The Victorian government has announced $13 million in new funding to keep Melbourne’s hard-hit live music venues alive amid months of COVID-19 shutdowns.
Of the $13 million in total funding, $9.6 million will be directed to the venues who have been forced to close during COVID-19 lockdowns.
“Hundreds and hundreds” of live music venues had already applied, according to the minister.
While making the announcement, Minister for Creative Arts Martin Foley said the funds should send a message of “hope and recovery” as the state gets on top of its second coronavirus wave.
“Melbourne has the highest number of live music venues per capita of anywhere in the world,” Mr Foley said.
“And that underpins the whole rich ecology of our contemporary live music sector and the tens of thousands of jobs and the thousands of creative musicians that it sustains.”