Funding announced for Play Local projects, including three major Gold Coast players

Play Local and Creative to Go will see home-grown performers set to hit stages across the state with over $965,000 in funding as part of the first outcomes from the $22.5 million Arts and Cultural Recovery package.

Play Local funding of $812,635 will assist 52 live music and performing arts venues throughout the state to host performances by Queensland acts and artists. This funding will directly support jobs for almost 1,500 artists and arts workers, and will support the employment of hundreds of venue staff including venue management, technicians and bar staff.

Venues receiving Play Local funding range from bars in Brisbane that showcase original live music by local artists to shire halls and theatres in regional Queensland programming circus and comedy performances. This includes The Zoo, The Triffid, the Old Museum and The Tivoli in Brisbane along with regional venues such as the Kuranda Amphitheatre in Far North Queensland, and councils including Barcoo Regional Council in western Queensland for performances at its shire hall and multi-purpose centre.

Gold Coast venues will receive a share in funding to continue to produce their programs, with Dust Temple and Artemus Events planning to resume with the concert program, plus the Saturday Morning Sounds Singer-songwriter sessions.

HOTA, Home of the Arts has received funding to showcase the works of at least eight artists identify as emerging and six artists who would also be making their HOTA mainstage debut, introducing local audiences and new local talent to each other.

Mo’s Desert Clubhouse will continue with Desert TV, its professional and HD live streaming service, which will see artists filmed live and streamed, alongside pre-recorded filming and streaming.

For a list of all funding recipients go to: Play Local recipients and Creative To Go recipients

IMAGE (C) Peter Wheeler Photography

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