Supporting venues to host live Australian music

The Live Music Australia program is a competitive grants opportunity for small to medium sized venues that support quality original Australian live music.

It is acknowledged that the music industry has faced increased pressures in light of the severe impacts of COVID-19, and the program includes support for activities that assist the live music industry to rebuild and become operational following the impacts of COVID-19.

How to apply

Applications for Round 6 are now open. Guidelines and frequently asked questions will be available on the GrantConnect website.

When to apply

There are two funding rounds each year.
Dates will be advertised on this page.

Funding available

The Australian Government will provide a total of $20 million over four years for the Live Music Australia program. There will be $2.5 million funding available in each round.

    About the program

    The Live Music Australia program is open for applications from 30 March 2023 to 26 April 2023 for projects starting after 1 July 2023.

    Guidelines and information on how to apply are available on the GrantConnect website.

    We expect to notify applicants about the outcome of the grant round approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

    Program background

    The Australian Government’s National Cultural Policy Revive recognises the importance of the live music sector and is increasing the support for the music industry. 

    The Live Music Australia program is designed to bring more live music to Australian communities and will fund applications that support quality original Australian live music that is professionally staged.

    Five funding rounds have been administered so far, with four focusing on support for small to medium live music 'brick and mortar' venues around Australia.

    Changes to the program for Round 5 provided targeted funding for music festivals, recognising their important role in the Australian music ecology. Festival organisers were able to apply for funding for assistance for a range of eligible activities.

    Round 6 of the program again targets support for live music venues.

    Applications to the program may include:

    • infrastructure upgrades, purchase of equipment, programming and promotional expenses and artist fees, or
    • initiatives that deliver to multiple venues and build capacity, for example, professional development programs, expanded regional touring circuits, and partnerships across venues or jurisdictions.

    Program guidelines

    Program Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions for Round 6 are available on the GrantConnect website, where you can also register for automatic notification of Grant Opportunities. All applicants are encouraged to read the guidelines.


    Contemporary Music Team
    Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts
    GPO Box 594
    Canberra ACT 2601
    Phone: 02 6271 1711