Funding through Round Two of the Live Music Australia program will enable the Federal Hotel in Port Pirie to host more live music in Port Pirie.
The Morrison Government is reactivating live music across Australia with funding of more than $2.5 million under the Live Music Australia Program.
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has welcomed the support.
“The live music industry has been one of the hardest hit from Covid-19 restrictions,” he said.
“Pubs and clubs have had severe restrictions on numbers and obviously if you are restricting numbers you don’t need added attractions like live music.
“Now as the restrictions are scaled back, we want the venues to crank up again.
“The Federal Hotel will receive $9800 to upgrade its stage and PA to better host live music at the venure.
“There is nothing like a live band for a great night’s entertainment and our regions have many talented musicians and bands.
“Having great equipment and a good venue will foster the live music industry and that is a great thing!.
“I congratulate Mark and Kylie Phillips from the Federal for their continued support of live music and being successful with this funding.
“I note also that the Phillips have been undertaking a huge project in restoring the Federal to its former glory and are to be congratulated for their commitment to this important piece of historical infrastructure in Port Pirie.”
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the grants would support the immediate needs of the Australian live music industry.
“The Australian music industry is facing particular pressures in light of the severe impacts of COVID-19. That is why we are pleased to continue to support local venues to increase performance opportunities and showcase Australian talent,” Minister Fletcher said.
“Round two of the program is funding venues in every state and territory, from pubs in the remote outback, to clubs and theatres in major capital cities, assisting them to re-open as restrictions on public gatherings and live music performance are lifted.”
In August 2020, the Government announced the opening of the Live Music Australia program, which will deliver funding of $5 million annually over four years.
Applications for round three of the program will open later this year. For the list of round two recipients and for information on how to apply for round three, visit: www.grants.gov.au or www.arts.gov.au.
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