Joint Media Release
Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
Federal Minister for Communications
Liberal Candidate for Perth
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 international showcases.
"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 call1800 590 577.
Catalyst is administered by the Ministry of Arts within the Department of Communication and the Arts with the assistance of independent assessors.
(L-R) Federal Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield, WAM CEO Mike Harris and Liberal Candidate for Perth Jeremy Quinn
Fifield: Justine Sywak | 0448 448 487 | justine.sywak [at] communications.gov.au