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Story Published Monday 11 September 2023

Continuing the kaupapa to help grow a thriving music community, BIG FAN have announced their latest programme BIG FAN LIVE, a programme designed to break down the traditional financial and access barriers when putting on a live show.

Applications open today and close Sunday 17th September at 10PM.

For successful applicants interested in staging an original live music show, BIG FAN LIVE will provide the music venue and cover associated costs* (production, backline, and related staffing), free of charge, with all ticket sales going directly to the acts/event organisers - affording the recipients a chance to make a profit via ticket sales. Applications for the first round of dates will open this coming Monday 11th September.

“We know that it can be hard to find available venues to play at, and it’s not always possible to take the risk and pay for everything. BIG FAN LIVE is going to take that worry away so that people can focus on putting on a great show, growing their audience and honing their live skills” says music producer, and founder of BIG FAN, Joel Little.

The devoted and experienced team at BIG FAN will also support the successful applicants with advice and guidance throughout the process, including but not limited to, budgets, lineup curation, marketing, and promotion.

With 18 opportunities from now through to October 2024, BIG FAN LIVE aims to encourage and support creatives looking to grow their live audience in Tāmaki Makaurau.

The first round (opening on Monday 11th September) will see the first three dates for 2024 on offer. Musicians are encouraged to apply with their preferred dates.

Show 1: Saturday 21 October 2023

Show 2: Thursday 23 November 2023

Show 3: Saturday 16 December 2023

Applications for the first round will open on Monday 11 September 10am via the BIG FAN website and close on Sunday 17 September at 10pm.

No prior experience is necessary, but successful applicants will need to demonstrate the need for this assistance and what their dream outcome will be. All shows must be open to the public, with ticket prices not exceeding $20.

Funded in part by the Ministry of Culture & Heritage, BIG FAN LIVE is intended for Aotearoa citizens and residents, open to all ages, and applications from outside Tāmaki Makaurau are strongly encouraged.

A purpose-built music hub, offering state-of-the-art recording studios and a licensed all-ages live venue all under the one roof, BIG FAN is dedicated to helping people fulfil their ambitions through music and created to cater to everyone.

Full Information regarding BIG FAN, how to apply and FAQ’s can be found online here

*Note: full details of what is covered and exclusions can be found here