MEDIA RELEASE: Vital funding to boost the return of live music in Canberra

The Liberal-National Government is supporting the return of live music in Canberra, with three venues awarded $92,500 in grants between them under round four of the Live Music Australia program.

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the grants would bring more original live Australian music to communities by funding small-to-medium venues across the country – from pubs in country towns, to clubs and theatres in major metropolitan areas.

“Local pubs and clubs are vital to the live music economy, which is why we’re pleased to deliver $2.5 million to support 102 venues rebuild and become operational as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease,” Minister Fletcher said.

“We want our live music venues primed to host performances, to engage and entertain audiences, and to maximise their economic recovery and sustainability.

“To date the Morrison Government has committed more than $10 million under the program to support more than 400 live music venues get Australian artists back on stage, increase job opportunities for venue staff and help live music venues thrive again.”

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja 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 the Basement Canberra, Blackbird Bar, and the Canberra Irish Club will share in $92,500 for upgrades and improvements that will help the return of live music to our city,” Senator Seselja said.

“This critical funding will deliver quality Australian live music into the community, putting local artists back on stage while also helping our venues maximise their economic sustainability and recovery.” 

Arts funding by the Liberal-National Government in 2021-22 stands at more than $1 billion dollars. This is a record level of funding under any federal government, Liberal or Labor. 



Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts

Senator for the ACT