2018-02-21 18:09

Sydney invests $360,000 in live music venues, programs and the night time economy

Sydney’s nightlife will get a major boost with the City of Sydney awarding more than $360,000 in funding for live music venues and small businesses that program entertainment and creative activities after-dark.  

Sydney’s new Live Music and Performance Business Support Grants provide dollar-for-dollar matched funding to live entertainment venues to upgrade their staging, lighting and sound equipment, to purchase backline instruments, and to install acoustic treatments to improve in-venue sound quality and reduce sound transfer to neighbouring properties.

Funding is also available for businesses who do not currently offer live programs to invest in the infrastructure and equipment required to introduce live music and entertainment to their premises.

The first round of funding has invested almost $175,000 in the quality and sustainability of local venues. 

A second grant, the Night Time Diversification Grant, invests in creative programs after dark to encourage increased footfall and lively commercial and entertainment precincts across the city at night. The first round of grants has committed over $140,000 to live music and cabaret programs.

These grants will help venues to take risks with their programming and to support local acts by sharing the costs of booking local and emerging talent.

 Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the funding would help make Sydney more diverse after dark.

 “This new late-night grant program is part of our dedicated support for a thriving night-time economy. We want to do everything we can to encourage businesses to provide more diverse night-time activities.

“These grants will help venues across the city introduce new night-time performances and fund important infrastructure upgrades to enable and improve live music for artists and audiences alike.“

Venues that will benefit from the matched grant funding include:

The next round of grants is now open and applications close on March 12, a further $225,000 is up for grabs.

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