Victorian artists, venues and festivals receive $8million in Government funding

Acts including Bananagun, Cash Savage and The Last Drinks, Hachiku and RVG were among the recipients

Approximately 200 Victorian musicians and businesses will receive a slice of almost $8million in funding from the State Government in response to the ongoing pandemic.

Recipients for two funding streams, the Victorian Music Industry Recovery Program and the Victorian Live Music Venues Program, were announced today (January 13) by the Andrews Government. Both streams were designed to keep the state’s music sector afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 130 businesses, artists and venues will receive funding from the recovery program, which first opened applications in September. These include artists Bananagun, Cash Savage and The Last Drinks, Hachiku and RVG and festivals Beyond The Valley, Gaytimes, Meredith and Meadow.

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The second round of the Victorian Live Music Venues program will see government funding go towards 68 venues including Cherry Bar, Colour Nightclub, Revolver Upstairs and The Night Cat, among other establishments.

The previous round of Victorian Live Music Venues funding issued grants to 170 Russell, Bendigo Hotel, Max Watt’s, The Tote, Yah Yah’s and more.

The Hotel Esplanade in St Kilda, where the announcement was made by creative industries Danny Pearson, has also been named as a strategic partner.

“Our music industry creates and supports thousands of jobs – injecting millions into our economy,” Pearson said in a statement.

“The programs will revive our music culture by supporting local businesses and workers, so they can continue to do what they do best.”

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