Sydney staged for more live performances

Published: 13 May 2021

Released by: Minister of State, Treasurer

From comedy events and live band nights to roving carnival performers, Sydney is the place for entertainment after the NSW Government announced funding for an additional 10 recipients in Round 2 of the Play the City initiative. 

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the initiative had proven popular since its launch, attracting people back to the city and supporting jobs in the entertainment and hospitality sectors.   

“The Sydney economy is slowly reawakening and this additional funding recognises the important role independent artists and audiences have in reigniting Sydney’s cultural life too,” Mr Perrottet said. 

“This latest list of performances will give people more reason to head to the city, not just for work, but to play – night and day.”    

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said we understand the important role that live gigs play in supporting independent artists and the economy.

“Sydney audiences want more live music and performances on the menu. With over 100 projects now funded through Play the City, calendars are filling up with events,” Mr Harwin said.

“This government is giving local artists the support they need to open up venues and public spaces safely and in a COVID Safe manner across Sydney’s CBD and surrounding inner city suburbs.”

The Play the City (Sydney) funding program is already supporting a program of activities, events and performances to activate the Sydney CBD, from circus artists in Darling Harbour to a World Music collaboration in the Rocks and CBD, and band nights at pubs and clubs. A list of the additional 10 recipients is available to view.

The $363,000 extra funding for Round 2 brings the total support for the Play the City (Sydney) NSW Artists and Musicians Grants to more than $1.86 million. 

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