successfully moving at the July 25 council meeting to increase funding by a further $10,000 for fear programs may be cut as a result.

Cr Gontaszewski said she understood it “may result in the decrease of some service provisions”.

“I moved the extra $10,000 so there would not be such a significant reduction in funding, so that we could ensure they could continue to deliver services in the second half of the year,” she said.

Mayor Emma Cole said the City wanted to see figures from YMCA on how many of its residents benefited from the organisation’s programs at the venue.

Phil Stevens from Jarrah Records, who manages John Butler, The Waifs and San Cisco, said funding under-18 venues was “vital”.

“I have managed two under-18 years old bands in my time, San Cisco and The Flairz; it is so hard to build an audience when you are only able to play, if lucky, in a licensed venue,” he said,

“It is about building a peer community and it is vital that young bands have the chance to play to young people.

“It is vital to keep funding venues that host under-18 shows.

“How else will kids get to experience the power of live music in an affordable and safe environment?”

YMCA WA would not comment on whether the funding cut could jeopardise programs or if funding would be sought elsewhere.

General manager Brooke Draper said it would continue to work with the City of Vincent.

“HQ has been a part of the Leederville community for 15 years,” she said,

“YMCA WA looks forward to continuing to provide services that support young people into the future and working with the City of Vincent.”