More music venues at risk as insurance cost hikes continue

Escalating insurance cost pressures are pushing the independent live music scene to a new tipping point.
live music: a male musician playing the drums in darkened bright blue light on a small stage.

If you had walked into the small bar and music venue Pride of our Footscray in Melbourne a few years ago, you would have seen a live music hotspot on the rise.

Pride was a fast-growing new venue with a reputation for exciting Australian live music acts and quality cabaret on most nights of the week.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).