The ACT Government has just announced Amp It Up! A fund to support live gigs in Canberra.
The fund will inject $700,000 into small to medium local live music and performance venues to assist them to recover after the impacts of COVID-19.
These local venues are so critical to Canberra’s night-time economy and the character of our city centres, and integral to the development and employment of local artists.
With Amp It Up!, local venues can apply for a grant of up to $60,000 to offset the costs associated with the programming and promotion of gigs from 1 June to 30 November 2021. This includes up to 100% of costs associated with engaging artists and technicians and up to 50% of the marketing costs.
At least half of the programmed performances need to be local – ensuring we’re supporting our amazing local talent while also attracting interstate acts and giving the touring community confidence that the ACT is open for business. This funding coincides with the recent announcement that these venues can work with the Chief Health Officer in seeking exemptions to increase their capacity for live events.
Applications will open on 3 May and MusicACT stands ready to support venues and host an industry information session at 4pm on Friday 30 April at @sidewaycbr.