West Australian Music (WAM) has announced its new CEO.

Commencing a five-year contract with Western Australia's peak industry body for contemporary music on July 1, Natasha Collier returns to Perth following her work as CFO with Big Day Out and then Sydney Opera House.

“WA has always punched above its weight in terms of its home-grown contemporary music talent,” Collier said. 

“I'm privileged and thrilled to be joining WA’s peak music body and to champion the state’s incredible array of talented artists and industry players.” 

WAM President Al Taylor added: “We are delighted to confirm such a high calibre candidate as the next CEO for WAM.

“Natasha is very well regarded for her considerable contribution to the arts sector having led some of this country’s most successful arts organisations including Sydney Opera House and the iconic and long-running Big Day Out.

“She is a valuable advocate for the industry and a champion for innovation and transformation for organisational sustainability. 

“Following the uncertainty and challenges of the last 12-18 months her insight, fresh thinking and strong advocacy will be of great benefit to our sector as it continues its recovery.

“Natasha joins WAM during an exciting time of growth and revitalisation and we are very excited to enter a new era of success and achievement under her leadership.”

Collier’s appointment follows the departure of long-term WAM CEO Mike Harris and she takes over from acting CEO Livia Carrè.

WAM’s 2021 Song Of The Year Awards were originally scheduled to take place tonight at Freo.Social, but due to COVID lockdown in the state, they have been pushed to September 22.

To see the full list of 2021 nominees and get more details on the event, head to the WAM website here.