The Contemporary Music Fund is designed to support Western Australian contemporary music artists to play to new audiences across the State and nationally. As part of the Fund's regional component, a compilation CD featuring original songs by ten Wheatbelt music acts, has been launched. Demos from the Wheatbelt enabled the musicians, many of whom had never been in a recording studio before, to record their songs with highly-regarded Western Australian music producers' Dan Carrol and Mat Gio. Demos from the Wheatbelt is part of West Australian Music's (WAM) regional recording programs that provide an opportunity for musicians and audio engineers with limited or no access to professional recording facilities - to record, publish and promote their original songs.
The Contemporary Music Fund has invested $215,000 in the Regional Recording Programs for the next two years. The program will visit other regions across the State during this time. WAM is also providing opportunities on a national level through the Contemporary Music Fund. Over the next three years, an additional $135,000 will support WA music artists to showcase at music festival and conference Bigsound. The Contemporary Music Fund is made up of a series of targeted initiatives which will inject a total of $3 million into WA's contemporary music sector over four years.