Live Music: $20M in Federal Grants up for grabs

Filed : Advocacy, Arts and funding opportunities .

The Australian Government has just opened applications for $20 million for businesses and venues who want to host live music.

The people behind One Music Australia have been working hard behind the scenes pushing for support for the live music and hospitality sectors. Called Live Music Australia, the first round of funding for the first $2.5 million closes 13 September with other rounds to follow.

The Live Music Australia program will provide support to the live music sector, with a focus on small to medium venues that support high quality original Australian live music that is professionally staged. It aims to revive business ventures in local suburbs, towns and regions across the country, building capacity for a sustainable live music scene with strong community roots, in all parts of Australia. The first year of funding is aimed at preparing live music venues to become operational following the impacts of COVID-19 on the industry.

The program will:

  • support the development, growth and innovation of Australian contemporary live music by increasing performance opportunities for original contemporary music by Australian artists
  • support a sustainable venue-based live music industry by building professional capacity within venues
  • support partnerships, collaboration and networks across the Australian live music industry.

The grant program will run from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2024 with two funding rounds per year. There will be $2.5 million available per round. It is anticipated that most grants will be between $5,000 to $100,000, depending on the scope of the grant activity and its complexity. Grants for equipment and/or infrastructure will generally be no more than $25,000. Grants for other eligible activities will be a maximum of $100,000.

Head to Grant Connect www.grants.gov.au for full details and application.

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