Arts OutWest will further support the live music industry in the Central West with a 12-month long program of local gigs.
Our LIVE AND KICKING program will be region-wide and focus on live, local, original music; continuing to build a touring circuit; and supporting the venues that have a strong commitment to music events.
Calare MP Andrew Gee announced $82,742 in funding for Arts OutWest – as well as $54,450 for The Victoria Bathurst for venue development – on Friday 16 July as part of the federal government’s Live Music Australia program.
Mr Gee said the funding would look to help bolster the Central West’s live music industry who, like many other areas of Australia, has faced significant cultural and financial difficulty for a number of years, with COVID-19 further exacerbating the situation.
Arts OutWest executive director Tracey Callinan said there’s a lot of music industry professionals working across the Central West in desperate need of support after a tough 18 months in the face of COVID-19.
“Full and part-time musicians across the region have lost numerous gigs due to the pandemic, so want to ensure they’re receiving as much support as possible,” Ms Callinan said.
The Victoria general manager Heath Smith said the latest round of funding will allow his venue to enhance the live music experience and increase the calibre of artists.
“It’s not always about dollars in the till: we need to nurture a synergetic relationship between artists and venues to deepen the cultural fabric of our communities,” Health Smith told media at the event.
A big thanks to central west musicians Darren Smith, Juzzy Gold, Cletis Carr, Milly Washbrook and Dave Webb who came along to show their support for the music program.
IMAGE: Musician Dave Webb photographed by Kerry Fragar (AOW media associate) at Little Alberts at The Victoria in Bathurst on the day of the funding announcement.