News November 5, 2020

South Australian Government injects extra $820k into music

South Australian Government injects extra $820k into music

The South Australian Government is injecting a further $820,000 into the local music sector towards the ongoing recovery of the state’s music industry.

The announcement was made yesterday by Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni, following on from a $1 million support package for 73 projects, including 21 live music venues, earlier this year.

Of the new sum, $500,000 will be focussed on venues that support live music, administered through the Music Development Office (MDO)’s inaugural Live Music Venues Grant Program.

Grants of up to $25,000 each are available to venues to reimburse costs for artist, sound and lighting technician for events taking place within the first half of 2021. Applications are open until November 19.

The remaining $320,000 in funding is available for artists and music businesses through a second round of the MDO Project Support Grants.

The grants fall within two distinct streams of funding to support musicians and help sustain businesses in the contemporary music sector for activity through the entire 2021 calendar year.

The first stream offers grants of up to $15,000 to support recording and performing artists, songwriters, producers and artist managers (on behalf of their artists) in creating or releasing new original music.

The second stream offers funding of up to $15,000 to support recording studios, promoters, labels, booking agents, venues, artist managers, self-managed artists and other music entrepreneurs or organisations with their efforts to create, present, produce or deliver original music.

Applications for the Project Support grants close on Thursday, November 26.

Venues which host live music can apply for both the Live Music Venues Grant Program and the business development stream of the Project Support Grants.

Information sessions about the grants will be held by the MDO on November 11 for the venues grants between 10.30am-11.30am and support grants between 6.00pm-7.30pm. Attendees must register by November 9.

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