NSW live music grants given to big businesses

NSW live music grants given to big businesses

5th June 2021 Off By adpublisher

“This initiative is targeted directly at aiding employment and support for artists, musicians, DJs and the production people behind the scenes,” she said.

Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres said the $24 million program was “incredibly popular” among the state’s live music venues and was a “targeted response” in tune with industry needs.

“These venues are incredibly diverse in size and nature of live music programming, ensuring that we are able to provide gigs for everyone in all corners of the state,” he said. “This program further reinforces our commitment to helping venues and operators bounce back as quickly as possible.”

Paddo RSL general manager Ross Lamb said he was shocked to find out Crowbar, a music venue in Leichhardt, had been awarded $600,000 while his Paddington venue missed out. Mr Lamb said he also did not understand why venues owned by large businesses were given public funding.

“I find it difficult to fathom why private businesses like Merivale, which have obvious huge financial assets, get grants, and a struggling not-for-profit community club with strong links to live music gets nothing,” he said.

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“I think it may be unjust, or maybe other organisations had the right consultants and staff to professionally fill out government grant applications.”

Venues were required to show they had a significant live music program prior to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions and demonstrate financial distress to qualify for funding of up to $750,000.

But venues with pokies, certain types of liquor licenses or owned by government or education providers may have been ineligible.

The Paddo RSL has pokies, as do some of the hotels that received funding.

Other large companies that received funding under the live music support program include the Australian Venue Co., which owns Bungalow 8, and Event Hospitality & Entertainment.

Luke Mackey, director of entertainment at Event Hospitality & Entertainment, said the State Theatre had been “materially impacted” by COVID-19 and was closed for a large part of 2020 because of pandemic restrictions.

Mr Mackey declined to reveal how much money the company had been given, but said the funding from the state government meant the State Theatre could host musicians despite “great uncertainty” for live performance.

List of venues in Sydney

Blue Mountains City Council

  • Avalon Restaurant
  • Blackheath Bar and Bistro
  • Lawson Bowling Club

Council of the City of Sydney

  • Agincourt Hotel
  • Australian Heritage Hotel
  • Bad Mama Surry Hills
  • Bank Hotel
  • Bungalow 8 & The Loft
  • Burdekin Hotel
  • Cafe del Mar Sydney
  • Club 77
  • Cruise Bar
  • Cult
  • Fortune of War Hotel
  • Foundry616
  • Frankies Pizza By The Slice
  • Giant Dwarf Theatre
  • Golden Age Cinema & Bar
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Home The Venue and Tokio Hotel Sydney
  • Hustle & Flow Bar
  • ivy – Building 1
  • Kings Cross Hotel
  • Knox St Bar
  • Lord Gladstone Hotel
  • Low 302
  • Macquarie Hotel
  • Manning Bar and Hermans Bar
  • Marble Bar Hilton Sydney
  • Marlborough Hotel
  • Mary’s Underground
  • Max Watts Sydney – House of Music
  • Metro Theatre Sydney
  • MoshPit
  • Opera Bar
  • Orient Hotel
  • Oxford Art Factory
  • Potts Point Hotel
  • Slip Inn
  • SMCFC
  • State Theatre
  • Surlys
  • Surry Hills Hotel
  • The ArtHouse Hotel
  • The Bearded Tit
  • The Cliff Dive
  • The Glenmore Hotel
  • The Imperial Hotel
  • The Lansdowne Hotel
  • The Mercantile Hotel
  • The Soda Factory
  • Union Hotel Newtown
  • Vanguard Newtown

Inner West Council

  • Bridge Hotel Rozelle
  • Butchers Brew Bar
  • Camelot Lounge
  • Crowbar Sydney
  • Gasoline Pony
  • HiWay l
  • Kelly’s on King
  • Lazybones Lounge Restaurant & Bar
  • Leichhardt Bowling and Recreation Club
  • Marrickville Bowling and Recreation Club
  • Petersham Bowling Club
  • Red Rattler
  • The Enmore Theatre
  • The Factory Theatre
  • The Great Club
  • The Merton Hotel
  • Venue 505 & Old 505 Theatre

North Sydney Council

  • Music@ StreetMarket Donny’s Bar
  • Narrabeen RSL
  • Hordern Pavilion

Randwick City Council

  • Coogee Bay Hotel
  • Little Jack Horner
  • Roundhouse @ UNSW

Sutherland Shire Council

  • 3 Doors Down
  • EL SOL
  • The Brass Monkey
  • The Vinyl Room

The Council of the Shire of Hornsby

  • Dangar Island Bowling Club

Waverley Council

Willoughby City Council

Woollahra Municipal Council

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