Victoria’s world-famous live music venues have received a boost from the Andrews Labor Government to get artists back on stages, audiences back in venues and help live music make a strong return across the state.

Today, Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas, visited the Macedon Railway Hotel who has received a grant through the Victorian Live Music Venue Support Program. The Palais Hepburn also received funding under the program.

Last week, Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson visited Queenscliff’s iconic Blues Train to announce grants to 131 venues, including the music-fuelled train, through the Victorian Live Music Venue Support Program.

Targeting venues with capacities of 50 to 1,200 people, the program provides grants of up to $65,000. This investment recognises the critical role music venues play in the state’s live music scene, not just setting the stage for memorable gigs but providing a vital platform for artists and employment for industry workers.

With dedicated funding for programming live gigs, the initiative is getting musicians back where they flourish – on the iconic stages across the state that showcase why Victoria is the live music capital of Australia.

Since the start of the pandemic the Labor Government has provided more than $80 million in dedicated support for the music sector, including earlier tranches of the Live Music Venue Support Program.

The Victorian Budget 2022/23 continues this commitment with an additional $2.9 million to establish and strengthen regional touring circuits for live music and expand revenue streams for local artists.

In further support for live music, the Government is also offering music fans a 25 per cent rebate for ticket purchases over $40 through the Victorian Entertainment Program.

For the full list of venues supported through the Live Music Venues Support Program, visit

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas

Congratulations to the Macedon Railway Hotel and The Palais Hepburn.  The community can look forward to more live music, close to home.”

“ Our local music venues have done it tough throughout the past two years, the Andrews Labor Government is dedicated to get our venues back on track so everyone can enjoy what our local venues have to offer”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson

“It’s a well known fact that Victoria is Australia’s live music capital, this latest funding will ensure our live music industry can offer the best experiences and continue to attract visitors from across Australia and the world.”  

“From blues trains to bandrooms, halls to hotels, these venues mean that artists can get in front of audiences and punters can enjoy incredible live performances right across our state.”