Live Music Venues Grant Program

Funding of $500,000 will support venues to host live music, through a new dedicated MDO Live Music Venues Grant Program which is open for applications from Wednesday 4 November, and the deadline has been extended to Thursday 26 November 2020 to give venues more time to apply.

Grants of up to $25,000 each are available, through this inaugural program, to support venues to host live music from 1 January to 30 June 2021 as a reimbursement of costs for artist, sound and lighting technician fees during this period.

The program will support venues as well as create employment opportunities for local artists and music industry professionals, to assist in their recovery from the COVID-19 restrictions.

Please note South Australian venues that support live music activity are eligible to apply in Stream B of the MDO Project Support Grants, as well as the MDO Live Music Venues Grant Program.

To support you with your application, please see more information including the criteria and how to apply in the Guidelines (pdf) and Frequently Asked Questions.

Apply now by completing the application form:
Live Music Venues Grant Program Application

It is important to note that the grant applications will be assessed by industry representatives and unfortunately not all applications will receive funding.

Key dates for the MDO Live Music Venues Grant Program
• Wednesday 4 November 2020 – Grant round opens
• Thursday 26 November 2020 – Grant round closes
• Applicants will receive notification on whether they have been successful in receiving their grant in December 2020.

For any further enquiries contact MDO Program Manager Elizabeth Reid via email: or phone (08) 7320 3307



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