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30 April, 2021

More live music coming to Cairns

The Federal Government is reactivating live music with Cairns’ Elixir Music Bar securing funding under round two of the Live Music Australia Program.

Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the funding will provide critical support for local live music venue and support local communities and economies to re-emerge from the pandemic.

“I am pleased to announce that Elixir Bar has received $38,300 through round two of the Live Music Australia Program,” Mr Entsch said.

“This critical funding will build the capacity of the venue to professionally present live music and further highlight diverse Australian talent genres.”

Federal Arts Minister Paul Fletcher said the grants would support the immediate needs of the Australian live music industry.

“The Australian music industry is facing particular pressures in light of the severe impacts of COVID-19,” Mr Fletcher said.

“That is why we are pleased to continue to support local venues to increase performance opportunities and showcase Australian talent.

“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.”

The Morrison Government in August 2020 announced the Live Music Australia program which will deliver funding of $5 million annually over four years.

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: or

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