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New Victorian Government Funding Announced - 10,000 Gigs: The Victorian Gig Fund and Live Music Festivals Fund

Victoria’s live music scene will get a $10 million boost over four years with the launch of two programs that will support music festivals and venues while providing more paid gigs for local musicians. 

The programs, delivered by Music Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government, will create more paid opportunities for local artists, from those just starting out to established acts, and give Victorian music lovers the chance to see more great local live music. At least 25 per cent of funding in both programs will go to music festivals and live music venues in regional Victoria.

Victoria’s music venues and festivals are the lifeblood of so many communities across our state. The $10 million investment will deliver a steady pipeline of gigs at live music venues, and support more local music festivals to expand and grow and to ensure more artists have paid opportunities.

The Live Music Festivals Fund will provide grants of up to $50,000 to established Victorian festival organisers to help them stage new or existing events – creating more local jobs for people on and off the stage and attracting thousands of fans to cities and towns so they can see their favourite local artists up close.

10,000 Gigs: The Victorian Gig Fund, is part of the Victorian Government's commitment to back 10,000 lve music gigs across the state in the next four years. Established live music venues can apply for a grant of up to $10,000 to go towards Victorian artists’ fees for gigs at their venue.

This targeted support for our vital live music sector will create more paid opportunities for local artists - from those just starting out to established acts. It will also make it easier for venues across the state to host great local gigs while giving Victorian music lovers the chance to see their favourite acts close to where they live.

Our festivals and venues are the lifeblood of Victoria’s live music sector, providing opportunities for artists to play shows, earn an income and grow their audiences whilst supporting local businesses, economies and community connection.

Applications for the Live Music Festivals Fund and The Victorian Gig Fund open on Monday 22 April at 10:00AM and close on Friday 17 May at 2:00PM.

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