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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 were eligible to apply for up to $60,000, and venues with a capacity greater than 500 people could apply for support of up to $80,000.

Outcomes

Live Music Support program funding outcomes as at May 2021. Live Music Support program is supporting 21 venues with $1,337,169.

  • The Zoo, Fortitude Valley - $60,000
  • Solbar, Maroochydore - $80,000
  • The Tivoli Theatre, Fortitude Valley - $80,000
  • Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns - $80,000
  • Mo’s Desert Clubhouse, Burleigh Heads - $59,329
  • Banshees Bar & Artspace, Ipswich - $43,113
  • Tomcat Bar, Fortitude Valley - $58,500
  • The Triffid, Newstead - $80,000
  • Vinnies Dive, Southport - $60,000
  • Can You Keep A Secret, Woolloongabba - $59,597
  • Dust Temple, Currumbin Waters - $59,750
  • Miami Marketta, Mermaid Beach - $79,000
  • The Bearded Lady, West End - $55,000
  • The Met Hotel, Toowoomba - $38,000
  • NightQuarter, Birtinya - $80,000
  • Fortitude Music Hall, Fortitude Valley - $80,000
  • Woolly Mammoth, Fortitude Valley - $80,000
  • The Junk Bar, Ashgrove - $50,000
  • Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley - $48,000
  • BBQ Bazaar/Burleigh Bazaar, Burleigh Heads - $63,200
  • EC Venue, Fortitude Valley - $43,680

Information about the fund

Objectives 

  • 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 

 

Funding 

  • 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 opened: 1 April 2021

Applications closed: 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.