Supporting local australian music

Australian music was put on the map thanks to pub rock, it saw the birth of megastars like INXS, AC/DC, Midnight Oil and many more. But something has changed over the years, the local pub no longer showcases new original music, instead it has become a hub for background music for dinner and drinks. We love and support a good cover gig, but original music is the lifeblood of any music scene and we want to bring it back. We want to bring back the pub gig.

After the devastating impacts of COVID-19 and the decline of the local band room in the last decade, Muso is on a mission to see local live music return across Australia starting in its rightful home — the pub.

To kick start this return, Muso is launching The Rise of the Pub Gig. A 100 venue nation-wide investment in local venues to get local original music back up and pumping. Together with the help of the RISE Fund (Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand), Creative Victoria & The City of Sydney, we are funding 100 venues to host 5 original gigs in a huge nation-wide campaign.

The Rise of the Pug Gig is a 500 show effort across Australia that gives:

Artist’s new opportunities to gig in local venues

Venues the opportunity to kick-start ongoing and sustainable live music offerings

And importantly, Aussies the chance to connect with their community with live music


100 venues will be selected to host 5 original gigs.
All gigs will completely funded by Muso, including a marketing and venue collateral budget. All gigs will be promoted via a national marketing campaign drumming up support for the pub gig.
Venues will be required to create a Muso account and will receive a training session before being aided to find the perfect musicians for their venue.

If you are a venue operator who wants to host original live music in their venue then enter below.

Applications for Rise of the Pub Gig will open on 17/11/21 and close on 25/5/22

Click here to sign up as a venue

Simply describe to us in 150 words or less why you want to bring local live music to your venue and what you'll do with the gigs.

Click here to sign up as an artist

All you need to do is sign up to Muso and create a profile!