Let’s face it, we would have all heard and even enjoyed a chuckle at the slang that is often affectionately associated with Western Australia. Terms like ‘Sandgropers’, ‘Wait A While’, ‘West Aliens’ etc. More earnestly however, we could also add; ‘Wonder Artists’.
Without question, the state has historically spawned some of Australia’s finest and most successful exports as far as music talent is concerned, and it is more often than not, due to the support offered to artists at a roots level from funding bodies and organisations such as Healthway promoting the LiveLighter message, Department of Culture and the Arts WA, WAM and in the country music genre, the likes of Country Music Club of Boyup Brook, through their esteemed event; The West Australian Country Music Awards presented by LiveLighter.
First established in 1986 as part of the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival, these prestigious awards have since developed into a flagship occasion on the WA Country Music Calendar - publicly recognising and celebrating the achievements of WA artists through honouring the talent, work and accomplishments of elite country artists in Western Australia and spotlighting the industry’s rising W.A. stars.
With ten (10) categories in total - as well as a People’s Choice award, the event boasts a staggering $8,500 in cash and prizes to be distributed. This also includes opportunities for winners to perform on mainstage in front of a sizeable festival audience and industry professionals from around the country.
Presented by LiveLighter, the West Australian Country Music Awards, have attracted country music talent from all over W.A. including artists from the remote Kimberley region which is rich in music culture with the likes of Fitzroy Xpress, John Bennetts, Ginger Cox and Theona Councillor to name just a few of the finalists and winners from previous years.
Submissions to enter these significant awards close September 30, 2018 with more information about categories offered and entry forms available for download HERE or by phoning 9765 1657
Finalists will be announced at the end of December. Winners will be presented on Friday 15th February at the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival which is now considered one of the top country music festivals in Australia.