Support to host live Australian music

The Live Music Australia program is a competitive grants opportunity for live music venues, festivals and organisations that support quality original Australian live music.

How to apply

Guidelines and frequently asked questions will be available on the GrantConnect website.

When to apply

Funding applications for Round 8 have now closed.

Applicants should be notified about the outcome of the grant round approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

Funding available

The Australian Government will provide a total of $20 million over four years for the Live Music Australia program.

    About the program

    Program background

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

    Live Music Australia 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.

    To learn more about what the Australian Government is doing to support Australian contemporary music, download Revive: A Place for Every Story, a Story for Every Place.

    Creative Australia administers a number of grant programs which support contemporary music projects, artists and organisations, including the Contemporary Music Touring Program which funds Australian musicians to perform their own work on tour in Australia, with a priority on regional and remote locations.

    Music Australia has been established within Creative Australia to support and promote the Australian contemporary music industry to increase discoverability and develop markets and audiences. It will invest to stimulate a vibrant and sustainable music industry ecosystem in which artists can thrive.

    Applications for Round 8 of Live Music Australia have now closed and are under assessment. Applicants should expect to be notified of the outcome of Round 8 approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

    Round 8 is the final funding round of the current program.


    Contemporary Music Team
    Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts
    GPO Box 594
    Canberra ACT 2601
    Phone: 02 6136 8008