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Live Music Australia program

Contact Details

Contemporary Music Team

02 6271 1711

Email Address:

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Close Date & Time:
13-Sep-2020 12:00 am (ACT Local Time)
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Primary Category:
121003 - Humanities
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Selection Process:
Open Competitive


The Live Music Australia program will provide support to the live music sector, with a focus on small to medium venues that support high quality original Australian live music that is professionally staged. It aims to revive business ventures in local suburbs, towns and regions across the country, building capacity for a sustainable live music scene with strong community roots, in all parts of Australia. The first year of funding is aimed at preparing live music venues to become operational following the impacts of COVID-19 on the industry.

The program will:

• support the development, growth and innovation of Australian contemporary live music by increasing performance opportunities for original contemporary music by Australian artists

• support a sustainable venue-based live music industry by building professional capacity within venues

• support partnerships, collaboration and networks across the Australian live music industry.

The grant program will run from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2024 with two funding rounds per year. There will be $2.5 million available per round. It is anticipated that most grants will be between $5,000 to $100,000, depending on the scope of the grant activity and its complexity. Grants for equipment and/or infrastructure will generally be no more than $25,000. Grants for other eligible activities will be a maximum of $100,000


To be eligible for funding, applicants must: 

• have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

• be registered for the purposes of GST (if applicable)

• be a permanent resident of Australia

• have an account with an Australian financial institution

• comply with all regulatory, industry and legal requirements in relation to copyright, licensing and employment

and be one of the following entity types:

• a company incorporated in Australia

• a company incorporated by guarantee

• an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust

• an incorporated association

• a partnership

• a not-for-profit organisation

• an Australian local government body

an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 .

Grant Activity Timeframe:

Funding is anticipated to be available for projects commencing from November 2020.

Total Amount Available (AUD):
Estimated Grant Value (AUD):
From $5,000.00 to $100,000.00
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Contact Details

Contemporary Music Team

02 6271 1711

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