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PERTH MAKERS MARKET Showcasing young talent


A selection of young musicians will perform in front of the thousands of people that regularly flock to Perth Makers Market at Heathcote Reserve in Applecross and the Perth Cultural Centre.

The singers and musicians come from Propel Youth Arts WA, and thanks to a unique partnership with the hugely popular handmade craft event, they have been chosen as resident artists charged with entertaining the crowds.

Some of WA’s most exciting young musical talent – 14 year old vocalist Sofia Rippingale (pictured above) and 17 year old vocalist Aimee Wright, will both be performing at the upcoming Perth Makers Market on Sunday, May 29 at Goolugatup Heathcote.

While the special collaboration between the organisers of Perth Makers Market and the non- profit peak body for young artists has been running for the past four years, it has never been more timely or important according to Propel Youth Arts WA General Manager Jamie McGleave.

“The WA music industry is still rebuilding following the impact of the pandemic so there are limited opportunities for up-and-coming talent to launch their professional careers at the moment,” he said. “Performing at Perth Makers Market events gives our young artists experience with a live audience and the chance to refine their craft.”

Jamie McGleave said many of the young performers who have performed at Perth Makers Market have gone on to release their own singles and EPs and build loyal followings. “You can see these young people improve significantly in terms of both their confidence and musical abilities. And importantly they are paid for their performances which sets a strong precedent for the music industry.”

Perth Makers Market Director, Erin Madeley, said the Propel Youth Arts performers have become a much-loved part of the vibrant community market and align well with the event’s philosophy of presenting the best local crafters and artisans. “Music is a creative expression and we love the idea of giving young, emerging talent a boost through exposure at our events,” she said. “Having live entertainment is very much part of the handmade, in-person experience people have come to expect from our community market.”

Propel Youth Arts WA is the peak body for youth arts in Western Australia, providing young people aged 12-26 with access and opportunities to engage with arts and culture on their own terms. Providing services and programs across all art forms, Propel provides access to information, networks, mentoring, skills development, and employment in the arts and creative industries to young people and those who work with them.

Perth Makers Market hits Goolugatup Heathcote on Sunday, May 29. To find out more, head to perthmakersmarket.com.au

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