Friday Night Live Incentive Scheme

Funding available up to $4,000

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Thank you for your interest. Applications have now closed - applicants will be notified of results from 29 November 2021.

Introducing Friday Night Live, a new City of Adelaide initiative that will bring city venues and streets alive with live music.

As part of Reignite Adelaide, this program will provide opportunities for musicians to perform at, and partner with businesses, to revitalise and sustain a strong live music presence in the city as we continue to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

Funding available

Funding is available to city and North Adelaide businesses who are not currently hosting live music, or who have reduced the amount of live music programming due to the impacts of COVID-19. 

Priority will be given to those businesses that show a commitment to long term music programming, and a will to evolve Friday Night Live into a long term and sustainable program within their business model.

Matched funds of up to $4,000 (ex GST) will be offered.

Friday Night Live is jointly funded by the City of Adelaide and the State Government of South Australia.

Government of South Australia

Information session

You can watch our information session webinar or download the presentation PDF to learn more information about the Friday Night Live Incentive Scheme opportunities.

Before applying, please read through the program guidelines:



Important Dates

Applications open3 November 2021
Applications close5 pm, 18 November 2021
Assessment19 to 26 November 2021
Notification of resultsFrom 29 November 2021
Project datesFriday nights inclusive of 3 December 2021 to 20 May 2022
Acquittal due5 pm, 30 June 2022

How to apply

Applications can be submitted online through the SmartyGrants portal.

Before applying, potential applicants are encouraged to:

  1. Read the program guidelines (Word / PDF Version)
  2. Discuss their application with Elizabeth Jilbert, Projects Support Coordinator:

[email protected]

(08) 8203 7996

Frequently Asked Questions

We are seeking applications from Adelaide City (5000) or North Adelaide (5006) businesses who are not currently hosting live music, or who have reduced the amount of live music programming due to the impacts of COVID-19. 

If your business is already programming live music on Friday nights we would like to see a commitment within your application to extend your Friday night live music offering, or extend your live music programming to an additional time or night in addition to Friday nights.

City businesses are encouraged to host musicians in-house (inside the venue or on street) on Friday nights. 

New music events or activities such as acoustic musicians, bands, pub choirs, or a regular dinner night for a particular niche or genre of music i.e. pasta and crooners are examples of the eligible activity.

Funding can be provided for:

  • Artist / musician fees - the Friday Night Live Incentive Scheme requires that all artists and musicians involved in the supported music programs be paid for their time. The minimum rates of pay for musicians set out by the Live Performance Award 2010 can be found here.
  • Purchase of sound or lighting equipment to facilitate live music performances at your venue
  • Dedicated sound and lighting technician costs if required

Matched funds of up to $4,000 (ex GST) will be offered. 

Applicants are required to demonstrate matched funding or in-kind support of the requested amount. This can be indicated in the budget template. 

Examples of matched funding include funds intended for payment of staff, purchase of music/event related equipment, continuation of the event/performances beyond the City of Adelaide seed funding.