The Australian Government is reactivating live music across Australia, with Archies Creek Public Hall getting a share in more than $2.5 million, in round two of the Live Music Australia Program.

The Australian music industry has faced considerable pressures in light of the severe impacts of COVID-19.  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.

Federal Member for Monash Russell Broadbent said the funding will provide critical support for local live music venues and help support communities to recover from the pandemic.

“I’m pleased to announce that Archies Creek Public Hall Trust have received $33,825 for the transformation of the hall into a unique and intimate professional live music venue in regional Victoria,” Mr Broadbent said.

President of the Archies Creek Community Hall, Ric Oldham, said “Receipt of the Live Music Australia Grant is fantastic news for the Archies Creek Community, the Bass Coast and indeed Gippsland as Archies Creek grows in popularity as a centre known for live music events.”

“As regional Victoria emerges from the effects of COVID the reputation of the Archies Creek Hall known as a small town hall owned by community for community will be greatly enhanced with improved performance stagging, lighting and audio provided through this substantial Federal Government Grant.”

“We are excited with the growing popularity of the hall and the prospect of the hall to professionally stage all forms of live music and other creative arts with such enhanced amenity. This is now only possible through this grant enabling the live music industry having purpose venues to perform combined with the huge efforts of our volunteers and our Community Partnerships,” Ric Oldham said.

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.