Supporting musicians

Helping emerging artists while creating a rich and diverse city.

As Australia’s only UNSECO City of Music, the City of Adelaide is proud to support emerging artists and musicians with a range of initiatives.

Support ranges from the practical, such as creating easy-access loading zones at venues across town, and providing opportunities to artists to be heard, to the financial, in the form of funding and grants.

Free rehearsal space

The beautiful Meeting Hall at the iconic Adelaide Town Hall is available for emerging bands to hold free rehearsals from 5.30pm to 8.30pm on Monday evenings, subject to availability. You’ll appreciate the quality acoustics and inbuilt stage that makes it a perfect venue for band rehearsals.

Make a booking:

8203 7590

Live music promotion

If you’re looking for a place to promote your live music gig, we encourage you to list it free with the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW).

The ATDW will then disburse the information to a variety of websites including the City of Adelaide’s What's On calendar, which receives an average of over 20,000 monthly page views 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 gigs/public performances.

Loading Zones for musicians

To provide musicians with better access to live music venues across the city 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.

Music in the Square

Music in the Square is a series of outdoor music events appearing in Adelaide’s city squares during the warmer months.

Music in the Square is delivered by the City of Adelaide in partnership with Music SA to activate the city with music in our spaces and places and provide opportunities for local musicians to showcase their talents.

Interested in playing at Music in the Square? Register as an artist on Music SA’s website to be considered.

Funding

The City of Adelaide provides funding of up to $8,000 per year 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.

Need more information?

If you have any questions about the City of Adelaide’s initiatives to support musicians and artists, please contact Malia Wearn, Case Management Officer (Culture)

8203 7807

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