Funding for live music to rock on in 2022

Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

Indoor venues with a track record of programming original live music throughout Queensland will receive around $2.8 million under the latest round of the Palaszczuk Government’s Live Music Support Program.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the Round 3 funding was providing ongoing support to live music venues that have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Live Music Support Program, an initiative of the Palaszczuk Government’s Arts and Cultural Recovery Package, offers financial assistance for live music venues to stabilise business operations and to offset revenue losses.

“This latest round builds on funding delivered through Rounds 1 and 2 and the earlier Live Music Venue Support program, with a total of 37 venues supported across all programs.

“This brings the total investment in live music from the Palaszczuk Government to $13.7 million since the start of COVID-19 pandemic,” Minister Enoch said

“Queensland live music venues are fundamental in employing musicians, technicians, and venue staff, supporting a range of small businesses, and bringing us together to share a gig.

“As we head into a new year, it’s critical that Queensland’s live music venues are well-positioned to support our musicians and arts workers.

“The arts, cultural and creative sectors are key to delivering our plan for economic recovery from COVID-19, each year injecting $8.5 billion into the state’s economy and supporting more than 92,000 jobs for Queenslanders,” Ms Enoch said.

Paul Day, President of the Brisbane Jazz Club, which received $100,000 through Round 3, said the funding was vital in enabling the Jazz Club to continue providing affordable entertainment for the community.

“It is so important for entertainment to survive in these difficult times and it will now at the Brisbane Jazz Club, along with keeping its staff employed, thanks to the Live Music Support Program and the Queensland Government,” Mr Day said.

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