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$300k lifeline for NightQuarter to keep live music playing



Sunshine Coast live music venue NightQuarter has lost more than $3 million worth of gigs this year but a State Government grant is giving them a much-needed lifeline.

NightQuarter is among 22 live music venues collecting its share of round 2 of the Live Music Support Program.

It has received $300,000 to support acts and gigs in what has been a tumultuous 18 months during the pandemic.

NightQuarter director Michelle Christoe says it's been a rough trot for the entire industry, with venue forced to cancel six months worth of tours and hasn't held a ticketed event for the past two months.

But a more optimistic Ms Christoe says the grant will help keep the music alive.

"It's been fantastic to see the state supporting live music," she says.

"We've lost over $3 million worth of events this year.

"It's been a very difficult year."

Ms Christoe says the money will be invested in securing new live music gigs.

Maroochydore's Solbar also received $100,000 under the program.

Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch says the important rollout of immediate government funding through round 2 of the Live Music Support Program is helping to ease the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on Queensland’s live music industry.

“Our Government recently amped up investment in our live music industry, with funding of $7 million in the 2021-22 budget," she says.

“Live music venues were quickly able to access this support through Round 2 of the Live Music Support program, off-setting venue costs, and supporting programming and artist fees.

“This investment acknowledges the important role live music venues play in discovering, developing and showcasing Queensland talent and creating employment opportunities for musicians, technicians, venue staff and other enterprises within the broader industry."

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