A live music venue in Bathurst is among 162 businesses to receive an injection of funds through the delivery of the NSW Government’s $24 million Live Music Support Package.
The program supports NSW live music venues that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 related restrictions over the past year.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said Little Alberts at The Victoria would receive funding to help support the local venue’s efforts to promote live gigs which are considered an important creative and cultural part of the local visitor economy.
“Without a stage to perform on, and audiences to entertain, there are no creatives, artists or crew so the Live Music Support Package is a vital life-line for tens of thousands of people,” Mr Toole said.
“Live music venues come in all shapes and sizes, and this program delivered by the NSW Government has ensured that all needs are considered and the support is targeted and meaningful.”
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the benefits of this initiative would be far-reaching.
“This is a fantastic outcome for the state’s live music industry with 162 venues to receive crucial funds that will allow them to keep the doors open and get back to work putting on gigs once again,” he said.
“Live music is the beating heart of our state and this is the largest investment into grassroots live music in the history of NSW.
“We know that there is a whole network of businesses and professionals that are involved in staging live music shows, and many of these venues are pillars of their community and critical infrastructure that allows a whole range of events and activities to take place.”