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    The Victorian Live Music Venues Program seeks to support Victoria’s live music sector by helping music venues respond to the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Funding can support  immediate business costs caused by the shutdowns and help businesses reopen in a COVID-safe way, providing employment opportunities for music industry workers ranging from musicians and crew to bookers, promoters and more.

    Who can apply

    Operators of licenced music venues across Victoria with a capacity of 50 to 1,200 people. The program will support venues that have a solid reputation for presenting original live music and demonstrate best practice in business operations including in staff, contractor, performer and patron management.

    To be eligible for support, venues must:

    • Be operating a licensed venue in Victoria, with a primary business model of presenting original live music performances
    • Have been operating as an original live music venue on 16 March 2020
    • Be able to evidence a reduction in turnover of at least 30 percent from the operation of the venue since 16 March 2020
    • Provide a copy of their liquor licence that shows an overall venue capacity of 50 to 1200 people
    • Provide a copy of their OneMusic licence for public performance of music that was held on 16 March 2020
    • Have dedicated performance and audience spaces to support live music performance within the venue
    • Be a solvent business
    • Hold a valid Australian Business Number (ABN), and have held that ABN at 16 March 2020

    Key dates

    Applications open: 17 July 2020 please apply using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal
    Round closes: 5pm, 13 August 2020*

    *Closing date extended: The deadline for the Victorian Live Music Venues program has been extended to 5pm, 13 August.

    Who to talk to

    Please note: We are experiencing a high volume of enquiries at this time so please contact only one staff member from the list below.

    Jack Berryman on 8683 3129 or via email at jack.berryman@creative.vic.gov.au

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