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      NEWS: WAM Festival & Music Conference update; How WAM selects acts; BIGSOUND WA Guide; Take CONTROL; and more
      EVENTS: Album launches galore!


      Things are heating up around the WAM office, with Festival beginnings getting us excited. Firstly though, after completely packing out the room for the lastMusic Industry Sundowner Series session on management, we were further impressed by the caliber of applicants for the debut Higher Groundmanagement workshop series, beginning tomorrow. Congratulations to the final participants selected, all listed here. We’re excited to share with them access to some of the best in the business from across Australia, helping advance their acts to higher grounds. Also on the management tip, be sure to apply for the incredible Control program, as featured here.

      MUSIC CONFERENCE – Save these dates

      In line with WAM’s greater focus on increasingly valuable educational opportunities, last year’s WAM Festival Music Conference was a huge step forward, with the industry and attendees alike all blown away with the event that was spread over the State Library, WA Museum and the PICA Performance Space. This year will build on this model, solidifying it as the WA-based learning and networking event essential for all music industry, whether you’re a self-managed artist, promoter, band member, manager, student or beyond, so mark the following dates in for the WAM Festival Music Conference: Friday 7 and Saturday 8 November, 9.30am-4pm!

      SHOWCASING – Now processing

      Thanks for all the applications to showcase at the WAM Festival (Thursday 6 – Saturday 8 November) and be included in the KISS My WAMi compilation. We’re currently going through these and are pleased to confirm this year’s WAM Festival is already shaping to be showcasing the cream of WA’s impressive crop, with a more diverse range and more potent, focused industry opportunities than ever before. How are we choosing the acts? Check out ournew guide to this process here and please be patient as we get through all the applications to find the best opportunities suited to acts!

      WAM AWARD JUDGING – Last chance

      Whether you’re an artist, manager, media, promoter, label rep, photographer or even door person, it’s your last chance to register to be part of the WA Music Industry Judging Pool, who decide on the WAM Award winners via a simple voting process. Simply send an email to the WAM Festival Coordinator at greg@wam.org.au with a brief description of what you do.

      How does WAM select acts for events and programs?

      There are 1000s of WA acts not only active but doing amazing things, so selecting acts for WAM's many events and programs is never a straightforward process. Whilst WAM strives for diversity, access, inclusiveness and more, every event and program cannot equally fulfill these goals, but rather each has different focuses and employs different strategies to maximize the potential benefits for a range of stakeholders. As such, WAM has created a set of criteria...

      CONTROL applications open for managers

      Diverse music management programCONTROL is now looking for mid-career music managers to apply for the five stage programme designed to assist music managers from Australia and New Zealand in growing their businesses.Paul McKessar (Manager of Brooke Fraser, The Naked and Famous, Lydia Cole, Breaks Co-op), Correne Wilkie(Manager of The Cat Empire, Jackson Jackson, Harry James Angus) and other business advisers will work closely with...

      WAM's Guide to catching WA acts at BIGSOUND

      Engulfing Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley and taking in 140 hot new artists across 14 live venues, tickets are still available for this country's biggest showcase of national talent. With the most number ofWA acts at this year’s BIGSOUND Live(15 compared to 5 last year!), there’s more chances than ever to taste what exactly makes WA music so unique. So many acts (140 in total!!) in fact that we’ve created this guide...

      Art Music Awards – WA winners

      Winners have been announced across 11 national and seven state categories at this year’s Art Music Awards held in Melbourne at the Plaza Ballroom on Tuesday 26 August, and a bunch of experimental and forward-thinking WA musicians have come up trumps, including James Ledger (pictured, Work of the Year: Orchestral Award for his violin concerto Golden Years, commissioned by WASO), Cat Hope...

      AMIN wants your opinion via 2 new surveys

      AMIN (Australian Music Industry Network, which WAM is a part of) is interested in your opinion on a few key issues that we know you face on a regular basis. There are two surveysthey would like you to complete, only taking roughly about 5 minutes each. Complete the surveys and you’ll enter the the draw to win a combination of membership, conference passes, awards night passes and other great things from us at WAM...

      Bri Clark wins WA Telstra Road To Discovery Heat

      Rivervale musician Bri Clark, 21, has taken out the Fremantle heat for Telstra Road to Discovery, one of Australia’s most recognised talent development programs that searches for the next great generation of original songwriters. Now in its 12th year, the program provides a real and genuine pathway into the Australian music scene for emerging home-grown musicians, and Bri is now in the running to win a $15,000 music development...

      APRA AMCOS & PPCA announce partnership

      APRA AMCOS and PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia) have announced they will work together to further develop the ATSI (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander) Music Office. This new cross-industry partnership will help the ATSI Music Office deliver its key goals and objectives. PPCA will work with APRA AMCOS and the ATSI Music Office to provide opportunities for ATSI artists, build market presence and help address problems associated with remoteness...

      ACMF school-age Songwriting Comp

      Don Spencer’s Australian Children’s Music Foundation is proud to launch it’s 12th annual National Songwriting Competition! Schoolchildren of all ages across Australia are invited to compose an original song for the chance to WIN a share in over $30,000 in prizes and the competition is FREE. This year, the competition’s ambassador is Timomatic, star of So You Think You Can Dance and Australia’s Got Talent. Entries close...

      What I See When I Look At Sound

      What I see When I Look At Sound is an exhibition series launching new pieces by five outstanding Western Australian artists including Cat Hope, Kynan Tan, Lyndon Blue and Australian artists Lauren Brown, Matthew Gingold andLeigh Robb. It's been wowing people since early July, but this Sunday is your last chance to catch...

      BIGSOUND 2014

      BIGSOUND 2014 is now in its 13th year. Produced byQMusic, and similar to WAM’s own WAM Festival and Music Conference, BIGSOUND is positioned as Australia’s most internationally focused music industry conference. With over 140 acts the lineup is huge including WA's own...

      School Of Life Launch w/ John Butler

      Human rights lawyer, Julian Burnside and musician John Butler will join forces to explore the virtue of being fair at aSecular Sermon for The School of Life Perth (Ande Roestenburg is the director of the school )on Sunday 14 September at Winthrop Hall. John Butler will perform three folk-song ‘hymns’ in a rare solo show in Perth, and Julian...


      Rottofest 2014, the sixth annual weekend festival of comedy, film and music on Rottnest Island curated byVulture Culture, is proud to announce its best line-up yet, with over 25 comedy performers and 12 music acts set to perform across 5 venues on the island with an exciting new opening comedy gala opening. Rottofest this year will include locals Coin Banks, Rainy Day Women, Our Man In Berlin, plus...

      Southbound 2015

      Southbound announced the most significant change to the festival in its ten years of existence – the opportunity to camp next to your cars at Southbound 2015. They have been working hard at Sunset HQ to bring you yet again another memorable lineup. Check out the artists who’ll be soaking up the Southbound sun in January. The line up includes WA’s own John Butler Trio...

      LAUNCHPAD: Promoting local launches

      + Curtis McEntee, Kat Wilson and The Insatiables combine their powers to launch their respective EPs all in one night, with their Sea Legs WA Tour hitting Mojo’s Bar tonight, 28 August.

      + Folk-rock and all round nice guy royalty Robbie Jalapeno & The Fabulous Band of Faceless Bureaucrats(pictured left) launch theirCarmina de Nihil album at The Astor Lounge on Friday 29 August with Elk Bell.

      + Sacred Flower Unionpresent latest albumAfternoon Reflectors at The Bird Friday 29 August, with Special guests Mel Saraswati, The Flower Drums and Tourist Kid.

      + Ascending Fall launch their new single at Ya-Ya’s Friday 29 August with the help of a killer ska/punk line-up Scalphunter, Blindspot, 88 To Yesterday, House Arrest and Trip Hazard & The Rude boys.

      + Kraut rock jam band (consisting of UoMM, Injured Ninja and Mayor Dadi members)Reptilluminati release debut album Voodoo Cowboys at The Bird Saturday 30 August, with support from Man the Clouds, Brown and Kaan.

      + The Autumn Isles present a new creative chapter with their second album A Bird Called Cognition. Launching on Saturday 30 August at The Bakery, with Special guestsThe High Learys, Gunns, Thee Gold Blooms and Jeff's Dead.

      + Silver Hills (pictured right)present the second launch show of their new EPPlasticine Daydream at Mojo’s Bar Saturday 30 August, with support from Childsaint, Dream Rimmy, Rabbit Island and Gunns.

      + Saturday 30 August, kicking off a National tour, Zoe Ryan & The Dandy Lion launches her folk-pop EP Our Patchwork Hearts at Ya Ya’s with support from Max Hitchings and The Tin Man.

      + Hip Hop artist Kogz launches his album Piece Of Mind to a sold out crowd on Friday 5 September at Ya-Ya’s. Support from The Psych Ward, Azmatik, Inrone and Inveigh Slang.

      + Grunge rockers and 2013 WAM Award dominators The Love Junkies (pictured, top) launch their second album Blowing On The Devil's Strumpet at The Rosemount Hotelon Saturday 6 September, supported by Mt. Mountain, PUCK, Horror My Friend andSprawl.

      + Gypsy-ska rockers Caravãna Sun launch their new single ‘Jackal in the Night’ the final release from their album AYA, celebrating at Mojo’s Bar on Sunday 7 September with Blue Child and The Weapon is Sound.

      Launching a release and want some free promo?

      Please email Aarom Wilson at communications@wam.org.au with a photo of your act and media release with details on the launch.
      Priority space/photos given to WAM Members.

      Mindful Singing Workshop - 10% discount

      On Sunday 7 September there’s anotherThis Is Not X Factor: Mindful Singing Workshop happening at East Victoria Park. It’s an all day workshop exploring simple but effective meditation techniques, vocalisations and exercises to connect your mind, body, breath, being and voice, and WAM Members receive a 10% discount off..

      LISTEN: Sounds of the Wheatbelt

      Having launched over the last few days at GWN7 Dowerin Field Days, Sounds of the Wheatbelt is a limited edition ten-track album featuring incredible artists from across the Wheatbelt region. Listen hear to discover exclusive recordings of songs from Hayden Sprigg (Mukinbudin),The Pipeline Band (Northam), Georgie Sadler (Wongan Hills), Tom O’Brien and Russel Gooley (Narrogin)...

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