It was just last week that WA was naming its Song of the Year in the annual WAM Awards, and handing 0ut $40,000 worth of prizes to a bunch of winners. But even for those lucky few, living on the far side of the country is always going to make it that bit tougher, with the flights over for an East Coast tour leaving a big hole burnt into their pockets.

To give WA bands a hand, local brewery Otherside Brewing Co. has announced that entries are open for the inaugural $5000 ‘Tapped By Otherside’ Australian Touring Grant, intended to help a deserving local act get out of WA’s relative isolation and onto more live stages.

The brewery has already awarded a $2,500 International Development Grant to local favourites Koi Child in March, which helped the band head over to Austin, Texas for SXSW, and now the larger grant is intended to help a touring-ready band take on a national headline tour.

It’s no surprise that Otherside is trying to give a leg-up to musos, either, as it’s owned by Sunset Events, the crew who’ve long been involved with WA festival Southbound, West Coast Blues& Roots, and the Perth leg of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival.

Otherside say that the successful outcome following the first grant prompted them to introduce the second, national equivalent, and Koi Child expressed just what the grant meant to them.