The City of Sydney has revised its Business Support Grants program, to increase funding for live music, performance and night-time diversification. Worth a total of $450,000, the grants will help venues to improve facilities and develop programming.
“We know the lockout laws have had a significant impact on Sydney’s night-time economy, so we are finding practical ways to support local businesses and live music venues,” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore.
“This new grant program provides targeted support to increase the diversity of businesses open in the city at night and help live music venues make the improvements they need to put on more performances.”
There are two grant rounds per year, each offering up to $30,000 in matched funding for projects. These might involve improving sound management, investing in better lighting, enhancing the audience’s experience, improving health and safety, addressing sexual harassment, introducing live music or performance programming and/or expanding existing programming.
Applications are open to all types of organisations, be they for-profit, non-profit, licensed, non-licensed, traditional or non-traditional. Businesses must demonstrate evidence of need, and the capacity to undertake the nominated project within a year of receiving the grant, planning to achieve financially sustainable programming and an understanding of the project’s potential to contribute to the neighbourhood, culturally or economically.
“One of the truly beautiful things about a city is its subcultures,” said Isabella Manfredi, lead singer of The Preatures, a Sydney-based band. “It’s great to see the City of Sydney supporting nightlife in Sydney, and with it the many artistic and musical subcultures that make a city kick serious butt.”
The first grant round is open for applications until 13 November. The City of Sydney will host an information session at 7pm on Wednesday 27 September at Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Sydney. Register to attend this session here.