It’s no secret the live music scene has had a hard go of it the last few years, but a collaborative effort from RAC Arena and WAM (the state’s not-for-profit, peak music body) aims at supporting local artists by providing financial, performance and promotional opportunities during 2023.
The generous Limelight support package includes $5000 in financial assistance, $2500 of music equipment thanks to Mega Music and Yamaha, paid performance opportunities on RAC Arena’s Live Stage, inclusion in the WAMFest 2023 lineup and promotional support via RAC Arena’s marketing channels.
Emerging musicians over 18 years of age are encouraged to apply with a plan of how they would spend the 12 months, demonstrating how the package would be utilised and the expected outcomes.
“Our hope for the Limelight program is to foster growth and development in the already vibrant music scene in WA,” says RAC Arena’s general manager Michael Scott.
“It’s one of ASM Global’s core values that we give back to the communities in which our venues operate in.”
“Artists across the country are feeling the pinch, with audiences tightening their belts and remaining cautious about their spending and new wave COVID exposure,” WAM’s Strategic Relationships and Development Manager Georgia Kennedy added.
“Artists in WA are no different. At times like these, a program like Limelight is a welcome tonic and WAM is proud to support RAC Arena in this great initiative, which will provide multiple benefits to a stand-out West Australian emerging or early career artist.”
The fund’s judging panel will include RAC Arena’s Michael Scott, triple j music programmer and producer Tanya Bunter, WAM board member and musician Alexia Parenzee, artist manager Murray Curnow from Hat management agency, and Sounds Australia’s digital export producer, Dom Alessio.
For more information on how to apply, head to the RAC Arena website. Applications are open now, and will close on 5PM on Wednesday November 30, 2022.