A popular Toowoomba live music venue has been given a $32,000 lifeline thanks to a State Government grant.
Toowoomba Met owner Kosta Theodosis admits it’s been a rocky 18 months since he and his wife purchased the venue in October 2019.
The couple opened the Met just two weeks before Queensland’s first lockdown in 2020.
“Couldn't have been worse timing,” Mr Theodosis says.
But now, the State Government is investing nearly $11 million for the live music sector including funding to 37 venues as part of its Live Music Support Program.
Mr Theodosis says the support is much needed across the live music industry.
“It's massive for us. The music industry has been so hard hit and live music is obviously our focus at the Met,” he says.
“We still have so many cancellations, postponements and rescheduling of gigs.
“We're far from out of the woods.”
Mr Theodosis says the money will be used to bolster insurance, artist fees, and sound and lighting equipment.
“We try to support artists and pay them as much as we can,” he says.
“Thanks to the grant we've been able to keep going and so helpful to our success.”
Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch says this investment acknowledges the important role live music venues play in discovering, developing and showcasing Queensland talent and creating employment opportunities for musicians, technicians, venue staff and other enterprises within the broader industry.
“Our Government recently amped up investment in our live music industry, with funding of $7 million in the 2021-22 budget,” she says.
“Live music venues were quickly able to access this support through Round 2 of the Live Music Support program, off-setting venue costs, and supporting programming and artist fees.”
For more information, go to: www.arts.qld.gov.au
Images: The Met