The live music scene in Sydney has no doubt suffered tremendously since the introduction of the lockout laws in January of 2014. A number of venues have been forced to close or ‘re-brand’ as businesses have felt the brunt of a decrease in foot traffic to the CBD.
It comes as refreshing news to hear that the City of Sydney has this week announced a new source of funding for live music venues. The program, titled “supporting a diverse city after dark” will see grants distributed to venuesm enabling improvements to facilities and sound quality, or in order to provide safer spaces for performers, audiences and workers.
The first round of applications for grants are now open, and will see the City of Sydney grant “matched funds” (venue has to chip in the same amount) of up to $30 000 per succesful applicant.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said “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.”
Considering how much of a hit live venues and promoters have taken since in the past few years, it’s good to see the City of Sydney get behind the venues and try and stimulate much needed funds for the culture.