Local council offers live music industry much-needed safety net

Please Don’t Stop the Music and Locals Playing Locals are part of the City of Port Phillip’s scheme to keep its local music industry alive.

There is no doubt that lockdown will be a different kind of hell without music and entertainment, but the industry has been one of the hardest hit by COVID-19. The Port Phillip Council is offering support through funding programs that aim to keep the live music industry afloat.

The initiative is a heart-warming example of what it means to pay it forward, funded by savings of $1.7 million from the cancelled 2021 St Kilda Festival

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Celina Lei is an Arts Writer at ArtsHub. She acquired her masters in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Prior to joining ArtsHub, she was an editorial assistant at the Hong Kong based ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is an art host on independent Instagram platform Club Ambroise. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne, Victoria. Instagram: @lleizy_