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Newcastle’s live music scene to benefit from bumper events calendar

City of Newcastle is continuing its support for the live music industry with a further $20,000 injection to encourage gigs during an upcoming bumper event month of April.

The second instalment of Live Music Grants follows the success of earlier this year, where incentives of up to $500 per event were provided to venues for hosting acts during the New Annual festival.

City of Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said after a successful initial program, the convergence of multiple events in April was the perfect time to bring music back to the city.

“We’re committed to creating a vibrant city and supporting our cultural sector,” she explained.

“And, we know live music is key to achieving these goals.

“During New Annual, there were more than 40 live music events at 16 venues across Newcastle because of our Live Music Grants, giving a much-needed boost to our home-grown talent and the hospitality ecosystem needed to nurture the future Trophy Eyes, Muzzy Pep, Silverchair, Screaming Jets, Amy Vee, Raave Tapes, and Gooch Palms.

“Live Music Grants is one of the many City of Newcastle initiatives providing support and promotion of the city’s unique creative scene as part of our commitment to delivering the Live Music Strategy.

“Live music events funded by the second-round of the program will take place between 6 and 20 April to coincide with other significant events across the city, including the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup World Tour surfing, Sailfest Regatta, Women’s Rugby 7s, New Run and Newcastle Food Month.”

Newcastle councillor Carol Duncan said April was shaping up to be an exciting month.

“With an influx of visitors set to flock to Newcastle over April, we’re activating the city by helping local venues to host a wide range of music,” she explained.

“A vibrant live music scene is vital to ensuring Newcastle continues to develop its bustling arts and culture scene, and provide a lively, diverse and safe night-time economy to benefit the entire community.

“April is going to be an exciting month for the city and we look forward to welcoming new and returning visitors to experience the Newcastle difference.”

Live Music Grants applications are now open and close on 22 March.

Visit City of Newcastle’s Grants and Sponsorship’s webpage for more information.

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