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Play Local (closed)

Play Local is designed to support Queensland’s performance venues to program Queensland artists and arts organisations while social distancing restrictions are in place and during the subsequent recovery phase. This includes live music venues and performing arts venues. 

Eligible applicants can apply to Play Local to fund shows over a number of weeks or months between 15 August and 31 December 2020, or to support a single performance, up to the maximum $20,000.

Play Local is part of the Queensland Government's Arts and Cultural Recovery Package of $22.5 million over two years to stabilise Queensland’s arts companies, secure employment for artists and arts workers and deliver COVID-safe cultural experiences for Queensland audiences


  • Support Queensland-based live performance venues to program more Queensland artists in 2020
  • Increase paid performance opportunities for our artists and artsworkers in 2020
  • Facilitate audience access to live music and performing arts events and to build community confidence towards recovery


Funding available 

Up to $20,000

Eligibility criteria

Play Local applicants must:

  • be based in Queensland
  • meet the definition for a live music venue or performance arts venue as stated in the Play Local guidelines
  • provide evidence of regular artistic programming over the last 12 months

Additional eligibility criteria apply. See Play Local guidelines for a full list of eligibility requirements.

Applications open: 3 July 2020 

Applications close: 5pm 27 July 2020

How to apply

  1. Read the Play Local Fund support documents: guidelines (DOCX) (327.86 KB) and frequently asked questions  (DOCX) (318.95 KB)
  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


Facebook Live

Join us for the Live Music Venue Support and Play Local live info session.

Date: Tuesday 7 July 2020

Time: 1.30 - 2.00pm

Link: Arts Queensland Facebook Page