Supporting music venues

City of Adelaide recognises the important role that creativity and culture can play in the wellbeing of the community. In support of the creative sector and our city communities we are progressing the Live Music Incentive Schemes. We will be pleased to still receive enquiries and applications and to be flexible in the assessment process around delivery timeframe, dependent on official advice at that time.

For all Local Buzz and Live Music Backline Incentive enquiries please contact Case Management Officer Malia Wearn:

8203 7807

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.

Live Music Backline Incentive Scheme - Closed

The Live Music Backline Incentive Scheme is a new pilot initiative which offers a matched-contribution (this can be in-kind, such as storage, sound technician, venue management, marketing) of up to $3,000 to existing small-medium city based live music venues (maximum 600-person capacity) to purchase, store and maintain quality backline (bulky music equipment; such as drum-kits, guitar and bass amps) for the free use by musicians performing at the venue.

Who can apply?

Applications will be considered from small-medium city based live music venues. The business will be willing to match the contribution requested from the City of Adelaide and have the capacity to store and maintain backline as well as promote the initiative to local musicians.

Applicants must read the Guidelines Live Music Backline Incentive Scheme 2020 prior to applying.

Local Buzz – bringing the buzz to local businesses

Local Buzz is a new initiative of the City of Adelaide, which offers matched seed funding from $500 up to $3,000, and/or along with free business support advice, to city businesses who trial and program more live music. There is a focus on audience development and creating a city with a ‘local buzz’ of live music around every corner.

If you are a City business who is currently not hosting live music, but who wishes to start up a live music program, we want to hear from you!

Who can apply?

Applications will be considered from city businesses who are currently not holding any live music, even if you’re not a ‘traditional’ music venue. Businesses located on main-streets, and in high pedestrian traffic areas will be highly regarded.

The business must be willing to match funding, and strives to maintain the music program past the City of Adelaide initial funding.

Applicants must read the Local Buzz Guidelines prior to applying.

Are you buzzing with excitement? Complete the Application form and submit it today. 

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).


The City of Adelaide provides funding of up to $8,000 in grants for eligible initiatives that support live music in the city.

These include areas such as:

• Artistic Development

• Live Music Enterprise

• Cultural Promotion

• Community Programs and Events

• Quick Response Grants

Some grants are only open for applications at certain times of the year and eligibility criteria applies. Find out more on the Arts and Cultural grants page

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 Case Management Officer, Malia Wearn:

8203 7807