Government backs return of live music

Applications for round five of the Federal Government’s $20m Live Music Australia program to support club venues from 2023 are expected to open up again later this year, after the May election.

The Federal Government is supporting the return of live music to venues, including clubs, as they continue to re-establish regular programming of original live Australian music. Up to $2.5 million in grants has been shared by 102 venues under round four of the program.

The Australian music industry is facing particular pressures in light of the severe impacts of COVID-19. To support the industry at this time, the Live Music Australia funding has been adapted to assist live music venues in the recovery phase. The grants would bring more original live Australian music to communities by funding small-to-medium venues, including clubs, across the country.

“Local pubs and clubs are vital to the live music economy, which is why we’re pleased to deliver $2.5 million to support 102 venues rebuild and become operational as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease,” Minister Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said.

“We want our live music venues primed to host performances, to engage and entertain audiences, and to maximise their economic recovery and sustainability.

“To date the Morrison Government has committed more than $10m under the program to support more than 400 live music venues get Australian artists back on stage, increase job opportunities for venue staff and help live music venues thrive again.”

Arts funding by the Morrison Government in 2021-22 stands at more than $1 billion dollars. For more information go to the Live Music Australia program.