Auckland City of Music, in association with Auckland Council, have announced a new Music In Venues Fund – a contestable fund of 23 x $5000 grants for the provision of music events in and around the region’s grassroots music venues.
Recognising the vital role of venues in the music ecosystem the $115,000 funding is intended to kickstart the welcoming back of audiences and contribute to boosting gig attendance in 2022.
Councillor Alf Filipaina, chair of Auckland Council’s Parks Arts Community and Events Committee says that the Music in Venues Fund is another way that council is supporting Auckland’s music sector.
“Our music venues are the R&D labs of the music industry,” says Auckland City of Music Director, Mark Roach. “It’s not an understatement to say that without music venues, we simply would not have a music industry. More than that, the venues serve as vital community hubs – places where we come together to celebrate, socialise and connect. Our collective experiences of music in these venues stay with us throughout our lives, and are woven into the city’s musical DNA.”
The fund, which will be delivered over two tranches, is designed to support the region’s small-to-medium-sized, dedicated music venues that have a track record of hosting original, local performers.
Applications for the first tranche of 10 grants will open on May 16, closing on May 27. Applications for the remaining 13 grants will open on June 6 and close on June 27.
Full details of the Music in Venues Fund including criteria can be found on the Auckland City of Music website.