The reactivation of live music across Australia is one step closer, with the Morrison Government announcing more than $608,000 in additional grants to be shared by 18 venues across the country, as part of round two of the $20 million Live Music Australia program and two Mid North Coast venues have been successful in gaining funding. Bellingen Brewing Co and Old Bar Tavern will both be able to upgrade their facilities and maintain systems to improve the live music experience for patrons under this funding program.
This additional funding brings the Government’s investment to more than $5.6 million under of the first year of the program, supporting more than 200 live music venues and the immediate recovery of the live music sector.
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the grants would provide critical support for the Australian live music industry.
“This program is assisting live music venues across the country to re-open and rebuild their capacity for programming activity once restrictions on public gatherings are lifted,” Minister Fletcher said.
“The Morrison Government is pleased to continue to support local venues to increase performance opportunities and showcase Australian talent.”
Co-Chief Executive Officer of Secret Sounds Group and Member of the Creative Economy Taskforce, Paul Piticco, said the funding would enable the sector to re-emerge from the devastating impacts of the pandemic.
“Home-grown live music is intrinsic to Australia’s culture, which is why this funding is critical to the return of Australia’s vibrant and much-loved creative sector,” Mr Piticco said.
“This funding will support small to medium venues to develop partnerships, collaboration and networks across the Australian live music industry.
“Applications are also now open for Round 3 of the $20 million Live Music Australia Program until 9 August. This program will help more small to medium venues bring more live music to the stage for us all to enjoy.”
The Morrison Government is investing more than $1 billion into the arts and creative sector through a diverse range of programs in 2021-22.
The additional successful projects for round two of the Live Music Australia program are listed below:
|Applicant Name||Activity Title||Brief Activity Description||State||Total Amount|
|Hellfish Harper Pty Ltd||Blackbird Bar – implementing live music experience||Support for live gigs at Blackbird Bar, including artist fees, sound insulation, staff training and promotion.||ACT||$38,044|
|Arts Outwest||Local Original Live and Kicking||A regional touring circuit across the NSW Central West, making original music by local musicians the focus to tell the stories of our towns.||NSW||$75,220|
|Bellingen Brewing Company Pty Ltd||Bellingen Brewing Co – Upgrading facilities and maintaining systems to improve our live music experience||The beautiful Bellingen Brewery remains committed to original live music with changes and improvements that promise to deliver a better experience for attendees and artists.||NSW||$43,365|
|Hdr Hospitality Pty Ltd||Upgrade Little Albert’s – outdoors for accessible & regular large gigs plus new Regional Gig Circuit across Mudgee-Bathurst||Upgrade Little Albert’s outdoor stage and venue for wheelchair access and regular large gigs, and deliver 170 gigs by original regional/metro artists across Bathurst-Mudgee with marketing-ticketing.||NSW||$49,500|
|Old Bar Tavern||Increased number of acts at Salty Sounds and a network of regional venues||Upgrade and installation of new PA System to Old Bar Tavern to expand current successful live music program and reach new audiences.||NSW||$27,054|
|Ruley Pty Limited||Refurbishment of the White Horse Hotel – Installation of band-room, sound attenuation, accessibility improvements||Refurbishment of White Horse Hotel to reopen as a new live music venue in the vibrant Inner West of Sydney.||NSW||$54,500|
|Moonshine Larger Pty Ltd||Stage equipment and skills upgrade for the Imperial Hotel Eumundi||Upgrades to enhance artists and audience experiences in the Beer Garden and Brewery stage areas at the iconic Imperial Hotel Eumundi.||QLD||$27,878|
|Drovers Camp Association Inc||Camooweal Drover’s Camp Festival||A number of country music artists to perform at the Drover’s Camp Festival.||QLD||$14,250|
|Firstlite Pty Ltd||Sunset Sessions 2022||Sunset Sessions 2022 Kingston’s Crown Inn.||SA||$10,000|
|Mark E Anders And Annabel M Irving||Gaslight Tavern – Original Thursdays||Original Thursdays at The Gaslight showcasing original music.||SA||$25,480|
|The West Thebby Social Club||Live music at The West Thebby Social Club||New sound equipment for The West Thebby Social Club.||SA||$9,996|
|Corryong And District Memorial Public Hall Inc||Corryong Memorial hall installation of stage lighting||Installation of stage lighting to Corryong and District Memorial Public hall to host local and visiting original Australian artists and increase residents’ experience.||VIC||$24,000|
|J.A.I.D. Investments Pty. Ltd.||PA & Equipment Upgrades for the Evelyn Hotel||Upgrade production equipment for our rooftop garden to help support our live music community.||VIC||$23,000|
|Queenscliff Music Festival Inc.||Queenscliff Town Hall 2021 – 2022||The initial creation, setup, and subsequent debut season for the Queenscliff Town Hall, developing the venue as a new live music venue in Regional Victoria.||VIC||$25,000|
|The Blues Train Pty Ltd||The Blues Train – Next Generation||The Blues Train curates and supports a special series of shows aimed at the next generation of contemporary blues and roots artists and their audiences.||VIC||$34,712|
|The Trustee For Seventh Tipple Trust||Reactivate The Tote’s original emerging band/musician Live Music program under COVID Safe restrictions||Support The Tote’s Live Music program for original, emerging bands/musicians under COVIDSafe capacity restrictions investing in musicians, audiences, and sustainability of an iconic live-music venue.||VIC||$36,400|
|Vahlano Hotels Pty Ltd||New Stage and Equipment||New Stage and PA to take original artists to new heights in Mildura.||VIC||$29,000|
|Rosemount Hotel||Four5Nine Bar||Rosemount Hotel will re-open Four5Nine with an upgraded PA.||WA||$61,000|