Boost for Blues Train

The Blues Train's Hugo T Armstrong is excited for the state government his Queenscliff entertainment venue will receive. (Supplied) 244795_01

By Justin Flynn

Queenscliff’s iconic Blues Train will be one of 131 live-music venues to benefit from a state government grant to boost the industry statewide.

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

Since opening in 1994, the Blues Train has taken more than 300,000 guests on a local heritage journey sound-tracked by some of the region’s most talented blues and roots musicians.

New funding will see music return to the tracks. Among new support recipients is Queenscliff Town Hall, which opened as a music venue last year thanks to a partnership between the Queenscliff Music Festival and the Borough of Queenscliff – addressing a lack of venues in an area known for music-loving audiences.

The announcement was made to get artists back on stages, audiences back in venues and help live music make a strong return across the state.

Targeting venues with capacities of 50 to 1200 people, the program provides grants of up to $65,000.

“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,” Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson said.

“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.”

“Queenscliff has such a rich musical background, and this funding will go a long way in showcasing all our talented region has to offer,” Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville said.

For the full list of venues supported through the Live Music Venues Support Program, visit creative.vic.gov.au.