The See It LIVE e-vouchers program aims to get performers back on stage in front of audiences, to benefit the hospitality sector, which has done it so tough during the pandemic, and local musicians, who will be engaged by these venues to perform. It forms part of the $10 million See It LIVE package.
In the current round of the program, there are two options for funding:
$400 single e-vouchers
- $2,000 5-pack vouchers
Both voucher options are for payment by reimbursement, with a quick and simple registration and redemption process. These are set amounts. You cannot register for any other value of voucher, only a $400 single voucher or a $2,000 5-pack voucher. You can only register for the amount of the voucher’s value.
Funding through the vouchers is available to support the costs of engaging South Australian musicians who hold current ABNs for live public performances at South Australian-based hospitality and music venues.
Vouchers are available to South Australian-based hospitality and music venues, including pubs, clubs, small bars, restaurants, cafes and other smaller venues. Event promoters and booking agents are not eligible for this program.
As long as you expend any allocated funding and provide the required information to redeem a voucher, you can continue to apply for additional vouchers until the round closes. The round will close at 11:59pm on 16 April 2023, or sooner if all funding has been allocated.
Your choice of options will depend on what works best for your business model, including the amount (volume and frequency) of your live music activity, your artist fees, and your budget.
Both voucher options are a reimbursement payment, and you will be out of pocket until you are eligible to redeem the entire value of the voucher.
A single voucher ($400) is an appropriate option for venues which have a smaller volume or lower frequency of live music activity during the eligible activity period.
The 5-pack voucher ($2,000) is an appropriate option for venues who can afford to expend this amount prior to reimbursement, such as venues which have a large volume or high frequency of live music activity and/or artists who command higher fees.
No, you cannot redeem a voucher until you can provide evidence of expending its entire value.
For instance, if you have a single voucher ($400) and have paid an eligible artist $200 for a performance, you cannot redeem your voucher (and be reimbursed for the payment) until you’ve paid at least another $200 in eligible artist fees.
If you have a 5-pack voucher ($2,000) and have paid eligible artists a total of $1600 over a series of performances, you cannot redeem your voucher (and be reimbursed for the payment) until you’ve paid at least another $400 in eligible artist fees.
Before you choose the 5-pack voucher option, you should consider if you can afford to be out of pocket while you accumulate the full $2,000 in eligible artist payments.
To be eligible in this program, venues must book South Australian musicians who hold a current ABN.
Venues must provide the musician(s) ABN as part of the evidence required to redeem a voucher.
The Department can request a repayment of funding if venues provide false or misleading evidence or use the funding for purposes other than eligible expenses.
Yes, funding in this program can be used for any genre of music, including original music, performing DJs, tribute acts and cover material, as long as the music is performed live in public at the eligible venue, and the performing musician(s) hold a current ABN.
No, funding in this program can only be used in support of South Australian musician performance fees.
The total budget for the program is $2 million.
The program is administered by the Music Development Office (MDO) within the Department for Industry, Innovation and Science (the Department), with support from Nabooki agency.
If you are registering for a voucher, you can redeem it for any eligible live music activity that occurred within the eligible activity period (1 December 2022 – 16 April 2023), regardless of your date of registration.
You can redeem a voucher for reimbursement once the activity has taken place, you have been issued a voucher code, and you can provide proof of eligible musician payment.
No, funding in this program is eligible for public performances only.
Yes, eligible businesses must have a current ABN or ACN.
Yes, only music that is performed by South Australian-based musicians who hold a current ABN is eligible for funding in this program.
Yes, but only musician fees for the South Australian-based musicians are eligible to be funded through the program.
You may consider exploring the online Music SA Artist Directory. Music SA is a not-for-profit (non-government) organisation committed to promoting, supporting and developing contemporary music in South Australia.
No, it can be ticketed or free entry, as long as the performance is made available to the public and is not a private function or party.
No. Funding in this program can be used for regular live music programming.
Yes, but you can only use funding in this program to pay for the South Australian musician fees.
If you play music protected by copyright out loud in a public place for a commercial purpose, you need permission or you need to purchase a music licence. For more information on OneMusic, visit FAQs | OneMusic Australia. If you don’t have a OneMusic licence already, you may still register for a voucher in the meantime, and it is your responsibility to ensure your event complies with all applicable laws and government policies.
Yes, the Department reserves the right to amend these FAQs as required.
Register for a voucher from 18 November 2022 – 16 April 2023
Within this timeframe, venues register their participation in the voucher option. From 1 December, eligible venues will receive a voucher code to redeem during the eligible activity period. Registrations may close sooner than 16 April if all available vouchers are allocated prior to that date. Voucher codes will be delivered within 14 days of registration.
You can register for a voucher at any point during the registration period, as long as you do not have an existing voucher that you haven’t used yet.
Conduct eligible live music activity from 1 December 2022 – 16 April 2023
Within this timeframe, venues conduct the live music performance(s) for which they would like to redeem their voucher, i.e. book the musician, host/present the live performance, pay the musician.
Redeem a voucher from 1 December 2022 – 30 April 2023
Within this timeframe, venues may redeem a voucher to receive reimbursement of $400 towards the cost of the musician fees.
You can redeem a voucher at any point during the redemption period as long as the live music activity has taken place, you have been issued a voucher code, and you can provide evidence of musician payment.
While venues can redeem a voucher up until 30 April 2023, live music activity is only eligible until 16 April. The extra April fortnight of redemption is for administrative purposes to assist with voucher redemptions for activity which occurs in early April.
The eligible activity period is the timeframe for when live music activity must take place. The earliest date this activity could start is 1 December. If you register after this date, you can still redeem your voucher for activity that occurred from 1 December.
The last date for eligible live music activity is 16 April 2023. If you have an unused voucher but haven’t booked any live music by this date, your voucher will expire.
Registrations are ongoing while there is still funding capacity in the program. Once the funding has been fully allocated through vouchers, registrations will close. If funding permits, a venue can register for an e-voucher until 11:59pm on 16 April 2023.
For administrative purposes, voucher redemption codes are issued in batches, not immediately upon registration. You should receive your code within 14 days of your registration date.
To redeem the voucher, simply upload a copy of the invoice/s paid to the musician/s for their performance fee (which occurred during the eligible activity period), to receive reimbursement of the voucher value ($400 single or $2,000 5-pack) towards the total cost. Note, the total of all invoices paid to musicians must match or exceed the value of a voucher ($400 single or $2,000 5-pack).
If your live music activity is complete and you have evidence of payment to the performing musicians, you can redeem your voucher as soon as you receive your voucher code (from 1 December). You can redeem a voucher up until the end of the redemption period (30 April 2023).
Yes, as long as the activity occurs within the eligible activity period (1 December 2022 – 16 April 2023).
From 1 December (the start of the eligible activity period), you do not need to have been issued the voucher code before you conduct your live music activity, but you will be unable to redeem the voucher (i.e. be reimbursed) until you receive the code.
No, all eligible activity must take place by 16 April. The redemption period continues until 30 April for administrative purposes.
The program will close to new registrations from the point at which all available vouchers have been allocated.
In the event that allocated vouchers are not redeemed by the end of the redemption stage (by 30 April 2023), another round may be announced.
You must first complete the eligible live music activity and have proof of payment to musicians for a minimum value of the voucher ($400 single or $2,000 5-pack). This proof of payment information (usually supplied as copies of the artist invoices) is then submitted to redeem your voucher. Payment is made by Nabooki agency as soon as possible after your live music activity information is verified. Generally, this payment will be made within 7 business days, pending the volume of redemptions.
You can use the voucher for separate musician performances in the eligible activity period as long as the total musician fees are equal to or higher than the voucher value ($400 single or $2,000 5-pack) and you provide invoices all together in one redemption.
The South Australian Government supports fair remuneration for artists/musicians employed or engaged to perform. Where possible, we would encourage any business engaging or employing musicians to consider rates benchmarked by arts and entertainment industry organisations, such as the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA). For more information pertaining to appropriate rates of pay for musicians please contact the MEAA or industry peak body Music SA.
You can pay a musician more than the value of the voucher ($400 single or $2,000 5-pack) if you make up the difference through other sources.
For example, if a musician’s performance costs $600, a single voucher can be used to reimburse $400 of their fee. If a series of musician performances costs $2,500, a 5-pack voucher can be used to reimburse $2,000 of this expenditure.
No, but you must submit all invoices together in one redemption. This means you must wait to have proof of the performance / payment of the last musician in your series before you can redeem your voucher for reimbursement.
This is especially important to keep in mind if you select the 5-pack voucher option.