14 December 2020

The second round of the Live Music Australia program is now open for applications from small to medium venues.

These grants will support the music industry get back on its feet after COVID-19 restrictions and once again prepare to host live shows.

Grants of up to $100,000 are available to support professionally operated venues stage quality local live music for Australian communities.

The program will provide $5 million annually over 4 years with funding allocated through an open competitive grants process through 2 rounds each year to:

  • help venues as they prepare to reopen and rebuild their music programs as restrictions are lifted on public gatherings and live performance
  • support performance opportunities for original contemporary music by Australian artists, and
  • encourage partnerships, collaboration and networks across the Australian live music industry.

The program is part of the Government's $30.9 million Australian Music Industry Package­.

Applications can be made through our online grants system SmartyGrants until 18 February 2021.

Over 100 individual venues across every state and territory will benefit from 88 grants through the first round of the program – from pubs in the remote outback, to clubs and theatres in major capital cities.

Visit our Live Music Australia page to find out more about Round 1 recipients and how to apply for Round 2 funding.

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