Covid-impacted dedicated indoor live music venues in Queensland are encouraged to apply for the latest round of funding through the Live Music Support Program, now open until Monday 18th April 2022.
Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said this latest round of the Live Music Support Program continues to deliver on the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to back local live music venues and support their ongoing recovery following the impacts of COVID-19 for costs incurred from 1 October 2021 to 31 December 2021.
“The Live Music Support Program, as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s response to support the state’s arts and cultural sector, and helps to offset operational costs for eligible venues, as well as programming and artist fees, Minister Enoch said.
“The Live Music Support Program is supported by the additional $7 million announced in the 2021-22 State Budget to help tabilize our state’s live music industry.
“Since March 2020, our investment in Queensland’s live music sector has already delivered $13.7 million to 37 live music venues through the previous rounds of Live Music Support and through earlier support and project funding.”
Kris Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, Qmusic, said many in the music industry called January their worst month in recent memory.
“The ongoing support of Queensland venues by the Queensland Government will ensure their survival, as confidence grows again in our audiences,” Mr Stewart said.
Minister Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government had committed to more than $79 million in measures to support the arts sector since the onset of the pandemic, including the $22.5 million Arts and Cultural Recovery Package and a further $7 million to support the live music sector.
“The arts are key to delivering our Government’s plan for economic recovery from COVID-19, each year contributing $8.5 billion into the state’s economy and supporting more than 92,000 jobs for Queenslanders,” Ms Enoch said.
Live Music Support Program – Round 4 closes on 18 April 2022. For more information: https://www.arts.qld.gov.au/aq-funding