Reigniting live music for Australian communities

The reactivation of live music across Australia is one step closer, with $2.5 million in grants to be shared by 99 venues under round three of the Morrison Government’s $20 million Live Music Australia program.

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the program will bring more original live Australian music to communities across the country – from pubs in the remote outback, to clubs in major capital cities.

“This funding will help the live music sector to re-emerge as Australians continue to get vaccinated and COVID-19 restrictions ease, allowing venues to begin to reopen and rebuild,” Minister Fletcher said.

“It is important that our live music sector will be primed to host performances and gigs when permitted to do so, and by supporting these local venues now, we are increasing opportunities to see Australian artists get back on stage.”

73 grants under this round of the program are for activities that will take place from November this year, providing 99 venues with a boost as we re-emerge from the pandemic.

President of Warner Music Australasia and Member of the Creative Economy Taskforce, Dan Rosen, said the funding will help support the reopening of the live music industry, which has been profoundly disrupted by COVID-19 restrictions.

“Artists and music fans around the country are looking forward to the full return of Australia’s vibrant live music sector. This sector makes a significant contribution to the Australian economy and in particular boosts our hospitality and tourism sectors, as well as employing many skilled workers,” Mr Rosen said.

“Live music venues and experiences activate thousands of venues across our cities, towns and regions, creating a dynamic sense of place and generating benefits for surrounding businesses.”

Applications for round four of the program will open later this year, with funding to support venues from mid-2022 as they continue to re-establish regular programming of original live Australian music.

This funding brings the Government’s investment to more than $8 million since the start of the program, supporting more than 300 live music venues and the recovery and sustainability of the live music sector.

The Morrison Government is investing more than $1 billion into the arts and creative sector in 2021-22.

Media contact:
Christine Vanden Byllaardt | 0409 433 357 | Christine.VandenByllaardt@communications.gov.au

The successful projects for round three of the Live Music Australia program are listed below:

Organisation name

Activity Description

Funding

Australian Capital Territory

Conway Brothers Pty Ltd

Installation of AV system and sound attenuation for Gang Gang Cafe and Bar to increase its capacity to facilitate original Australian live music.

$23,822

Transit Bar Pty Ltd

Vital upgrades of sound and lighting equipment, installation of sound attenuating structures to facilitate venue scalability and training to upskill staff to increase capacity of venue.

$45,505

UCX Ltd

A new audio package for the University of Canberra's Refectory and Hub.

$36,600

New South Wales

Bucket Brewery Pty Ltd

Support for expansion of Bucket Brewery live music program to showcase diverse local performers, including construction of outdoor stage and venue staff training.

$46,399

Chippolord Pty Ltd

Upgrade of Lord Gladstone Hotel live music spaces including installation of new PA and purchase of live music equipment and sound proofing of venue.

$43,167

DK Hotels (Weston) Operations Pty Ltd

Support for equipment upgrades and increased programming of original music at the Criterion Hotel Weston to help grow a local, sustainable live music culture.

$26,340

Gamone Pty. Limited and Wickam Investments Pty Ltd

Fresh Local Produce is a marketing, promotion and performance initiative built around connecting talented local artists playing accessible music with a localised commercial audience.

$33,920

Global Circus Pty Ltd

Expanding our programming to create a bi-weekly showcase that will sustain, support and strengthen original live music in Sydney, and transitioning from analogue to digital.

$32,760

Hardy's Bay R S L & Citizen's Club Ltd

Upgrade of lighting, PA and outdoor stage to support live music.

$15,296

J R East and L East

A series of up to six concerts and a technical training programme with the goal to establish a new audience for live Australian music in Oberon.

$28,005

Kelly & Co Hotels Pty Ltd

PA improvements and increased programming at Kelly’s Irish Pub to help establish an Australian music showcase unique to the Mudgee region.

$34,009

La La Las Venue Pty Ltd

Installation of PA at La La La's to expand and present a wider range of local and touring acts.

$69,530

Minando Pty Ltd

Purchase of a PA system to facilitate opportunities for artists at 10 venues in regional NSW.

$7,665

Morgan William Lewis

Installation of PA and lighting system; increased opportunities and financial support for artists; improved access for people with disability; venue interior that meets COVID regulations.

$21,480

Nelson 1963 Pty Ltd

Purchase and installation of a new sound desk to complement both venue stages and increase the number of original live music performances.

$23,178

PDA Hotel Unit Trust

Assisting Shoal Bay Country Club in supporting local live musicians and the live music industry in regional areas.

$32,000

Playbill Venues Pty Ltd

New communications infrastructure at The Hordern Pavilion to increase public safety during live music performances.

$22,701

Ranch Enterprises Pty Ltd ATF El Rancho Unit Trust

Installation of new PA system, sound curtain and stage improvements which will improve the overall bands and audience experience at Dicey Rileys in Wollongong.

$37,800

Rebel and Rogue Music Pty Ltd

Refurbishment of The Vanguard live music venue including an upgrade of the lighting-rig and associated staging equipment for musical performances.

$23,806

Shoalhaven Heads Bowling and Recreation Club Ltd

Installation of PA and lighting system at the Shoalhaven Heads Bowling & Recreation Club to reignite the live music industry on the South Coast.

$46,956

Since I Left You Pty Ltd

A Summer-long program of free and ticketed live music events, in a unique heritage-listed courtyard in the heart of the Sydney CBD.

$37,000

Sydney Improvised Music Association Incorporated

Sydney Improvised Music Association's "Jazz: Now Summer 2022" program, featuring 80 musicians in 16 gigs across three Sydney venues.

$16,380

Teeatar Pty Ltd

The sustainable development of original live Australian music concerts for high calibre country artists and emerging local legends at Avoca Beach Theatre.

$33,218

The Milton Hotel Pty Ltd

Installation of PA system and lighting at The Milton Hotel to host regular live music acts featuring local and touring talent on the South Coast.

$45,000

The Tourist Hotel Narrabri Pty Ltd

The Tourist Hotel Narrabri takes mobile live music to the region by purchasing a transportable stage to light up the west.

$50,000

Upper Lansdowne Memorial Hall Committee Incorporated

Upgrade and modernisation of the Upper Lansdowne's stage lighting.

$10,165

Northern Territory

Darwin Railway Sports & Social Club Inc

Darwin Railway Club’s installation of windows and seals on doors to mitigate sound levels from the venue and the provision of support for bands for live performances.

$67,086

S Guzel & C Pirau

Funding local, regional and interstate artists for our Sunday Sessions and create job opportunities for other industry professionals including sound engineer and lighting technician.

$15,032

Queensland

Captain Creek Community Sport and Recreation Club

The Captain Creek Community Club will install PA system, engage artists to perform at the venue in order to foster the growth of live performances of original music at their club in outer regional Queensland.

$31,000

Eagle Lane Pty Ltd

Upgrades to PA and sound system at Brooklyn Standard in CBD Brisbane to enable the venue to host more original artists.

$35,000

Flinders Shire Council

Audio and lighting upgrades to integrate with Digger's Entertainment Centre existing systems to enhance the venue's production capability and to provide training for staff and volunteers to operate the systems.

$19,650

Freedom Shores Pty Ltd

Production equipment upgrades & PA purchase to establish Northerlies in Woodwark as an original live music venue, whilst providing performance opportunities through a monthly music series.

$47,594

HOTA, Home of the Arts

Installation of permanent staging on HOTA's lawn bar to host the weekly Live Music Fridays program on the lawn, showcasing original live musicians over 12 months.

$25,000

Jumping Goats Bar Pty Ltd

Additional funds for artist performance costs for the Jumping Goats Bar in Margate to expand original live music program to include duos and bands while continuing free entry for audiences.

$42,000

Kulcha'd Pty Ltd

Kulcha'd Bar will upgrade its musical equipment and bring more original Australian live music to the West End.

$60,200

Macadamia Rose Pty Ltd

The Federal Hotel Childers will build an outdoor stage in their Beer Garden to host more live performances of original Australian music in inner regional Queensland.

$22,246

Marble Foxhole Pty Ltd

Upgrade of Bar Wunder's sound and lighting systems to cater for increased audiences and to provide improved sound facilities for live performances.

$31,919

Philip Ronald Turvey

The project will consist of building and supply, sound attenuation, PA, backline and lighting supply and a 12 week season of local original acoustic music in the Special Entertainment Precinct of Nambour.

$53,368

Ratpack & Co Pty Ltd

Sound equipment upgrade for Tomcat Bar to provide a more professional experience for audiences and attract established bands to perform at the venue.

$25,000

Tamborine Hotel Investments Pty Ltd

The Bearded Dragon's Bandemic program expands to the venue's outdoor arena for the summer months, providing further opportunities for bands, local crew and audiences alike in Tamborine.

$49,201

The Brightside Brisbane Pty Ltd

Installation of an outdoor stage and delivery of new monthly program of live original music events - Outdoor Sunday Sessions - at The Brightside Brisbane in Fortitude Valley.

$50,000

South Australia

Ancient World 5000 Pty Ltd

Purchase of essential sound and lighting infrastructure at the Ancient World 5000 venue to deliver high-quality live music experiences and funding to cover programming costs.

$40,000

City of Charles Sturt

New seasonal cabaret series called Story & Song brings the best of Australian cabaret and live music spanning children’s, cabaret, jazz, rock, and original music.

$54,000

Light Cultural Foundation Limited

Increased funding support to engage original Australian artists wanting to explore the use of high end technology to present music to new audiences.

$50,000

Prest Partners Pty Ltd

A full summer program of live music performances across 2 venues in the coastal paradise of Robe, on the beautiful Limestone Coast, South Australia.

$17,500

S & SJ Delaney

Support emerging, female and Indigenous original artists through increased programming, promotion, performance fees, upgrading outdoor stage and sound equipment to improve artist and audience experience.

$20,379

S Bradford & The Porch Sessions Pty Ltd

To improve aspects of Summertown Studio's facilities to enable an all-access live music venue, improving disability access, and assistance with artist fees.

$43,500

Tasmania

Queenstown Tasmania Heritage Tours Pty Ltd

Installation of stage lighting and an up-to-date audio console at The Paragon Theatre to host established and emerging original Australian artists in a professional environment.

$25,000

Salamanca Arts Centre

Salamanca Arts Centre launches the Founders Room Live Music Program; a diverse and inclusive live music venue which is dedicated to Australian, original music.

$35,000

St. Helens RSL Ex-servicemen's And Citizens Club Incorporated

Installation of a PA system at the St Helens RSL Ex Service and Citizens Club creating a more accessible venue to a variety of artists.

$30,000

Warren James Mason

Tin Camp Studios, a First Nations led mobile music space, ready to host live music and workshops in regional and remote communities across Australia.

$22,283

Victoria

Acplp Pty Ltd

Upgrade and installation of a new PA system across multi levels of the venue in order to best present and deliver weekly programming of original live music.

$20,000

Ararat Live Incorporated

Ararat Live Incorporated will continue to provide quality original Australian live music to local audiences in local venues.

$13,785

Arts Mildura Inc

Installation of a sound system combined with a fortnightly music program to encourage future touring to the Mallee region by original Australian artists.

$53,590

Brunswick Ballroom Pty Ltd

Brunswick Ballroom is supporting original live Australian music through an overhaul of its sound, lighting and production values.

$24,435

Dandenong Ranges Community Cultural Centre Inc

Filling Burrinja's spaces with live music - supporting local, regional and national acts to bring their original music to the Dandenong Ranges.

$46,120

Holy Grail (VIC) Pty Ltd

Installation of stage and upgrade to PA and lighting to support live music program at Holy Grail, Windsor.

$40,000

I & C Ladgrove

Installation of outdoor stage and equipment upgrades to host a series of summer music events at The Vine Hotel, Wangaratta.

$36,000

Moonee Valley City Council

Moonee Valley City Council presents ‘Live and Local’, a program of small-scale live music performances across Moonee Valley.

$42,750

Ohbother Pty Ltd

The Pig and Whistle will host a series of original live Australian music gigs and workshops in the venue's new Shed Theatre.

$53,569

R.H. Gooding & J.C. Miles

Financial support for the engagement of original live Australian music artists and promotional costs at RJM's Wine Bar.

$7,800

Ragtime Tavern Pty Ltd

Ragtime supports the performance and promotion of original Australian music through the addition of new audio-visual equipment.

$20,454

Sandy Point Community Group Incorporated

The Summer Series will present a series of original live music events from December 2021 - March 2022, supporting both local and national music artists.

$28,367

Stay Gold Melbourne Pty Ltd

Social Sundays is a new monthly series of targeted live original music events aimed at broadening and diversifying the venue's audience base, whilst recovering from the impacts of COVID.

$53,000

The Trustee for Pineapple Unit Trust

Laundry Bar will stage a unique six week regeneration of local hip-hop, dancehall and reggae, with a program of shows curated in collaboration with local labels, cultures and communities.

$40,000

Urbnsurf Melbourne Pty Ltd

Urbnsurf, Australia's first surf park, builds capacity to host large live music events and hosts a twilight series of original acoustic music.

$35,200

Westernport Yacht Club Incorporated

Venue modifications, equipment upgrades and support for the establishment and promotion of a sustainable COVID-normal live original music program at Westernport Yacht Club.

$27,628

YWHDB Pty Ltd

Sound Attenuation, PA & Stage Upgrade to support the ongoing Somewhere Bar Live Music Series featuring original Australian music artists.

$37,000

Western Australia

Blue Arts Fly Inc.

Purchase of audio-visual and staging equipment to host a series of events featuring local original artists across various venues in the Perth Hills region.

$20,761

Goolarri Media Enterprises Pty Ltd

Venue upgrades and a First Nations Australian musical concert series in remote Australia at the Gimme Club, Broome.

$60,462

Happy Heart Pty Ltd

Contribute towards upgrading the sound system to enable the venue to present a massive variety of live music.

$25,000

The Ellington Jazz Club Pty Ltd

Upgrade of the existing PA system and backline at The Ellington for the benefit of local and national original artists and the listening audience alike.

$41,000

The Quinny Tavern Pty Ltd ATF The Quinny Trust

Installation of an indoor/outdoor audio-visual system to provide improved production requirements for local original artists at the Quindanning Hotel in Western Australia's Wheatbelt area.

$24,996