State Govt commits $3m to Contemporary Music Fund

Emerging Perth rapper Arno Faraji won Triple J's Unearthed High competition in 2017. Picture: Facebook/Arno Faraji
Emerging Perth rapper Arno Faraji won Triple J's Unearthed High competition in 2017. Picture: Facebook/Arno Faraji

NEWS of a funding windfall for home-grown talent will be music to the ears of contemporary musicians.

The State Government will fulfil an election promise to deliver a $3 million Contemporary Music Fund.

Premier Mark McGowan said the music industry boosts the economy and creates thousands of jobs for West Australians.

He made the announcement on Monday ahead of next week’s State Budget.

“Apart from the cultural and entertainment benefits the creative music industry provides, it also supports tourism and creates thousands of jobs, particularly for young West Australians,” he said.

Over the next four years, the grants are expected to assist local talent with marketing, promotional, performance, recording and production costs.

The funding will further support musicians and others working in the industry in building links between the local music industry, as well as the national and international industries.

Government backing of the industry will assist a broad representation of musicians and music professionals from Aboriginal, regional, cultural and gender diverse backgrounds.

The State will work with industry stakeholders to identify ways to further develop WA’s contemporary music industry.

West Australian Music (WAM), the peak industry body, said the contemporary music industry is worth about $1 billion to the state economy each year and creates about 3,000 full-time jobs.

Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman said WA was 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,” he said.

A Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries spokesman said consultations in May and June would determine the structure of the support, including the eligibility criteria.

“Following those consultations, we look forward to promoting the new program through our website and through our valued industry partners,” he said.

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