JOINT MEDIA RELEASE - Showcasing Western Australian talent overseas
LIBERAL CANDIDATE FOR
14 April 2016
Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield
together with the Liberal Candidate for Perth, Jeremy Quinn today announced
$45,925 in Catalyst funding for international exchange programs run by
the West Australian Music Industry Association (WAM).
WAM’s 2016 International Strategy
includes international performance opportunities, attendance at conferences,
communication with the sector and market support for West Australian bands at
“West Australian bands have proven
themselves nationally and internationally in recent years such as Tame Impala,
who in 2016 took out APRA AMCOS Song of the Year last week for Let it Happen
and have won Best International Group at the 2016 BRIT Awards, five ARIA Awards
for their theirs studio album Currents and a Grammy nomination in the
Best Alternative Album category,” Minister Fifield said.
“This Catalyst funding will
help continue this phenomenal success in exporting Western Australian music to
the world through WAM’s engagement initiatives.”
Liberal candidate for Perth, Jeremy
Quinn, said that it was important that West Australian bands had tailored
support to introduce their music to international audiences.
“We know how good our local bands are
and this funding will help boost their chances of connecting with audiences in
overseas markets,” Mr Quinn said.
WAM CEO Mike Harris said Western Australian music continually shows itself to be a
national leader in terms of the music we create.
“We certainly have the amp
tuned up to 11 over here in Western Australia,” Mr Harris said.
“Access to international
trends, intelligence and markets only helps support and advance the strong
position we hold. A better informed sector is a better performing sector which
contributes significantly to our social, cultural and economic well-being.”
For further information on Catalyst
visit www.arts.gov.au/catalyst or call 1800 590 577.
Catalyst is administered by the Ministry of Arts within the Department of
Communication and the Arts with the assistance of independent assessors