The Federal Government is supporting the return of live music, with the Caledonian Inn sharing in more than $2.5 million, as part of round three of the Live Music Australia program.
Federal Member for Barker said the program will bring more original live Australian music to communities across the country – from pubs in the remote outback, to clubs in major capital cities.
“This funding will help the live music sector to re-emerge as Australians continue to get vaccinated and COVID-19 restrictions ease, allowing venues to begin to reopen and rebuild,” Minister Fletcher said.
“It is important that our live music sector will be primed to host performances and gigs when permitted to do so, and by supporting these local venues now, we are increasing opportunities to see Australian artists get back on stage.”
“I’m pleased to announce that the Caledonian Inn will receive $17,500 through round three of the Live Music Australia Program,” Mr Pasin said.
“The Caledonian Inn is a very popular venue in the Limestone Coast, and this funding will enable them to deliver a full summer program of live music performances, supporting artists across the Limestone Coast.”
Caledonian Inn Geoff Prest said “This significant grant from the Federal Government will greatly assist with the funding of our music program and ensure that we can continue to bring live music to Robe and the Limestone Coast.”
“We are a small regional hotel in an isolated country town, and the majority of our live musicians travel from Adelaide. We are committed to supporting the live music industry and it is a major element in the dynamics of our hotel.” Mr Prest said.
“We would like to sincerely thank everyone involved with this funding support grant,” said Mr Prest.
This funding brings the Government’s investment to more than $8 million since the start of the program, supporting more than 300 live music venues and the recovery and sustainability of the live music sector.
Applications for round four of the program will open later this year, with funding to support venues from mid-2022 as they continue to re-establish regular programming of original live Australian music.
The Morrison Government is investing more than $1 billion into the arts and creative sector in 2021-22.