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Live Music Support program

The Live Music Support program offers contestable grant funding to Queensland-based indoor live music venues to offset revenue losses and stabilise business operations in 2021. Venues with a capacity of up to 499 people are eligible to apply for up to $60,000, and venues with a capacity greater than 500 people can apply for support of up to $80,000.



  • Relieve short term cost pressures for live music venues at a time that operation is curtailed.
  • Support employment of venue staff, technical crew and artists.
  • Ensure live music venues are in a strong position to safely resume full operations when restrictions are lifted.
  • Support the current and future viability of Queensland’s live music venues 



  • Up to $60,000 for small venues (up to 499 pax.)
  • Up to $80,000 for large venues (over 500 pax.)


Eligibility criteria

Applicants must:

  • be a venue based in Queensland 
  • have been operational for at least 12 months prior to application
  • meet the definition of a live music venue: a business whose primary function is to program or host original live music
  • provide evidence of a history of regular original live music programming
  • have been highly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated shutdown and restrictions.

 Additional eligibility criteria apply. See Live Music Support guidelines for a full list of eligibility requirements.


How to apply

Applications open: 1 April 2021

Applications close: 4pm, 19 April 2021

  1. Read the Live Music Support documents: Guidelines Word (311.17 KB) or Guidelines PDF (438.84 KB), FAQs Word (296.41 KB) or FAQs PDF (440.38 KB), Important Information for Applicants and Terms of Funding
  2. Apply online

Online submission through SmartyGrants is Arts Queensland's preferred method for receiving application forms and outcome reports for our funding programs.

If circumstances prevent you from providing your application or outcome report in this format please contact an Arts Investment Officer on (07) 3034 4016 or toll free 1800 175 53, or email