The Ararat live music scene has received a boost this month thanks to funding commitment from the federal government.
Ararat Live - a not-for-profit group that hosts original live music in venues around Ararat - is sharing in more than $2.5 million, as part of round three of the Live Music Australia program.
Federal Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan, said he was pleased Ararat Live was included in round three of the Live Music Australia program.
"I'm pleased to announce that Ararat Live Incorporated have received $13,785 for their Ararat Live Monthly Music Program through round three of the Live Music Australia Program," he said.
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, added the live music scene is an important part of the post-pandemic economic recovery.
"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," he 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."
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This latest round of 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.
For the list of round three recipients and for information on how to apply for round four, visit: www.grants.gov.au or www.arts.gov.au.
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