The City of Sydney has announced new grants to support live music in businesses

Tuesday, 03 Feb 2015

The City of Sydney has reworked their cultural grants program to better support the live music sector. This is a direct result of the City of Sydney Live Music & Performance Taskforce. Previously, grants were designed to support not-for-profit community projects. Now, for-profit music customers, such as hotels, cafes, pubs and clubs can also apply as can individual artists wanting to host their own live music in unique ways. See below more more information and make sure you check out the City of Sydney website

Business Improvement Grants

The business improvement grant program provides targeted support to improve precinct amenity and stimulate business activity. This grant provides matched funds for business operators or property owners to undertake visual improvements to their shopfronts and facades, or undertake acoustic audits for the purpose of live music programming.

Expected program outcomes

Projects can contribute to one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Improved, lively and attractive commercial precinct streetscapes.
  • Increased footfall and patronage for retail outlets.
  • Increased numbers of venues hosting live music and performance.

Funding available

  • Shopfront improvement: Matched grant up to $10,000 for applications from priority precincts.
  • Acoustic audits: Matched grant up to $5,000 for costs associated with acoustic audits to support venues seeking to offer live music and performance programming.

Shopfront improvement location eligibility

Identified commercial precincts from 1 January 2015 until 31 December 2016 include:

  • Kings Cross - Darlinghurst Road and Macleay Street from Burton Street to Greenknowe Street
  • Kings Cross - Bayswater Road from Darlinghurst Road to Ward Avenue
  • Kings Cross - Victoria Street from Burton Street to Darlinghurst Road.

Key dates

Applications can be submitted on an ad hoc basis throughout the financial year.

  • Applications should be submitted online at least 12 weeks prior to the activity taking place.
  • The activity should take place within 12 months of the approval date.


For more information about this program or how to apply, please contact The City of Sydney Grants Team 02 9265 9333

Cultural and creative grants

The cultural and creative grants and sponsorship program supports projects and initiatives that provide opportunities for creative participation, enhance creativity in the public domain and strengthen the sustainability and capacity of the City’s cultural and creative industries. 

Please see grants and sponsorship guidelines for expected program outcomes, assessment criteria, and eligibility.

Funding available

  • Generally funding is available in amounts over $5,000 and up to $50,000. 
  • Annual project funding or multi-year project (funding up to 3 years).
  • Grantees may be required to provide sponsorship benefits back to the City of Sydney community in return for funding. These benefits will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis and can be up to the value of their funding provided. 

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How to apply

The cultural and creative grants and sponsorship program is currently accepting online applications. For eligibility, criteria and program information, download the policy and guidelines below.


For more information about this program or how to apply, please contact the City of Sydney Grants Team 02 9265 9333

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