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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.

For the list of round two recipients and information on future rounds of the program, visit: www.grants.gov.au or www.arts.gov.au.

The additional successful projects for round two of the Live Music Australia program are listed below:

Applicant NameActivity TitleBrief Activity DescriptionStateTotal Amount
Hellfish Harper Pty LtdBlackbird Bar – implementing live music experienceSupport for live gigs at Blackbird Bar, including artist fees, sound insulation, staff training and promotion.ACT$38,044
Arts OutwestLocal Original Live and KickingA 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 LtdBellingen Brewing Co – Upgrading facilities and maintaining systems to improve our live music experienceThe 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 LtdUpgrade Little Albert’s – outdoors for accessible & regular large gigs plus new Regional Gig Circuit across Mudgee-BathurstUpgrade 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 TavernIncreased number of acts at Salty Sounds and a network of regional venuesUpgrade 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 LimitedRefurbishment of the White Horse Hotel – Installation of band-room, sound attenuation, accessibility improvementsRefurbishment 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 LtdStage equipment and skills upgrade for the Imperial Hotel EumundiUpgrades 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 IncCamooweal Drover’s Camp FestivalA number of country music artists to perform at the Drover’s Camp Festival.QLD$14,250
Firstlite Pty LtdSunset Sessions 2022Sunset Sessions 2022 Kingston’s Crown Inn.SA$10,000
Mark E Anders And Annabel M IrvingGaslight Tavern – Original ThursdaysOriginal Thursdays at The Gaslight showcasing original music.SA$25,480
The West Thebby Social ClubLive music at The West Thebby Social ClubNew sound equipment for The West Thebby Social Club.SA$9,996
Corryong And District Memorial Public Hall IncCorryong Memorial hall installation of stage lightingInstallation 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 HotelUpgrade production equipment for our rooftop garden to help support our live music community.VIC$23,000
Queenscliff Music Festival Inc.Queenscliff Town Hall 2021 – 2022The 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 LtdThe Blues Train – Next GenerationThe 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 TrustReactivate The Tote’s original emerging band/musician Live Music program under COVID Safe restrictionsSupport 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 LtdNew Stage and EquipmentNew Stage and PA to take original artists to new heights in Mildura.VIC$29,000
Rosemount HotelFour5Nine BarRosemount Hotel will re-open Four5Nine with an upgraded PA.WA$61,000
   $608,399

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