Victoria amps up support for live music and events 

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The Government of Victoria is amping up its support for live music and festivals in the Australian state, thanks to the launch of two new programmes. 

Some A$10m (£5m/€6m/$6.5m) has been set aside over the next four years, with the aim of supporting the state’s music festivals and venues, while also providing more paid gigs for local musicians.

The first programmes to be supported through this financial package include the Live Music Festivals Fund and 10,000 Gigs: The Victorian Gig Fund. The two initiatives will soon open for applications, and will be delivered in partnership with the state’s music industry peak body Music Victoria.

The Live Music Festivals Fund will offer grants of up to A$50,000 to established festival organisers in Victoria, to support them in staging new or existing events.

Elsewhere, the Victorian Gig Fund is a component of the Victorian Government’s commitment to support 10,000 live music gigs in the next four years.

Victorian live music venues will be able to apply for up to A$10,000 across 2024-25 to go towards paying artists’ fees for gigs. The hope is for the fund to create more paid opportunities for local artists – newcomers or established acts – while offering residents the chance to see more local live music.

At least 25% of funding for both programmes will be dedicated to music festivals and live music venues in regional Victoria.

The application window for the Live Music Festivals Fund and The Victorian Gig Fund will open on April 22, before closing on May 17.