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 to expand their programming and encourage night-time trading. One of the most inspired concepts about City of Sydney’s live music and performance grants is the fact you don’t have to be a live venue – or even a business that hosts live music– to apply.
The first round of the City’s new business support grants program will give eighteen local businesses, matched grants to launch new night-time activities or upgrade their acoustics, staging and equipment. Projects funded in this round will start from April and must be completed over the next twelve months.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said “the funding would help make Sydney more diverse after dark.”
“No one wants a city that’s unsafe and we don’t want one that shuts after dark either,” the Lord Mayor said.
“This new late-night grant program is part of our program of 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, talks and film screenings, and fund important infrastructure upgrades to enable and improve live music for artists and audiences alike.”
“We know the NSW Government’s lockout laws have had a significant impact on Sydney’s night-time economy, so we are finding practical ways to help local businesses and live music venues get back on their feet.”
Projects that will benefit from the matched grant funding include:
- New staging and audio equipment to allow the return of live jazz and acoustic performances at The Roosevelt in Kings Cross
- Regular live music and performance nights featuring local artists at The Imperial Hotel in Erskineville.
- Upgrades to the mixing equipment, speakers and PA systems at the Oxford Art Factory in Darlinghurst
- Upgrades to audio equipment and in-house musical instruments at Hudson Ballroom in the city centre
- Acoustic upgrades at the Knox Street Bar and Freda’s in Chippendale and Staves Brewery in Glebe
- A monthly program of music trivia, slam poetry and live music in the foyer of the City Recital Hall in the city centre
- An after-midnight live music and dining program at Foundry 616 in Ultimo
- Small-scale cabaret performances between theatre seasons at the Eternity Playhouse in Darlinghurst
The City’s grants program offers matched grant funding up to $30,000 across two streams – night-time diversification and live music and performance.
Funding is available for both non-profit and for-profit organisations, as well as retailers and non-licensed and other non-traditional premises who want to introduce such activities.
The inaugural round of applications was open from September to November 2017.
The next round of the program is open until 12 March, and more information can be found at the City of Sydney’s website.