$20m funding and insurance scheme to boost Victoria’s live music industry

14 | 11 | 2021

Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson has announced the $20 million Live Music Restart package, which will support the exciting return of live music. Beloved music venues will safely get live shows back on their stages thanks to an $8 million program to recruit and train new staff, invest in COVIDSafe infrastructure and get more […]

South Australia Music Development Office $3M Live Music Support Program Announced

29 | 10 | 2021

The MDO Live Music Support Program provides financial support to established live music  enterprises, which includes dedicated live music venues and event promoters, and professional touring artists. The purpose of the program is to enable eligible music businesses to invest in costs associated with planning and presenting live music so that venues, promoters and artists […]

Grants open for Victoria’s music industry

29 | 10 | 2021

The Victorian Government is supporting musicians, bands and music businesses to get back on their feet and back on stage, with grants to recharge Victoria’s famed live music scene. William Elm at Blak Sounds 2019, VMDO First Peoples. Image by Jacinta Keef A new round of grants through the Music Works program is now open, […]

July 2021 COVID – 19 Support

16 | 7 | 2021

The Australian music industry includes many small businesses and sole traders, who earn their living in crowded venues, and at events a long time in preparation. They are heavily and immediately affected by any restrictions that come into play, even if they live and work in another part of an affected state or across the […]

QMusic Appoints Kris Stewart as New CEO

18 | 5 | 2021

From the QMusic Website: QMusic, Queensland’s music industry development association, is delighted to announce Kris Stewart has been appointed CEO and will commence in the position on 14 June 2021. Mr Stewart joins QMusic following a successful eight-year tenure as Artistic Director at Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland’s home for contemporary culture. He will take the helm […]

NSW Venues Thrown $24M Lifeline

30 | 3 | 2021

In very welcome news for the music industry in NSW, On 25 March 2021 the NSW Government has announced $24 million to Destination NSW for a Live Music Support Package to be administered in partnership with Create NSW and the Office of the 24-Hour Economy Commissioner. This funding was included as part of a $51.5 […]

Is Inner West the NSW Live Music Capital

10 | 3 | 2021

Back in September and October 2019, John Wardle from the Live Music Office and Sydney Fringe Festival set to work quietly mapping each and every type of show or performance they could uncover across The Inner West Local Government Area in Sydney, just outside the City of Sydney CBD. In these months before COVID hit, […]


13 | 11 | 2020

The biggest overhaul of regulations around live music and cultural activity in NSW in a generation passed through the Legislative Council of the NSW Parliament last night with coordinated changes to the Liquor Act, Planning Act, Local Government Act, the Building Code as well as emergency COVID-19 placemaking for food, drink and entertainment activation. “APRA […]