$2.5 million to get Australian live music back on stage

The Morrison Government is supporting the return of live music across the nation, with $2.5 million in grants to be shared by 102 venues under round four of the $20 million Live Music Australia program.

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the grants would bring more original live Australian music to communities by funding small-to-medium venues across the country – from pubs in country towns, to clubs and theatres in major metropolitan areas.

“Local pubs and clubs are vital to the live music economy, which is why we’re pleased to deliver $2.5 million to support 102 venues rebuild and become operational as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease,” Minister Fletcher said.

“We want our live music venues primed to host performances, to engage and entertain audiences, and to maximise their economic recovery and sustainability.

“To date the Morrison Government has committed more than $10 million under the program to support more than 400 live music venues get Australian artists back on stage, increase job opportunities for venue staff and help live music venues thrive again.”

Applications for round five of the program will open later this year, with funding to support venues from 2023 as they continue to re-establish regular programming of original live Australian music.

Arts funding by the Morrison Government in 2021-22 stands at more than $1 billion dollars. This is a record level of funding under any federal government, Liberal or Labor.

For more information on the Live Music Australia program, visit: https://www.arts.gov.au/funding-and-support/live-music-australia

Media contact:

Imre Salusinszky | 0432 535 737 | Imre.Salusinszky@communications.gov.au

Live Music Australia program Round 4 recipients:

Organisation name

Activity Description


Australian Capital Territory

Canberra Irish Club Limited

Replacement of the audio system in the club to improve its ability to provide superior quality, enjoyable sound for live music events.


Hellfish Harper Pty Ltd

Expanding Blackbird's live music program and upgrading the stage in Canberra.


Icefall Pty Ltd

Improvements to public amenities at The Basement to provide a clean and safe environment for guests and artists.


New South Wales

107 Projects Incorporated

Purchase of a new portable PA system for live music programming across our established venues, 107 Redfern / Joynton, and pop-up venues across Sydney.


Bellingen RSL Country Club Limited

Programming of original Australian live music on a Saturday night with different musical genres each month in Bellingen.


Club 77 Holdings Pty Ltd

Programming and production support for slower sounds of live electronic music, presented in Darlinghurst.


Crowbar NSW Pty Ltd

Upgrade and installation of lighting and PA equipment at Crowbar, Sydney.


Dorrigo Golf Club Pty Ltd

Equipment upgrades at the Dorrigo Golf Club to enhance the experience of live original music.


JR Hotels Pty Ltd

Permanent installation of a new PA system, sound and lighting to provide a dedicated area to attract musicians and host live music In Gunnedah.


Kelly and Co Hotels (Scone) Pty Ltd

Support for equipment upgrades and increased programming of original music at the Royal Hotel Scone in the Hunter Valley to help grow a local, sustainable live music culture.


Lamorna Grace Nightingale

Programming and production support to showcase performances of Australian art music by diverse Sydney artists including representatives of First Nations, CaLD, young people and people with disability.


Live 'n' Cookin Pty Ltd

Artist's fees, promotion and equipment upgrade to host original live Australian music at Lizotte's.


Mnt Investments Pty Ltd

Donny's, Market Lane Live & InSitu in Manly will be hosting 'Live Music May' aimed at supporting the live entertainment industry following COVID.


Mohawk and Beard Pty ltd

Equipment upgrade of the Last Rites Bar in Yamba to expand the capacity to host live original Australian music.


Murray Arts Inc

Installation of a PA system at the Performance Lab in East Albury to host a series of local original and visiting artists.


Nash and Sylves Pty Ltd

Upgrade of equipment including a PA and installation of a stage to increase the range of musical acts at Newtown, Sydney.


Newcastle Improvised Music Association Incorporated

Equipment and programming to host a weekly series of original music concerts at 'The Underground' Grand Hotel, Newcastle.


On The East Side Restaurants Pty Ltd

Installation of a large scale covered outdoor stage infrastructure for a new live music venue in Coffs Harbour.


Servo Food Truck Bar Pty Ltd

The provision of shelter and ventilation will ensure ongoing viability of the Servo, providing  a safe environment for patrons and artists in Port Kembla in Wollongong.


Te Arohanui Hospitality Pty Ltd

Marketing and programming of emerging and established Australian artists, featuring 300 musicians over 80 gigs across three months in Dulwich Hill, Sydney.


Teeatar Pty Ltd

Incubation of high-quality emerging artists and development of contemporary Australian music concert programme with renowned Australian artists and  at Avoca Beach Theatre.


The Eastern Acoustic Organisation Pty Ltd

Programming and promotion of events featuring performances of original Australian music in a range of local and regional venues in Newcastle.


The Trustee for DJA Family Trust

Equipment upgrade and hosting up to 26 live music performances in Woy Woy.


The Trustee for Woolgoolga Brewing Co Unit Trust

Installation of a PA system with staging and lighting at Woolgoolga Brewing Co to host a series of local and touring original Australian artists.


Tiny Little Universe Productions Pty Ltd

Expanding The Great Club to provide an additional performance room for local, interstate and international artists in Marrickville, Sydney.


Vyva Entertainment Pty Ltd

Vyva Entertainment and Sydney Olympic Park present up to 100 artists through a series of live music showcases, open mic nights and a busking program across 2022-23.


Waxman Jones Pty Ltd

Upgrades to MoshPit's existing PA system that will enhance sound quality and improve the audience experience in Erskineville, Sydney.


Northern Territory

8ccc Community Radio Incorporated

A series of original music events in Alice Springs/Mparntwe, engaging over 100 artists and 25 techs in paid positions, and technical equipment upgrades.


Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Assn Inc

Installation of stage and upgrade of PA and lighting facilities at Dinah Beach in Darwin to improve performance delivery and broaden existing original music program.


Nightcliff Fermentation Co Pty Ltd

Installation of an adaptable sound system for the bar, band and club to expand performance capacity in a 300 person venue in Darwin.



C.j Langenberg & B.j Popple

GRAIN is collaborating with The Brightside Brisbane, to produce monthly club nights throughout 2022 featuring line ups of original artists.


Elsewhere Unit Trust

Equipment upgrades, artist fees and sound attenuation for Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise.


Moondarewa Inc.

Equipment and artist fees to share original songs by local indigenous and non indigenous during April - August 2022 at Burleigh RSL.


Out the Back Australia Pty Ltd

Artist fees and equipment to support a mid-year music season for travelling and local original live artists In Cunnamulla.


Scenic Rim Brewery Pty Ltd

Supporting, encouraging and developing a strong live Australian original music culture in the Scenic Rim region of SE Queensland.


Solar Productions Pty Ltd

Equipment upgrades for The Tivoli and The Princess Theatre’s to provide diverse, non-traditional performance spaces in Brisbane.


The Blackwall Group Pty Ltd

Equipment upgrades and programming of diverse original Australian artists at the Bearded Lady in Brisbane's West End.


The Gabrielle Rogers Family Trust Pty Ltd

Improving Gabby's Cafe-Bar's capacity to professionally present original Australian live music performances.


The Hidden Cherub Pty Ltd

Installation of a stage, sound and lighting equipment as well as programming at Hidden Cherub in Broadbeach on the Gold Cost to showcase more Australian artists on a larger scale.


The Trustee for Brisbane Powerhouse Foundation

Programming featuring Australian singer/songwriters and original musical acts at the Brisbane Powerhouse.


The Trustee for The Market Trust

Miami Marketta on the Gold Coast will extend on their  free-to-the-public "Cargo Stage" program, inviting diverse bands, enhancing the artist residency program and ensuring quality technical production of live music shows.


South Australia

Arthur Inc

Equipment upgrades, programming of up to 700 musicians, marketing and production support at two live music venues in Adelaide.


Eric John Ott

Funding for artist fees for the programming of original live music performances at the Enigma Bar in Adelaide following COVID disruptions.


HATS Incorporated

Delivery of eight Australian original live music acts at the Hats Courthouse in Auburn in regional South Australia.


Lion Arts Factory

A high calibre programme of domestic talent at Lion Arts Factory, bringing live music to Adelaide.


The Trustee for Neat Collective Unit Trust

Programming and production support of live events reintroducing touring acts to Adelaide.


The Trustee for the Eleanor Downs Trading Trust

Equipment upgrades at The Shearing Shed on Kangaroo Island to host local and visiting original artists.


Whyalla Left Hand Club Inc

Installation of a stage and lighting system for Whyalla Left Hand Club to enhance the quality of original live music events for the region.



Launceston Improvised Music Association Inc.

Equipment upgrades and live music performances by local Launceston and other Tasmanian musicians.


Nayri Niara Pty Ltd

Purchase of audio equipment and provision of artist fees and marketing to support Aboriginal social enterprise, Nayri Niara, to deliver live performances at LongHouse, Nipaluna/Hobart.


Queenstown Tasmania Heritage Tours Pty Ltd

Venue upgrades and programming to support a series of winter focussed events in Queenstown.



Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival Incorporated

Revival of the Bendigo Blues Tram through providing funding for artist fees and marketing.


Builders Pty Ltd

Provision of power and installation of staging, sound and lighting infrastructure at the Market Hotel to provide live Australian music to Ballarat and surrounds.


Cactus Studio Pty Ltd

Equipment upgrade and promotion to host original local live music in Thornbury, Melbourne.


EDE Hotels Pty Ltd

Installation of PA & lighting system at the Halls Gap Hotel to continually host original Australian artists.


Empire 3805 Pty Ltd

Equipment upgrades to create additional performance spaces at Empire in Glen Iris in Melbourne that increase capacity to host original Australian live music.


Frank Mercury and Harry Valiant Pty Ltd

Winter programming of local and interstate acts at Whole Lotta Love in Brunswick East, Melbourne.


JGM Pty Ltd

Equipment upgrade and programming on the Melbourne Showboat to encourage original Australian live music.


Murtoa Mechanics Institute and Free Library Inc

Equipment upgrade and peformances by established Australian musicians to boost capacity for original live music in Murtoa.


Mycelium Studios Pty Ltd

Upgrade of HVAC system for improved COVID safety to improve capacity as a live music venue in Brunswick East, Melbourne.


Nevermind Pty Ltd

Contribution to Nevermind's artist fees, upgrades to original live music performance equipment and venue soundproofing treatments at Hawthorn in Melbourne.


Northcote Picture Theatre Company Pty Ltd

The purchase and installation of sound attenuation materials and a PA to launch as a world class live music offering in Northcote, Melbourne.


Sound Merch Pty Ltd

Installation of PA system, programming and production support for a series of live music performances in Collingwood, Melbourne.


St Andrews Community Centre Incorporated

Sound, lighting and staging equipment to host a series of original artists' music performances in St Andrews.


Swancom Pty Ltd

Venue upgrades to include a wheelchair accessible bathroom in the Corner Hotel band room in Richmond, Melbourne.


The Haviland Group Pty Ltd ATF The Haviland Trust

Support for original live music programming and air conditioning installation at The Moldy Fig in Brunswick East, Melbourne.


The Three Musketiers Pty Ltd

Upgrade and replacement of equipment as well as installation of acoustic attenuation of The Rooks Return to enhance performances of original artists In Fitzroy, Melbourne.


The Trustee for Northwind Unit Trust

Contribution toward performance fees at Shotkickers in Thornbuy, Melbourne to host an array of high calibre local and interstate artists.


Wrangler Studios Melbourne

Equipment upgrade and professional development to expand live music capacity at Wrangler Studios, Melbourne.


YeeHaa Studios Pty Ltd

Construction and soundproofing of a rehearsal room, and accessibility improvements to the amenities at YeeHaa Studios in Bendigo.


Western Australia

B.C and P Mills

Infrastructure upgrades, disabled access and air-conditioning to improve capacity and audience experience in Bridgetown.


Bruce Rock Community Resource Centre (inc)

Programming to fund a series of original artist mini-concerts across multiple venues in shire of Bruce Rock in regional Western Australia.


Good Things in Life Pty Ltd

PA upgrade at Settlers Tavern, Margaret River to enhance the quality of audience experience and professional capacity.


Jazz Fremantle Inc.

Programming and production funding over three weekends to promote women in live jazz music.


Rosemount Hotel

Building of a co-working Hub dedicated to WA music industry workers and self-managed musicians to work and produce original live music performances in Perth.


The Perth Folk and Roots Club (W.A.) Inc.

Perth Folk and Roots Club supporting a free monthly music event at Perth Tattersalls Bowling Club.


The Trustee for Froth Exmouth Brewing Co Unit Trust

Upgrade of Froth Craft Brewery's production equipment for higher quality in-house concerts and large scale events, as well as professional development training at Halls Gap.


YMCA of Western Australia Youth & Community Services Incorporated

Upgrades to production equipment and venue at YMCA head-quarters at Leederville in Perth to host high quality live music events for all ages.