WAM's World: West Australian Music News February 2019

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Atlas Chasers launch their new single at Jack Rabbit Slim's (Perth) 16 February. Atlas Chasers launch their new single at Jack Rabbit Slim's (Perth) 16 February.

A brief glimpse at the goings-on in the WA music industry, rounded up by WAM aka West Australian Music.

Song Of The Year Entries Open Late February

WA’s greatest songwriting competition returns, albeit a little later than usual. You’ve now got more time to fine-tune your best tracks as applications for this year’s WAM Song Of The Year competition aren’t opening until late February.

The later start date comes in an effort to improve the application and voting process, with a new online platform currently in the works. We’re incredibly excited to launch this year’s competition on the new platform and are confident it will be worth the wait.

In the meantime, subscribe to WAM’s e-news to be the first to hear about WAM Song Of The Year 2018/19 prizes, judges, dates and more.

FREE WAM Member Grant Writing Workshop

With the recent announcement of a new Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries $1 million open access grants programme for Western Australia’s contemporary music artists, as part of the state government’s Contemporary Music Fund, WAM have had a lot of enquiries about what the best tips are for writing grants.

This WAM workshop (12 February) will provide the practical knowledge and tools to improve your grant writing with top tips on how to best prepare your own grant applications.

Leading the workshop will be two grant writing gurus; Georgia Kennedy (WAM), a fundraising and development professional with ten years experience in the not-for-profit sector; and Mike Wafer (FY Media), a music journalist and editor since 1996, with years of experience as a freelance grant writer, who has also worked for various promoters, managers, media companies and artists over the years.

Attendance by application only. Spaces are limited.

Girls Rock! WA

After a week of instrumental instruction, band mentoring, performance workshops and more, WAM’s first crop of Girls Rock! WA campers hit the stage at Mojo’s in January for their debut performance. WA's Minister for Culture and the Arts, David Templeman, announced $70,000 had been set aside for the Girls Rock! Program from the Government's newly launched Contemporary Music Fund.

Girls Rock! WA is a not-for-profit initiative that aims to inspire and empower female, trans and non-binary youth through music.

Who Run The World?

In collaboration with Perth Festival, we’re taking steps to address gender inequality in music with Who Run The World, a programme that empowers young female-identifying musicians to make the playing field just a little more even.

Who Run The World is about learning the essentials for kicking goals in the music industry. From creative process to the basics of sound, stage presence, to laying the foundations for a viable music business this is an opportunity to get the low down from those who have paved the way.

An incredible bunch of local musicians and Chevron Gardens performers will facilitate masterclasses and discussions across music, management, performance and production at WAAPA on 9 February.

LAUNCHPAD (upcoming local launches)

The Spunloves (single launch) - The Bird, 9 February
Justin Walsh Folk Machine (double single launch) - Clancy’s Fremantle, 16 February
Atlas Chasers (single launch) - Jack Rabbit Slim's, 16 February
The Killer Hipsters (vinyl relaunch) - Rhubarb Records, 22 February
Steve Hensby Band (album launch) - The Boston, 22 February
Flossy (single launch) - The Bird, 22 February
The Holy Smoke (single launch) - Ellington Jazz Club, 24 February
Mosquito Coast (single launch) - Chevron Gardens, 28 February

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