The peak bodies for Australia’s live performance industry and music festivals have welcomed the Victorian Budget’s strong commitment to delivering great live music events and festivals.
Today’s Victorian Budget confirms $34 million funding for the Government’s election commitments to boost opportunities for artists and audiences and confirm Victoria’s status as a world-class live music destination.
We welcome the $2.5 million commitment for music festivals of all sizes across the state, along with support for music in local pubs and venues through to blockbuster events, which will drive jobs and economic activity, providing more opportunities for artists on stage and those who work behind the scenes, as well as growing audiences for live music and attracting visitors from interstate and overseas.
Live Performance Australia Chief Executive Evelyn Richardson said: ‘It’s hugely encouraging to see the Victorian government recognises the huge economic, social and cultural potential of live music and performance and is backing in the industry’s potential by delivering on its election commitments. COVID took a devastating toll on our industry, and these measures will ensure we continue to rebuild successfully.’
Australian Festival Association managing director Mitch Wilson said: ‘It continues to be a challenging time for festival organisers, particularly in an environment of rising costs across the board. The Budget support will help keep Victorian festivals on the map, supporting artists, attracting audiences and adding to the vibrancy of the regions that host them.’
Live Performance Australia: Matt Francis 0467 777 220
Australian Festival Association: Mitch Wilson 0401 911 839