Supporting music venues

As Australia’s only UNESCO City of Music, the City of Adelaide is proud to support existing and new music venues. Find out about the range of initiatives here.

Friday Night Live

A City of Adelaide initiative that will bring city venues and streets alive with live music.

As part of Reignite Adelaide, the City of Adelaide has provided an additional $90,000 to fund venues through the Friday Night Live initiative. Friday Night Live will contribute to the Adelaide Unleashed program to activate and attract visitor back to the City. The 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.

Please note, the provision of these additional funds means that the Friday Night Live program will be extended from the original end date of the 19th of May, until the new end date 19th of August 2022. Find our more here.

Loading Zones for music venues

To provide better access to live music venues across the city for musicians to load-in/load-out, the Council has created City of Music Loading Zones near a number of venues across the city centre and North Adelaide.

You can find full details on the Music Loading Zones page.

Live music promotion

If you’re looking for a place to promote your upcoming live music gigs, we encourage you to list it free with the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW), so it they can be displayed on our What’s On calendar.

The City of Adelaide’s What's On calendar receives an average of over 20,000 monthly pageviews and the weekly e-newsletter has over 12,000 subscribers. It's a popular go-to for many event seekers.

To list, (did we mention it’s free!), simply register with ATDW (as an Event) and then create listings for your upcoming gigs. You can also register as an attraction then create a generic listing about the types of music events you host. This will be distributed across key tourism and event websites (but won't appear on our What’s On calendar).

Funding

The City of Adelaide provides funding for eligible initiatives that support live music in the city.

For more information head to our Grants overview page, funding is available in various funding programs throughout the year. 

Live music venues – case management service

The City of Adelaide has a one-stop-shop service for the provision of live music case management support. 

This service was developed to help live music venues with the incoming changes to planning legislation. Council will assist with amendments to conditions of a development approval at no charge, in line with legislative change. 

Need more information?

If you have any questions about the City of Adelaide’s initiatives to support live music venues, or would like to use their case management service, please contact Project Support Coordinator, Elizabeth Jilbert:

8203 7996