If you operate a live music venue that has suffered financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, you may be eligible for funding from the NSW Government’s Live Music Support package.
This funding helps live music venues stay open and create employment opportunities for musicians, promoters and technicians.
Eligible businesses can apply for funding to be used for operational costs related to running their venue, including, but not limited to, employing musicians and support crew.
Funding amounts will be divided into 3 tiers, based on:
- the size and capacity of the venue
- how much of the venue is used for live music
- how often the venue held live music events before COVID-19.
For full details of the funding available, read the Live Music Support Package – guidelines
Note: Applications closed Monday 19 April 2021.
To be eligible for funding, you must:
- be an owner or licensee that operates a live music venue in NSW (your primary business is presenting live music only or you have a significant live music venue operation)
- have an on-premises, club, hotel or small bar liquor licence
- demonstrate a significant live music program prior to COVID-19
- demonstrate financial distress owing to COVID-19 restrictions.
If you can demonstrate your venue has a significant impact on the live music sector but does not meet all eligibility requirements, exceptions may be made on a limited case by case basis.
Note: You’ll need to demonstrate why you should be considered eligible if either of the following apply:
- you have gaming machines on site
- you’re required to pay a compliance history risk loading since 1 January 2019.
You're not eligible to receive funding if:
- your venue is owned by a government provider (Local, State or Commonwealth) or an education provider
- your venue has a producer/wholesale, limited, pop-up or packaged liquor licence
- you’ve received support from the Create NSW Arts Rescue and Restart package.
What you need
- your business details – Australian Business Number (ABN) and liquor licence number
- a certified copy of your birth certificate or Australian passport as proof of identity
- the business bank account details
- a 300-word statement explaining why your venue should be supported through this funding package
- documentary evidence (including photos/videos and floorplans) that shows your venue has a live music performance space, separate auditorium, lighting, sound desk and so on
- marketing materials, such as website information, that demonstrate your shows and programming
- details of your venue’s capacity
- copies of your business activity statements (BAS) from January 2019 (if on monthly reporting) or March 2019 (if on quarterly reporting) to December 2020
- a statutory declaration that all information provided is true and accurate.
- If you have more than one liquor licence, you can submit an application for each one.
- After your application is received, it'll be reviewed and you'll be notified of the outcome. This may take up to 2 weeks.
- A panel of music industry specialists and government representatives will review eligible applications.
- Funding will be announced early May 2021 and payments made to successful applicants before 30 June 2021.