Grant boosts live music scene

By Ian Beeck | posted on December 17, 2020

UNDER the guidance of local music guru Geoff Waldeck, Six Degrees has picked up a $25,000 grant to promote live and original music for musicians battling through pandemic restrictions.

The money will be used to instigate and develop a new musical venture for Six Degrees entitled The Revelator Series.

With the music industry facing severe pressures, Live Music Australia opened up the first round of grants to assist live music venues re-open, build or re-build their capacity for programming activity as restrictions eased.

Waldeck, who was given official confirmation on Monday, hopes the money will be received by this week and is planning live music events accordingly for the next 12 months.

He wants aspiring original-based musicians from the Great Southern to get in contact with him, where they will have the potential opportunity to perform in a paid industry-standard gig performing their own works.

Waldeck said some compositions based around life seen through the Covid-filter would be interesting.

“We have an industry standard PA and sound engineer, and there’s also the chance that performers could support established touring acts should they come through Six Degrees,” Waldeck said.

“The money from the grant will in effect fund each of the shows.

“We will not need to be reliant on ticket or even our bar sales, as we won’t necessarily be carrying the monetary risk, and this allows us to focus more on creative expression.

“It’s just fantastic news for the local live original music scene.”

Waldeck said it was pleasing that Six Degrees was recognised for their commitment to the Albany music scene, especially during some very trying months, and their ongoing development as a quality music venue.

The first installment of The Revelator Series will be this Friday featuring Perth acts The Leah Grant Band and Tenaya Harper, who will be supported by local musician Carly Maree Russell.

The gig is free entry.