Funding has been officially confirmed for Arts OutWest’s 12-month long Live and Kicking program. The program will be region-wide and focus on live, local and original music with the aim to build a touring circuit and support venues that have a commitment to live music events.

Calare MP Andrew Gee announced $82,742 in funding for Arts OutWest as part of the federal government’s Live Music Australia program. Mr Gee said the funding was intended to boost the Central West’s live music industry.

“The Arts OutWest Local Original Live and Kicking project is all about supporting our performing artists, getting regular music programs together and helping promote the output of our regional creators,” he said.

Arts OutWest executive director Tracey Callinan said there’s a lot of music industry professionals working across the Central West in desperate need of support after a tough 18 months in the face of COVID-19.

“Full and part-time musicians across the region have lost numerous gigs due to the pandemic, so want to ensure they’re receiving as much support as possible,” Ms Callinan said.

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IMAGE:  Musician Dave Webb photographed by Kerry Fragar (AOW media associate) at Little Alberts at The Victoria in Bathurst on the day of the funding announcement.