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24 January 2019

Boosting the night-time economy in Sydney and NSW

Sydney precincts and NSW live-music events will benefit from the NSW Government’s new $1.5 million package of initiatives aimed at stimulating the night-time economy.

Activate Sydney@Night

The Activate Sydney@Night program offers $500,000 in funding for seven Sydney precincts.

Licensed venues, creative arts organisations, local community groups and individuals can apply for funding of ideas that help boost cultural and creative night-time industries and contribute to making Sydney an exciting global city.

Funding is available for new and existing initiatives such as street-fairs, permanent or pop-up venue spaces and coordinated programming of music, arts and entertainment.

The seven precincts (PDF 121.2 KB) are Darlinghurst, Haymarket and George Street, Parramatta, Liverpool, Newtown, Opera House to Walsh Bay and Pyrmont.

Find out more about the Activate Sydney@Night grants program.

Music NOW fund

The Government has also announced it will be support live music across Sydney and NSW through a new one-off $1M Music NOW fund. This fund will boost the presentation of contemporary acts and increase participation in live music events across the State.

By supporting stage performances, festivals and other music events in NSW, the Music NOW fund will contribute to a sustainable music sector and vibrant night-time economy.

Find out more about the Music NOW fund.

Enabling pop-up bars and events

Liquor & Gaming NSW will also trial a new licence for pop-up bars and events that will support the activation or revitalisation of local places and spaces in designated precincts, and help to diversify the social cultural and business offerings in the night-time economy.

Starting in March 2019, the new licence will cater for:

  • pop-up bars that serve 100 patrons or less
  • pop-up events with 300 patrons or less – provided serving alcohol is not the main feature of the event.

The new licence will only apply to pop-up bars and events that operate over a six week period or less.

This new licence will be available in seven precincts, including Darlinghurst, Haymarket and George Street, Parramatta, Liverpool, Newtown, Opera House to Walsh Bay and Pyrmont.

Find out more about how the NSW Government is supporting the nigh-time economy in Sydney and NSW.