The Morrison Government is supporting the return of live music, with three venues across Gilmore sharing in more than $2.5 million, as part of round three of the 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.”
Senator for New South Wales Jim Molan said the funding will provide much-needed support for local live music venues to rebuild, while also stimulating the economy and igniting excitement back into our community.
“I’m pleased to announce that The Milton Hotel, Shoalhaven Heads Bowling and Recreation Club and Morgan William Lewis have received a total of $124,779 to upgrade their venues through round three of the Live Music Australia Program,” Senator Molan said.
“This critical funding will help each venue with the installation of a PA system and lighting system, which will help reignite the live music industry on the South Coast and increase opportunities for artists.
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.
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.
The Morrison Government is investing more than $1 billion into the arts and creative sector in 2021-22.