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Source: Australian Ministers for Regional Development

More than 100 venues across Australia will benefit from round one of the Live Music Australia program that is designed to assist in the national recovery of the live music sector from the impacts of COVID-19.

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP today announced the successful recipients of 88 grants, totalling more than $2.5 million, to support the immediate needs of the Australian live music industry.

The program is funding venues in every state and territory, from pubs in the remote outback, to clubs and theatres in major capital cities.

In congratulating the successful applicants, Minister Fletcher said the grants would help small to medium venues bring more home‑grown live music to Australian communities.

“These grants will fund upgrades to venues and equipment, help develop a venue’s capacity to present live music professionally, and support restarting performances post COVID-19 restrictions,” Minister Fletcher said.

“This funding will support the development, growth and innovation of Australian contemporary live music by increasing performance opportunities to showcase the diverse talent of Australian artists.”

In August, the Government announced the opening of the Live Music Australia program, which will deliver funding of $5 million annually over four years. The funding will:

  • Enable businesses to build/rebuild their capacity for programming activity, as restrictions are lifted and venues reopen;
  • Increase performance opportunities for original contemporary music by Australia artists; and
  • Support partnerships, collaboration and networks across the Australian live music industry.

Round two of the program is now open for applications. Round two will again provide support to small to medium venues, as they begin to reopen and resume the regular performance of original Australian live music. Applications for round two will close on 18 February 2021.

The Australian Government invests around $750 million in the arts and cultural sector each year through a diverse range of programs. This program is part of the $30.9 million Australian Music Industry Package announced in March 2019.

For the list of round one recipients and information on how to apply for round two, visit: www.grants.gov.au or www.arts.gov.au

The successful projects for round one of the Live Music Australia program are:

Organisation name

Activity description

Funding

Australian Capital Territory

Capital Brewing Co Pty Ltd

Transformation of the Capital Brewery into a full-time live music venue with a program of original, live gigs from the finest musicians from the Canberra region and across Australia.

$34,910

NTF Industries

Infrastructure upgrade at Sideway, Canberra, increasing live music performances.

$23,049

New South Wales

Albury Hotel Pty Ltd

Equipment upgrades for live music events at Kinross Woolshed, Albury.

$20,744

Beach Hotel Byron Bay Pty Ltd

Upgrades to live music equipment, to extend performance zones in the venue, to increase performance of Australian original live music.

$25,000

Bent on Food

Installation of a professional entertainment space at Bent on Food to enable more live music and improve regional touring circuits.

$24,802

Blue Mountains City Council trading as Blue Mountains Theatre

Installation of audio speakers for quality sound production and relaunch of the venue, and presentation of Wanderlust Concert Series 2021.

$37,869

Boogie Woogie Beach House & Flow Bar

Improved infrastructure to deliver higher quality music performances.

$24,200

Bowcliff Pty Ltd trading as Bridge Hotel

Support for new equipment at The Bridge Hotel, Rozelle.

$25,000

Byron Youth Service Inc

Supporting the refurbishment of the Green Room at Byron Youth Activity Centre to enable it to continue as a sustainable and iconic youth music performance venue.

$22,700

Century Venues The Concourse Pty Ltd

Equipment upgrades to support the establishment of The Concourse as a contemporary live music venue in Northern Sydney.

$39,910

City Recital Hall Limited

Equipment upgrade for City Recital Hall, Sydney to support amplified music programming.

$25,000

Crowbar NSW Pty Ltd

2021 artist programming for Crowbar Sydney to aid the return of regular live music activity.

$26,000

Cultural Arts Collective

Support for the Cultural Arts Collective’s showcase of diverse multicultural artists and music genres, in a family friendly venue in Inner West Sydney.

$53,900

Dubbo Hotel Pty Ltd trading as Garden Hotel Dubbo

Support for the Garden Hotel’s power upgrade to develop a sustainable live music venue base and increase performance opportunities in regional Australia.

$25,000

Global Circus Pty Ltd trading as Camelot Lounge

Speaker upgrades for the Camelot Lounge and Django at Camelot, to improve the experience for musicians and patrons alike.

$24,804

Hdr Hospitality Pty Ltd trading as The Victoria Hotel

Support for Little Albert’s at The Victoria Hotel in Bathurst to upgrade its venue and train staff in sound mixing.

$25,000

K R Bajracharya & K Gurung

Venue upgrades and support for a live music program at Smokey Horse, Braidwood, showcasing emerging and established performers.

$26,016

Marrickville Bowling and Recreation Club Ltd

Marrickville Bowling Club showcasing a program of live music.

$18,600

Mary’s Group Australia Pty Ltd

Support for a weekly concert series at The Lansdowne Hotel, featuring live performances by local and touring Australian artists.

$46,575

Metro Theatre Sydney Pty Ltd

Re-opening its doors with the ‘Revive The Metro 2021’ Program, and purchase of a new PA.

$65,000

Rowney Nominees Pty Ltd trading as Broadway Hotel Parkes

Support for the purchase of stage, audio and light equipment to deliver performances by local musicians in Parkes.

$11,660

Since I Left You Pty Ltd

Equipment and programming support for live music events at SILY in the Sydney CBD.

$20,000

The Gaelic Club Ltd

Enhance the Gaelic Club live folk music venue in central Sydney, through upgraded sound system, stage and lighting.

$14,000

The Trustee for The Douglas Trust trading as the Longyard Hotel

Support for live music programming as part of the Longyard Hotel’s Summer Music Sessions in Tamworth, NSW.

$28,000

Town Hall Hotel Newtown

Improved lighting and installation of a mobility ramp to enhance live music performances at the Townie in Newtown.

$20,111

Tumut River Brewing Pty Ltd

Support for new PA, sound attenuation and training to grow Tumut River Brewing Company’s live music presence.

$12,716

Upper Lansdowne Memorial Hall

Support for purchase of PA and lighting at the Upper Lansdowne Hall, NSW Mid-Coast region, to enable outdoor concerts and an expanded live music program.

$11,610

Wagga Wagga City Council

Purchase of sound and lighting equipment to increase outdoor music performances in the Wagga Cultural Precinct.

$17,954

Northern Territory

Blacken Pty Ltd

Live music program expansion to sustain, support and strengthen the Central Australian music scene.

$34,900

Happy Yess Community Arts Incorporated

12 month tech mentor program to provide paid on the job experience to local tech graduates. Delivered by Happy Yess, Darwin, Northern Territory.

$27,516

The Trustee for The Wilkinson Family Trust trading as the Epilogue Lounge

Support for the Epilogue Lounge “Live On The Rooftop” series presenting live music in Alice Springs.

$36,000

Queensland

Brisbane Powerhouse

Support for music programming in the iconic Brisbane Powerhouse building.

$37,500

Cairns Regional Council Tanks Arts Centre

Programming assistance to reactivate the live original Australian music program at the Tanks Art Centre, Cairns.

$50,000

Cooroy RSL & Citizens Club Inc

Purchase of a portable stage for Cooroy RSL to support weekly live music showcasing local original musicians.

$16,818

Easy Speakers Pty Ltd

Increase in performance space and onstage rigging for the Black Bear Lodge in Fortitude Valley.

$11,838

Fraser Coast Regional Council

Program to deliver live musical experiences across Fraser Coast including smaller communities.

$33,570

Imperial Hotel Eumundi

Support for a live music series at the Imperial Hotel in Eumundi, Queensland.

$30,000

PPJ (QLD) Pty Ltd

The Goat Cafe and Bar audio production upgrade and installation, plus music program to develop Rockhampton in the east coast touring circuit.

$56,000

Scenic Rim Brewery Pty Ltd

Renovation of existing deck at Scenic Rim Brewery, Mt. Alford creating disabled access to an all-weather live music stage.

$6,945

Sol Bar Live Pty Ltd

New production equipment and venue upgrade to enhance performer and attendee experience at Solbar, Coolum, on the Sunshine Coast.

$22,285

Surat & District Development Association Inc

Programming support for regular live performances by Australian artists in Surat, outback Queensland.

$5,800

Tamborine Hotel Investments Pty Ltd trading as the Bearded Dragon Hotel

Support for PA upgrade and young artist programming at the Bearded Dragon, Tamborine.

$46,285

The Met Hotel

Purchase of equipment to increase the sound quality of live music performances and cater for more established artists at The Met Hotel, Toowoomba.

$24,918

The Tivoli Theatre

Support for programming costs for The Tivoli’s Open Season – Fall Program.

$50,000

The Trustee for Knight Pub Trust trading as Julia Creek Hotel

Upgrade of outdoor entertainment area to present live music acts in the outback.

$25,000

Two Smoking Barrels Pty Ltd

Funding to enable the Woolly Mammoth in Brisbane to deliver diverse live music programming and venue improvements post COVID-19.

$57,101

South Australia

City of Playford  – Northern Sound System

Northern Sound System showcases live music program in Elizabeth, South Australia.

$34,000

Jive

Supporting a recovery and return to live music at Jive in Adelaide.

$30,000

Lion Arts Factory

Lion Arts Factory to present high calibre program of domestic talent to bring live music to Adelaide post-COVID.

$39,000

Rhino Room Pty Ltd

Funding to enable the Rhino Room to showcase 26 shows in the post-COVID era.

$19,000

Sevenhill Hotel

Support for live music performances at the historic Sevenhill Hotel in the Clare Valley.

$3,000

The Barn at Wombat Flat

Funding the Barn at Wombat Flat to support venue upgrade and programming of live music performances in regional South Australia.

$27,897

Wheatsheaf Pty Ltd

Assistance to reinstate and strengthen original Australian live music programming at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide.

$37,400

Tasmania

Hobart Brewing Company

Support for Red Shed Live, series of concerts showcasing local, original and regional bands of diverse genres in Hobart.

$16,800

Parkham Community Inc

Purchase of sound and lighting equipment for local musicians using Parkham Hall and upgrade of venue’s electrical system.

$13,528

Rektango

Funding to support equipment upgrades at Rektango, Hobart to improve presentation of live music performances.

$12,500

The Chook & The Gorilla’s Magical Booze Barn Adventures Pty Ltd

Support for The Brisbane Hotel in Hobart to provide higher quality live music performances.

$22,000

The Grand Poobah Bar

Funding for equipment to support musical performances of artists from across Tasmania.

$30,000

Barkmill Tavern & Bakery Pty Ltd

Upgrade of current music system to begin delivering live acoustic sessions with Tasmanian artists at the Bark Mill Tavern in Swansea, Tasmania.

$7,666

Victoria

Cactus Studio Pty Ltd

Upgrades to equipment and support for performance costs at the Cactus Room in Thornbury.

$16,000

Charge Impulse Pty Ltd trading as Colour Nightclub

Venue upgrade, live music programming and professional development at Colour Nightclub, Carlton.

$39,100

Famous Four Pty Ltd

Upgrade of equipment and infrastructure at New Guernica, Melbourne to present quality live music safely.

$40,000

Furze Brothers Pty Ltd

Support for programming and presentation of original live music at The Bridge Hotel, The Theatre Royal and The Taproom post-COVID restrictions.

$47,820

Ian S McLean

Support for infrastructure improvements and professional development at Bakehouse Studios, Melbourne.

$39,660

Jesuit Social Services Ltd

Infrastructure support for The Artful Dodgers to present more original and diverse young voices through more Melbourne Megaphone Music Showcases.

$25,000

Live Nation Australia Venues Pty Ltd

The purchase and installation of a curtain in auditorium to increase flexibility in venue capacity and accommodate a larger variety of events.

$31,092

Loop 23 Pty Ltd

Support for Loop in Melbourne to support purchase of equipment, artist fees and marketing to host quality eclectic live music performances.

$25,400

Merton Holdings Pty Ltd trading as Swamplands Bar

Support for original music performances at Swamplands Bar, Thornbury.

$23,340

Miss Mills Touring Pty Ltd

Support for programming costs as part of the John Curtin Hotel’s ‘Back to the Pub’ initiative.

$50,000

Night Cat Holdings trading as The Night Cat

Support for live music programming at the Night Cat post-COVID restrictions.

$30,000

No Retreat Pty Ltd trading as The Retreat Hotel

Funding for audio equipment and staff training to support live music at the Retreat Hotel, Brunswick.

$21,485

Nomata Pty Ltd

Upgrade the PA system in the Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy to provide quality Australian original live music.

$15,000

Paris Cat Pty Ltd as trustee for the Paris Cat Trust

Funding for original artists and bands to perform at Melbourne’s Paris Cat Jazz Club throughout 2021.

$25,000

Richmond Henty Hotel Pty Ltd trading as Quality Hotel Bentinck (The Macs Hotel Portland)

Support for Macs Hotel in Portland, Victoria, to upgrade and install a new sound system and train in-house staff.

$48,691

Sophie Baring

Upgrades at The Yorkshire Hotel to enable more live music events.

$27,545

The Trustee for S.C.U Co Unit Trust

Support for reduced capacity COVID-safe shows in 2021 at 170 Russell in Melbourne.

$30,000

The trustee for the Pineapple Unit Trust trading as Laundry Bar

Support for Laundry Bar’s regeneration program curated in collaboration with local labels, cultures and communities.

$30,000

The trustee for Varjhi Trust trading as Labour in Vain

Support for live music programming at The Labour in Vain in Fitzroy, Melbourne.

$30,000

Yah Yahs

Support for infrastructure and soundproofing upgrades at Yah Yahs, Melbourne.

$24,223

Western Australia

Ausway Nominees Pty Ltd trading as Mojos

Mojo’s purchase of new production equipment will support emerging and established artists of the Australian music industry in Fremantle.

$25,805

Freo Social Hall Pty Ltd trading as Freo.Social

Support for ‘Sidebar Showcases’ in Fremantle, regular weekly event for emerging artists to perform for audiences and industry.

$24,000

Lucky Bay Brewing

Supporting Lucky Bay Brewing to create a live music performance space, Esperance WA.

$18,700

Ronnie Nights

Support for purchase of equipment at Ronnie Nights will see Fremantle’s entertainment sector retain another quality live music venue.

$35,000

Six Degrees of Separation

Develop and promote new original music showcase ‘The Revelator’ at Six Degrees, Albany, to continue to give regional musicians opportunities to perform original works publicly.

$22,800

The River Hotel

Increasing the production capacity and improving soundproofing measures for live music venue in South West WA.

$35,933

Whalebone Brewing Company Pty Ltd

Support for Whalebone Brewing Company to host more live music and provide performance opportunities along the North West WA touring circuit.

$50,000

Good Things in Life Pty Ltd trading as the Settlers Tavern

Support for live gigs at Settlers Tavern in Margaret River, including stage lighting upgrades and promotion activities.

$43,625

Jazz Fremantle

Jazz Fremantle – Promotion of young Australian jazz musicians.

$10,000

Media contact:

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

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