Over the weekend, Victorian Creative Industries Minister Foley has announced a $15 million package of support for Victoria’s live music venues. You can read the media release here. 

The new Victorian Live Music Venues program is a competitive grants program that seeks to support Victoria’s live music venues to respond to the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Open to venues across Victoria with a capacity of 50 to 1,200 people, it will support venues that have a solid reputation for presenting original live music and demonstrate best practice in business operations.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said,

“Venues have been a vital part of our music culture and economy – hosting thousands of gigs a week, providing a vital career-making platform for artists and employment for industry workers.”

“While our love of music has continued online throughout the shutdown, paid work for many in the industry has dried up. By helping to secure venues for the future, we’ll help the industry bounce back when it is safe to do so.”

Applications will open on 16 July and close at 5pm, 6 August. Further details on the program are available on the Creative Victoria website and full guidelines will be available in the coming days.

This venues program is in addition to the $4 million Music Industry Support package announced in May, details of which are currently being finalised, and complements other broader State and Federal government initiatives that are also available to music businesses.