The Morrison Government is supporting the return of live music, with Sandy Point Music 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.”
Federal Member for Monash Russell Broadbent said the funding will provide much-needed support for local live music venue to rebuild, while also stimulating the economy and igniting excitement back into our community.
“I’m pleased to announce that Sandy Point Music have received $28,367 for the Sandy Point Summer Series through round three of the Live Music Australia Program,” Mr Broadbent said.
“This critical funding will support the Sandy Point Summer Series in presenting a sequence of original live music events, supporting both local and national music artists.”
A Spokesperson from Sandy Point Music said they are excited at the opportunity to restart the Summer Series in 2021-2022 with the generous funding provided through the Live Music Australia Program.
“The Funding will allow us to invite back our local artists and production crews to present live music to our supportive and understanding audience as we navigate our through the easing of restrictions on numbers.
“We have a great line-up of events scheduled over the summer months. You can find our more about the program and Sandy Point Music at www.facebook.com/sandypointmusic,” the Spokesperson 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.