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CASH INJECTION: Local venues get a boost from the Live Music Australia Program

Shoal Bay Country Club and the Criterion Hotel in Weston will take a slice of an extra $2.5 million in funding as part of the third round of grants awarded under the federal government’s Live Music Australia Program.

Liberal Patron Senator for the Hunter Region Hollie Hughes said the funding will provide much-needed support for will stimulate the economy and help local live music venues to rebuild after lockdown.

“I’m pleased to announce that Shoal Bay Country Club has received $32,000 to support local live musicians and the live music industry in regional areas, and the Criterion Hotel in Weston has received $26,340 for equipment upgrades and increased programming of original music to help grow a local, sustainable live music culture through Round Three of the Live Music Australia Program,” Senator Hughes said.

Since it was established, the funding program has delivered more than $8 million to aid in the recovery and sustainability of the live music sector.

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the program will bring more original live Australian music to communities across the country.

“This funding will help the live music sector to re-emerge as Australians continue to get vaccinated and COVID-19 restrictions ease, allowing venues to begin to reopen and rebuild,” Minister Fletcher said.

“It is important that our live music sector will be primed to host performances and gigs when permitted to do so, and by supporting these local venues now, we are increasing opportunities to see Australian artists get back on stage.”

Applications for Round Four of the Program will open later this year, with funding to support venues from mid-2022 as they continue to re-establish regular programming of original live Australian music.