WA musicians are getting an early Christmas present in the form of a new $1 million grants program.

Starting next year, the McGowan government-funded program will "assist WA artists and music industry professionals with producing and promoting their work, nationally and internationally".

The program will also aim to improve the representation of Aboriginal, regional, cultural and gender diverse music artists in the industry.

Grants will be available in two categories: 

  • Music artists seeking up to $15,000 in funding  (applications open 8 January 2019)
  • For applications between $15,000 and $60,000, three major grants rounds will be offered (first applications open 22 January 2019) 

“The Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program is a culmination of about three years of hard work between WAM and The McGowan Government," WAM CEO Mike Harris said.

"It’s a fantastic result that will create more opportunities for WA artists to promote their music, distribute their music and showcase their music, nationally and around the world.

“We commend The McGowan Government for their ongoing support and look forward to continuing to work closely with the Department to nurture and grow WA music into the future.

“The message to the music sector is, let’s use the new Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program to excel so we can continue to lobby for further funding as we head into the next election.”

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