MEDIA RELEASE: Live music set to be reignited in Canberra

The Morrison Government is supporting the return of live music, with 3 venues across the ACT sharing in more than $2.5 million, as part of round three of the Live Music Australia program.

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 – from pubs in the remote outback, to clubs in major capital cities.

“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.”

Senator Seselja said the funding will provide much-needed support for local live music venues to rebuild, while also stimulating the economy and igniting excitement back into our community.

“I’m pleased to announce that 3 venues across Canberra have shared in $106,000 for the installation and upgrade of audio and visual technology through round three of the Live Music Australia Program,” Senator Seselja said.

“This critical funding will see a new AV system installed at the Gang Gang Café and Bar, upgrades of sound and lighting equipment at Transit Bar and a new audio package for the University of Canberra’ Refectory and Hub.”

“These projects will help increase the capacity to facilitate live music in Canberra as we look to bounce back from the economic impacts of COVID-19,” senator Seselja said.

This funding brings the Government’s investment to more than $8 million since the start of the program, supporting more than 300 live music venues and the recovery and sustainability of the live music sector.

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.

The Morrison Government is investing more than $1 billion into the arts and creative sector in 2021-22.

For the list of round three recipients and for information on how to apply for round four, visit: or


Successful Canberra projects:

  • Gang Gang Café - $23,822 – For the installation of AV system and sound attenuation for Gang Gang Cafe and Bar to increase its capacity to facilitate original Australian live music.
  • Transit Bar - $45,505 - Vital upgrades of sound and lighting equipment, installation of sound attenuating structures to facilitate venue scalability and training to upskill staff to increase capacity of venue.
  • University of Canberra’s Refectory and Hub - $36,600 - A new audio package for the University of Canberra's Refectory and Hub. 

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts

Senator for the Australian Capital Territory