Victorian live music industry offered coronavirus grants in $13 million support package

The Victorian Government has announced a $13 million package to help the state’s live music industry reopen with COVID-safe plans in place once restrictions ease.

Arts Minister Martin Foley acknowledged the sector was “one of the areas first and hardest hit” by the pandemic and said the Government was committed to ensuring it survived.

When the live music industry was forced to shut down in March, several Melbourne businesses told the ABC they feared they would not be able to survive months of closure.

Mr Foley said initial grants totalling $9 million would be offered to 106 live music venues to keep their businesses going and cover overhead costs until they could safely reopen.

The grants will also help offset the costs associated with enforcing caps on patrons at events.

Under Victoria’s coronavirus roadmap, outdoor entertainment events will be allowed, with approved COVID-safe plans, from the third step pencilled in for October 26.

In the final step of the roadmap, indoor entertainment venues would be able to open subject to density limits and patron caps.

The state recorded 14 new infections on Sunday and the deaths of five more people with COVID-19.

More to come.