A message to our industry:
Dear Industry Colleagues,
The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are taking a heavy toll on the music industry, with lockdowns across the country, the cessation of Jobkeeper, border closures, ongoing restrictions and cancellation of events and tours all causing artists to lose gigs, and venues and promoters to trade unsustainably.
In recognition of this, the South Australian Government recently announced a $3 million dedicated Live Music Support Program designed to assist music businesses with the costs associated with preparing to host and deliver live music once borders reopen and restrictions are eased.
Through a competitive funding process, eligible dedicated live music venues and event promoters were able to apply for grants of up to $300,000 and professional touring artists will be able to apply for grants of up to $50,000.
This program will enable South Australia’s live music industry to be ready to host live music again, ensuring the home of Australia’s only designated UNESCO City of Music is ready to ’amp up’ post-pandemic.
In addition to this, the November round of Project Support Grants was available, enabling music businesses and artists to apply for grants of up to $15,000 to develop creative IP and foster new business opportunities. A total of $200,000 in grants was available in this round.
Applications for both programs are now closed, and the MDO will contact all applicants regarding the results when processing is complete.
These programs add a further $3.2 million in funding to the existing $3.2 million provided to the South Australian music industry, bringing the total investment to $6.4 million since the onset of COVID-19 pandemic.