QMusic in cahoots with state govt to reboot live music scene
QMusic is working closely with the Queensland Government to find new ways to support the state’s live music sector through the pandemic and pending recovery.
The Government’s new $22.5 million Arts and Cultural Recovery Package is one initiative and aims to relieve cost pressures for venues with a track record of hosting original live music.
Queensland Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said Live Music Venue Support and Play Local, which opened on July 3, will help venues reopen in line with the Government’s roadmap.
Live Music Venue Support grants will be available for live music venues, with smaller venues able to access up to $15,000 and larger venues up to $25,000.
Enoch said the funds can be used to assist in offsetting the cost of reopening and showcasing “Queensland’s incredible music talent” while restrictions remain in place.
“Play Local will support live music and performing arts venues to program Queensland artists and performing arts organisations,” she said, “with grants of up to $20,000 to support the employment of independent artists, organisations and arts workers.”
QMusic CEO Angela Samut said live music venues are critical to the survival and sustainability of the local industry and for supporting the livelihoods of its workers.
“It also gives a nod to the intrinsic value of experiencing live music,” Samut said, to assist communities with mental health and wellbeing as some normality returns.
“QMusic will continue to work closely with the Queensland Government to get the live music industry back-to-business so that artists can play regular gigs and support a pipeline of new talent to help grow a thriving music industry,” Samut added.
The Queensland Government will host a Facebook Live information session to learn more about Live Music Venue Support and Play Local on July 7 from 1.30pm.
More information on Arts and Cultural Recovery Package funding programs and initiatives will be available on Arts Queensland’s website as they open.