South Australian live music venues get major boost with new ‘See It LIVE’ grant

20 live music venues across Adelaide will receive a grant to support costs associated with the presentation of live music.

The Malinauskas Labor Government has announced a new initiative to support live music spaces that play a significant role in enhancing South Australia’s cultural scene and providing opportunities for budding artists.

Named “See It LIVE,” the Music Activation Fund will grant a total of $850,000 to twenty live music venues in the area. Covering costs related to live music presentations, this significant funding will be spread between twelve sites in the Central Business District (CBD), five in Adelaide Metropolitan locations, and three anchored in regional districts.

These are:
Wheatsheaf Hotel (CBD)
Lion Arts Factory (CBD)
Ancient World (CBD)
Unibar ADL (CBD)
Grace Emily Hotel (CBD)
Broadcast Bar (CBD)
Jive (CBD)
The Gov (Hindmarsh)
Semaphore Workers Club (Semaphore)
Arthur (CBD)
Rhino Room and Lowlife Bar (CBD)
Woodshed  (Royal Park)
Murray Delta Juke Joint (Goolwa)
Nexus Arts (CBD)
The Three Brothers Arms (Macclesfield)
My Lover Cindi (CBD)
Exeter Hotel (CBD)
Confession (Port Adelaide) – set to close its doors 
Big Easy Radio (Aldinga Beach)
Prompt Creative Centre (CBD)

To enhance the project’s success, the Music Development Office and the Office for Small and Family Business have partnered to offer free business advisory services to funding recipients. This initiative comes as part of the government’s $14 million Small Business Strategy and is designed to assist small venue owners in managing and expanding their businesses effectively.

In the words of the Minister for Arts, Andrea Michaels MP, “Our live music venues play a vital role in supporting the careers of emerging artists and contribute significantly to the cultural life of our state – reflected through our designation as a UNESCO City of Music.”

“The See It LIVE Music Activation Fund brings together two areas of my portfolio, the Music Development Office and the Office of Small and Family Business, to provide targeted funding and business support to ensure a more sustainable future for our venues in the longer term.”

The beneficiaries of the See It LIVE fund will gain access to a free tailored workshop on business fundamentals for live music venues. They will also receive a one-on-one consultation to assess their individual businesses needs and secure a business mentor.

Semaphore Workers Club President, Sally Mitchell, supported the government’s efforts in supporting live music, “We are grateful for and applaud the Malinauskas Government’s continuing support of live music in SA.”

“The Semaphore Workers Club has for many years presented live music focussed on an Australian form of the blues to the people of the western suburbs and LeFevre Peninsula.”

In addition to the See It LIVE initiative, the Malinauskas Government has provided several other grants to support South Australia’s live music industry. This includes $50,000 for Fringe It LIVE grants for venues hosting live music during Adelaide Fringe and up to $15,000 through the Project Support Grants.

To find out more about the support available for South Australia’s live music industry, click here

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