SA-BEST strongly supports South Australia's live music industry and has committed $5 million over the next four years.
Currently, $850,000 is allocated annually from pokies revenue for the live music industry, but there are widespread concerns the fund does not go anywhere near far enough in supporting live music and emerging local talent.
Based on grassroots industry feedback and consultation, the additional $5 million will be spent on a range of initiatives including:
Encouraging emerging bands and live gigs in schools;
Cross-promotion of new bands on social media and music radio stations, and;
Mentoring and training programs for musicians, songwriters and band promoters.
The Live Music Fund will have a formula that requires those venues with little or no live music to contribute the $1.25m a year in extra funding, with bigger, high profit venues paying more.
Below is Lead Singer of 'The Screaming Jets' and 'The Angels', Dave Gleeson, talking about supporting SA's live music industry: