Great news in the ACT this week with the announcement by Minister for the Arts and Community Events Gordon Ramsay that the ACT Government is investing $108,000 to ensure Canberra’s live music scene continues to thrive.

“Canberra is brimming with talented musicians and we’ll be working closely with MusicACT to strengthen live music opportunities in the Capital,” Minister Ramsay said.

“We want to encourage a dynamic culture and improve vitality in our city and this program is a step in the right direction to achieve this.”

The funding will support a range of initiatives including capacity building programs in artist management, recording, touring, and promoting, as well as kick-start more all-ages gigs in the region.

MusicACT, who partnered with the Live Music Office on the Cool Little Capital 25 point action plan, has been engaged to lead the project because of its specialist knowledge and expertise in the live music sector.

“We are so excited to be taking the lead on this project. MusicACT aims to create support systems to guide the careers of all musicians, no matter their age or experience and we can’t wait to get started,” said MusicACT President, Dave Caffery.

This initiative supports an election commitment made in 2016 to strengthen the live music sector in the ACT.