Are you eligible for the Victorian Live Music Program Grant?

24 July 2020
Posted by Andrew Szoeke

COVID-19 has created serious challenges for many industries across the world, with the entertainment sector being particularly hard hit. Some artists have found alternative ways to continue on, but live venues have had no real options as they are, well, closed!   And in Victoria, as we experience our ‘second wave’, things are not looking up any time soon for live venues.

Thankfully, grant funds such as the “Victorian Live Music Program” have been developed.  We highly recommend all live music venues in Victoria apply for this grant before the 6th of August cut-off date.  Here’s the low down on applying.

Is my business eligible for the grant?

To be eligible for support, venues must:

– Be operating a licensed venue in Victoria, with a primary business model of presenting original live music performances.

–  Have been operating as an original live music venue on 16 March 2020 (this includes venues where live DJs mix and manipulate recordings as part of their performance)

–  Be able to evidence a reduction in turnover of at least 30 percent from the operation of the venue since 16 March 2020.

–  Provide a copy of their liquor licence that shows an overall venue capacity of 50 to 1200 people.

–  Provide a copy of their OneMusic licence for public performance of music that was held on 16 March 2020.

–  Have dedicated performance and audience spaces to support live music performance within the venue.

–  Be a solvent business.

Hold a valid Australian Business Number (ABN), and have held that ABN at 16 March 2020.

How much is the Grant for?

The grant has been divided into 3 levels which are determined by venue capacity, as follows:

Tier A – 600 to 1200 pax – up to $130 000
Tier B – 300 to 599 pax – up to $100 000
Tier C – 50 to 299 pax – up to $80 000

What can the grant funds be used for?

Creative Victoria have stated “this funding is intended to assist venue stabilisation (solvency) while coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions make the re-commencement of live performance operations infeasible or uncommercial and to meet costs directly related to the re-opening and re-commencement, or continuation of staging of live music performance events, safely and effectively during the staged easing of restrictions.”

In real terms, these costs may include:

–  Operational, non-discretionary and fixed business costs.

–  Costs for obtaining professional business services or advice.

–  Marketing & re – engaging with audiences.

–  Staff wages, relevant contractors and training (with some exclusions).

–  Some venue modifications and capitol works NOT requiring a building permit.

–  Re-establishing supply chains.

–  Artist fees (guarantees)

How do I apply?

The application process is a cumbersome and lengthy one, which requires patience and attention to detail! Check [here] to obtain more information on how to apply.

If you don’t have the patience, time or attention to detail (or just want to handball it to the experts!), Studio Legal is able to take care of the application process for you.  Please contact our hospitality consultant and director of operations, Zok at or in the office 03 9521 2128 to chat about our grant writing services and to obtain a quote.