The Federal Government has handed out more than $2.5million in grants to over 100 venues as part of the first round of its Live Music Australia program.
The funding scheme backs venues that focus on bringing original Australian music to the live stage. Notable venues receiving a portion of the funding include Brisbane’s Tivoli Theatre, Sydney’s Crowbar, Adelaide’s Lion Arts Factory and 170 Russell in Melbourne. All states and territories had at least one venue receive funding from the program.
“These grants will fund upgrades to venues and equipment, help develop a venue’s capacity to present live music professionally, and support restarting performances post COVID-19 restrictions,” arts minister Paul Fletcher said in a statement.
“This funding will support the development, growth and innovation of Australian contemporary live music by increasing performance opportunities to showcase the diverse talent of Australian artists.”
The Live Music Australia program announced in March last year, prior to the onset of the pandemic, as part of a larger $30.9million Australian Music Industry package. Up to $20million has been allocated for the program across four years.
“I encourage pubs, clubs and venues around the country to apply for funding through the new Live Music Australia program so they can get back on their feet and be ready to open their doors to once again bring live home-grown music to Australian audiences,” Fletcher said back in August.
The second round of applications are open to small and medium-sized venues now and close in February.