July 25, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

With Victorian politicians often claiming their state is Australia’s events capital, the Victorian government is supporting this claim with $8 million of new funding announced for music festivals and another round of applications open for multicultural festival grants.

On Friday the Victorian government announced it will lend a financial hand to established large-scale music events and festivals, with grants of between $250,000 and $1 million per event available for events with more 3,000 attendees.

Grant recipients must have a track record of delivering previous music festivals or live music events and applicants are encouraged to deliver more inclusive events for those who are deaf or have a disability. Events nominated for funding must have a sound revenue model and those with the greatest impact – economic, for the live music sector and a wider societal impact – will be looked upon favourably.

Applications are open now until August 18 for events to be delivered from December 2022 onwards. Successful applicants should expect to be notified before November 2022.

“Music festivals are a vital part of Victoria’s famous live music scene and this investment provides essential funding for organisers to continue delivering world-class events,” said Victoria’s Minister for Creative Industries, Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Steve Dimopoulos.

“We’re supporting the businesses that deliver the experiences Victorians love, while creating jobs and economic benefits that extend right across the state.”

The funding has also been given the tick of approval from the Australian Festivals Association.

“We welcome these grants at a time when businesses are facing rising costs and staff shortages,” said Australian Festivals Association managing director, Julia Robinson.

“After over two years of disruptions, this much-needed support will ensure summer sees the return of Victoria’s favourite festivals.”

Meanwhile, a new round of funding for multicultural festivals in Victoria is also open, with grants of up to $50,000 per event available for events held in the first half of 2023.

Funding recipients must be not-for-profit organisations or social enterprises and funded events must be free to attend. Events can be either face to face or digital and those from new or emerging communities will be prioritised.

“Victoria is so rich with cultural heritage and traditions – there is a great opportunity to strengthen our social connections and rebuild from the impacts of the pandemic through these community-led events,” said Victoria’s Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence.

Applications for the current funding round close on August 17.

See more on music festival funding here and multicultural event funding here.