West Australian Music Annual Program 2022
WAM is the peak music body in Western Australia responsible for supporting, nurturing and growing all forms of original, contemporary music. WAM’s vision is to create an environment where West Australian artists can thrive, where their music is celebrated as diverse and unique, and the community can engage in the artform readily and easily.
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WA Music Week:
The inaugural WA Music Week took place over 10 days in March 2021 thanks to funding from Premier Mark McGowan and the State Government of WA, and ongoing support from WAM’s presenting partner Act Belong Commit. The initiative was established to connect the industry with audiences and inject vital funding directly to artists, industry practitioners and businesses across the WA music sector.
Featuring over 70 live music and industry development across metropolitan and regional WA, WA Music Week featured WAM’s flagship events WAMFest presented by Act Belong Commit, WAMCon and the WAMAwards, plus additional live music events Hear & Now, funded Music Everywhere shows and the Snapshot photography exhibition.
WAM facilitated the distribution of grants to WA venues, promoters and labels to hold a live music event featuring local artists throughout WA Music Week. This formed the Music Everywhere program which saw over 55 funded live shows take place across the 10-day celebration.
Song of the Year:
WAM's Song Of The Year is an annual competition, promoting the talented, original songwriting of West Australian artists that embraces contemporary music of all genres, levels and ages.
First established in 1989, the annual Song of the Year Competition coordinated by WAM and presented by Act-Belong-Commit invites songwriters, musicians and bands across Western Australia to submit their songs for a chance to win across multiple categories. The songs are anonymously and independently judged by an expansive range of music industry experts, with the winner of each category also in the running for the Grand Prize. Each year an Awards night is held to announce the winners and showcase some of West Australia’s best home-grown talent.
Activity type: Music