The ongoing COVID-19 restrictions that continue to create uncertainty surrounding the staging of live music events has forced West Australian Music (WAM) to postpone the annual WAMFest, WAMCon and WAMAwards events (planned for November) to early 2021.
The three events are the peak celebration of WA original contemporary music, drawing over 60 international, national and local industry delegates and showcasing over 200 home-grown original artists to the general public each year.
Given the invaluable industry development, employment and performance opportunities for the WA music sector these showcase events provide, the cautious approach provides organisers the best possible pathway to successfully stage them.
"WAMFest, WAMCon and the WA Music Awards are major milestone moments in the local music calendar," WAM CEO, Mike Harris says.
"It's important we ensure delivery of the best events with the biggest impact, and we feel we would be somewhat compromised in November.
"By moving our major events to early 2021, we believe we can deliver the best events as possible for all Western Australians."
The 2020 series was slated to run 12-14 November. Stay tuned for more information about the 2021 dates.
The WA Government have also designated $350k funding for WAM to deliver directly to the live music sector. These funds will generate financial support to venues, industry workers and artists through additional events and employment opportunities.