Reviving Australia's live music scene

The Albanese Labor Government will invest $2.5 million to help revive Australia’s live music scene, with funding now open for pubs, clubs and other gig spaces.

The funding is available as part of Round Six of the Government’s $20 million Live Australia Music program.

Round 5 of the program was for festivals – this funding is aimed squarely at venues that support live Australian music, who are still feeling the impacts of the pandemic.

Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke, said this was about supporting live music right across the country.

“Pubs and clubs are the lifeblood of Australian live music. It’s where some of our greatest bands and artists started out, from Cold Chisel to Amy Shark.

“That’s why it’s so crucial we support live music venues to get back on their feet.

“This Government will always back the arts and we’ll always back artists.

“That’s why we launched Revive, Australia’s new National Cultural Policy – to ensure there’s a place for every story and a story for every place.”

To receive funding under the program, applicants need to demonstrate commitment to hosting original Australian live music and professional delivery.

To apply and for more information, visit:

Applications close Wednesday 26 April 2023.