South West locals may soon find it easier to pursue a professional career in music.
The South West Development Commission has joined forces with regional stakeholders, including the Creative Corner, to develop the music industry in the Southwest.
SWDC acting chief executive officer Rebecca Ball said the Commission is working to create and sustain an economy which will support local music employment.
“For many people, music is a sideline act to other employment, but we want to develop the industry in the South West so that there are more opportunities for local people to pursue a living from their passion,” Ms Ball said.
Southwest music producer and Creative Corner vice president Noah Shilkin said it's easier for musicians in smaller areas to be heard, due to technology.
“The strategy will give people who don’t live in urban centres the chance to access the tools necessary to pursue a career in music,” Mr Shilkin said.
“It’s not just about being a rock star or the guy on stage, there are many aspects to the industry. Potential career options range from sound engineer to record producer to graphic designer.”
The strategy will involve an involved assessment of the local music industry, and actioning ways to build it up.
The Creative Corner's 'Notes for Notes' program is one of the first initiatives, which involves voluntary contributions to acts playing at live venues. These contributions would then be a bonus for live performers, along with their original fee.