More live music coming to Noosa

The Covid-19 pandemic hit the arts and entertainment industry and hospitality venues hard, so an $18,000 grant to support live music at the Tewantin Noosa RSL, announced today by Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien, will help to support weekly performances.
 
Mr O’Brien said the grant from the Morrison Government’s $2.5 million round two of the Live Music Australia Program will enable the Tewantin Noosa RSL and Citizens Memorial Club to host live performances by local and touring Australian artists.
 
“This is about supporting local jobs by encouraging more people to visit the RSL, enjoy some live music, have a drink and a meal and a good time out with family and friends,” Mr O’Brien said.
 
“The funding will provide a real boost to the local Noosa live music scene, supporting the entertainment and hospitality industry, increasing opportunities for local people to socialise, and also enhancing Noosa as a great tourism destination.”
 
“The Tewantin Noosa RSL is a fantastic venue and their ‘Live and Original’ events are a great opportunity to hear talented local and interstate musicians while helping the Noosa hospitality sector to rebuild from COVID-19.”
 
Tewantin Noosa RSL Club General Manager Julie McLaws said the Club was excited to have further opportunities to recognise local and original up and coming performers.
 
“We hope to see new faces brought into the Club with the addition of ‘Live and original’ nights,“ Ms McLaws said.
 
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the grants would support the immediate needs of the Australian live music industry.
 
“The Australian music industry is facing particular pressures in light of the severe impacts of COVID-19. That is why we are pleased to continue to support local venues to increase performance opportunities and showcase Australian talent,” Minister Fletcher said.
 
“Round two of the program is funding venues in every state and territory, from pubs in the remote outback, to clubs and theatres in major capital cities, assisting them to re-open as restrictions on public gatherings and live music performance are lifted.”
 
In August 2020, the Government announced the opening of the Live Music Australia program, which will deliver funding of $5 million annually over four years.
 
Applications for round three of the program will open later this year. For the list of round two recipients and for information on how to apply for round three, visit: www.grants.gov.au or www.arts.gov.au.