Following on from a successful round of funding to help bolster the recovering Newcastle music industry, CoN is putting its hand in the pocket again.
A second round of the Live Music Grants program will see a further $20,000 injected into the local industry in an effort to encourage more venues to host gigs across the city throughout April.
The second funding instalment comes after incentives of up to $500 were given to venues to host local artists during the inaugural New Annual Festival.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said council was keen to do all it can to foster and nurture the depth of awesome talent we have in our city.
“City of Newcastle is committed to a creating a vibrant city and supporting our cultural sector, and we know live music is key to achieving these goals,” she said.
“During the New Annual festival, there were over 40 live music events at 16 venues across
Newcastle because of our Live Music Grants, giving a much-needed boost to our home-grown talent and the local hospitality ecosystem needed to nurture the future Trophy Eyes, Muzzy Pep, Silverchair, Screaming Jets, Amy Vee, Raave Tapes, and Gooch Palms.”
With events such as the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup, Sailfest Regatta, Women’s Rugby 7s and New Run kicking off in April, Councillor Carol Duncan added it was the perfect time for Newcastle to show off its musical talent.
“With an influx of visitors set to flock to Newcastle over April, we’re activating the city by helping local venues to host a wide range of live music,” Cr Duncan said.
“A vibrant live music scene is vital to ensuring Newcastle continues to develop its bustling arts and culture scene, and provide a lively, diverse and safe night-time economy to benefit the entire community.”
Events funded by round two of the Live Music Grants program will run between April 6 and 20 and applications close on Monday 22 March. Head here for more information.