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Musos Travelling Cheaper To WAMi Awards
By: James THOMSON-BOSTON

Published: 18/05/2012

A new deal between the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) and Qantas comes just in time for WA musicians flocking back to Perth from all over Australia for the upcoming WAMi Festival.

The WAMi Festival Opening Party is on Saturday, May 26, and West Australian musicians flying home will now be a little less poor, with the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) convincing Qantas to wave excess baggage fee’s on musical instruments.

The partnership with Qantas allows AMIN members to carry 46kg of baggage without paying excess fees; double the amount of a normal economy class passenger. This deal continues after the Festival, and any AMIN member will enjoy this benefit with the airline.

WAMi, which started in 1994, was created to recognise and promote artists from all over WA. A goal that has been achieved, according to up and coming WA band The Brow Horn Orchestra.

“[It’s a] great way to spotlight the Perth scene and they’ve really build it up,” said lead singer Nic Owen.

“We played at the awards night and had our first bout of Triple J love in 2010, with a demo track getting a spin before we'd even properly recorded anything.”

It’s the Brow Horn Orchestra’s third nomination for the WAMi Awards and they believe it is the annual Kiss My WAMi CD release that puts WA bands on Australia’s radar.

“[Kiss My Wami] goes out to a national audience,” he said.

“All of a sudden, for one week, all eyes are on what you do and you get celebrated for it. Certainly very cool!”

There's heaps of music related stuff going on around town during the WAMi Festival, including an opening and closing party. There are free and ticketed events for industry members and for the public. The 2012 WAMi Awards will be held on Saturday, June 2 at The Bakery in Northbridge.

Head to the WAMi website for the Festival highlights.