Concert halls and artists strike the note
The Palaszczuk government is providing $ 1.3 million in funding to 21 concert halls across Queensland, providing a significant boost to the sector following the impacts of the pandemic.
Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch announced new funding for the live music industry tonight at the annual Queensland Music Awards.
“We recognize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts and culture sector and on indoor concert halls,” said Minister Enoch.
“This is why we are committed to supporting the industry with funding of $ 22.5 million as part of the arts and culture revival program.
“As part of this initiative, the Live Music Support Program is providing an additional $ 1.3 million to 21 concert halls in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and Gold Coast. This new investment program is in addition to the funding we have provided to artists, venues and musical tours, and is specifically aimed at strengthening the sustainability of Queensland concert halls. “
“The arts are essential to the achievement of our economic stimulus package, contributing $ 8.5 billion each year to the state’s economy and supporting over 92,000 jobs in Queensland,” said Minister Enoch .
“Under the Live Music Support Program, large venues were able to apply for up to $ 80,000 in funding, and small venues up to $ 60,000, to help offset revenue losses and stabilize their operations. “
Melissa O’Bryan, Solbar’s Entertainment Manager in Maroochydore, said: “Over the past 14 months we’ve been looking for new opportunities for the artists, for our team and for the music community.”
“This funding means we can continue to build on these ideas. We have the support to confidently keep our doors open and to further explore future opportunities for the Sunshine Coast creative community. “
The Minister made the funding announcement at the Queensland Music Awards tonight.
“The government has worked closely with the live music industry directly and through QMusic, as Queensland’s leading body for the industry, to best help the industry recover and the Queensland Music Awards of tonight recognize the importance of a vibrant live music industry, ”she said.
Attending the awards show to present the $ 10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship with Lynn Thorpe, wife of late Queensland rocker Billy Thorpe, Minister Enoch said government support would provide a local artist with a recording grant and support for career planning through the scholarship.
“Kudos to Gold Coast based Beckah Amani, 2021 Billy Thorpe Fellow who wowed the judges with her incredible voice, mature writing and who in this very competitive category stood out as a young artist with a great project plan, ”Ms. Enoch mentioned.
“The jury was fascinated by her incredible story and believe this funding will provide a huge boost to Beckah and her career over the next 12 months.
“The Queensland Music Awards are an important celebration of the breadth of talent within Queensland’s vibrant and diverse contemporary music industry, recognizing our exciting emerging artists and recognizing the industry’s outstanding achievements,” said Ms. Enoch.
2020 winner Harry Phillips said: “Winning the Billy Thorpe Scholarship has allowed me to work with amazing producers and people I would never have had access to normally.
“The advice I received from Chugg Entertainment has been extremely informative and has helped me clearly define my own path to success in the music industry,” said Harry.
“Overall, the scholarship has helped me energize this stage of my career and gave me the resources to produce the best music I’ve ever made.”