Live music booking and management platform Muso has postponed the launch of its live music initiative Rise of the Pub Gig due to the Omicron outbreak.

Rise of the Pub Gig was devised by the startup to help establish new live music offerings across the country.

Late last year Muso put the call out to venue managers and artists to get involved in the initiative which will take the form of a national tour featuring 500 shows at Australian pubs.

By funding five gigs in 100 venues, the tour aims to give venues the kick-start they need to host ongoing live music, which would in turn increase income for musicians and offer more gig experiences for punters. 

The event was scheduled for February, but the Muso team says it is now looking at dates “in the near future to kick off the campaign and celebrate the return of live music across Australia”. 

The tour is supported by Creative Victoria, The City of Sydney and the Australian Government’s RISE Fund – a national investment in the reactivation of Australia’s arts and entertainment sector.

All 100 venues will receive funding for their five gigs, which covers the cost of artist fees, social media promotion, and these venues will also be given free access to Muso and their team.

The Muso platform has evolved to become a technology link between venues and artists, enabling both to book and manage gigs, including artist discovery, rostering, scheduling and payments.

Venue owners and artists can stay up to date on the tour on the Muso website.  

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