Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield and Jeremy Quinn announced $45,925 in Catalyst funding for international exchange programs run by the West Australian Music Industry Association (WAM).

WAM’s 2016 International Strategy includes international performance opportunities, attendance at conferences, communication with the sector and market support for West Australian bands at international showcases.

In recent years West Australian bands have proven themselves nationally and internationally. Tame Impala took out APRA AMCOS Song of the Year last week for Let it Happen and have won Best International Group at the 2016 BRIT Awards, five ARIA Awards for their studio album Currents and a Grammy nomination in the Best Alternative Album category.

The Catalyst funding will help continue this phenomenal success in exporting Western Australian music to the world through WAM’s engagement initiatives.

The Catalyst - Australian Arts and Culture Fund is open to applications at all times. For more information or to apply, visit the Catalystweb page or call 1800 590 577.