NSW night-time economy event directory
Although there are existing calendars available to the public, they are often targeted toward discrete demographic or social groups. The Night Events Directory seeks to raise awareness of the diverse range of events, live music venues and activities available at night.
How do I get my night-time event or live music venue listed?
Visit Destination NSW
How do I find out more about events and live music venues?
Create NSW and the Office of Responsible Gambling are committing more than $1.5 million to support the night-time economy.
Music Now: Contemporary Live Music Funding Program
The $1 million Music Now Contemporary Live Music Funding program invests in activities, events or performances that support NSW musicians to present new work and increase participation in live music events across the state.
Funding of up to $40,000 was available for a one-off, series or an annual program of live music events held in NSW.
Examples of funding opportunities could include, but are not limited to:
- a series of public presentation opportunities for independent musicians
- a series of outdoor live music events or a festival
- a program of club nights for emerging hip hop/experimental/electronic musicians.
Applications closed on 14 March 2019, and 161 applications were received requesting funding of $4,8798,732.
The 30 projects in the table below were successful. These projects received a total funding of $1 million and will be completed by December 2020.
|Applicant||Project name||Location||Planned date|
|The Serious Business Group Trust||Yours and Owls All Ages Festival Sideshow||Stuart Park, Wollongong||5 to 6 October 2019|
|Golden Age Cinema & Bar Pty Ltd||Reflections||Surry Hills||31 May to 18 December 2019|
|Bar Whispers Pty Ltd||Rock the Block||Redfern||1 August 2019 to 29 April 2020|
|Spunk Records Pty Ltd||Hometowns - A return to where it all began||Mid-North Coast to South Coast NSW||29 November to 15 December 2019|
|Soft Centre Pty Ltd||Soft Centre 2019||Casula||14 September 2019|
|Miss Kate Stroud||Dusty Attic Music Lounge 2019-20 Music Program||Lismore||1st June 2019 to 31 December 2020|
|Mathew Spisbah & Rainbow Chan||Club 4A | Rui Ho||Haymarket||25 to 26 July 2019|
|Ms Katrina Dopper||Heaps Gay Street Festival||Sydney and Newcastle||18 January to 25 January 2020|
|Mrs Christine Wheeler||Bulgamada: Big Sing Blue Mountains||Blackheath||1 May 2019 to 25 October 2019|
|The Rubens Music Pty Ltd||An outdoor event in Camden, NSW||Camden||9 November 2019|
|One Day Entertainment Pty Ltd||One Day Hip Hop Festival||Marrickville\||23 November 2019|
|Free Broadcast Incorporated||Tracks - artist development and performance in Western Sydney||Western Sydney||1 July 2019 to 30 September 2020|
|Griffith City Council||Light My Fire – Murrumbidgee Youth Live and Original Music Initiative||Griffith||5 May 2019 to 27 December 2020|
|Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services Inc||Wingham Akoostik Music Festival||Wingham NSW||18 to 20 October 2019|
|Mary's Group Australia Pty Ltd||A year long weekly live music event at The Lansdowne||Chippendale||Sunday nights from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2019|
|White Cliffs Music Festival Inc||Headliners and support performers for White Cliffs Music Festival 2020||White Cliffs||15 to 17 May 2020|
|First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation||Blak Markets||Bear Island||1 May 2019 to 20 December 2020|
|Live at the Village Inc||Live at the Village Music Festival Springwood||Springwood||12 December 2019|
|Mr Maxim Skilbeck-Porter||The Union Hotel Showcase Series||Newtown||27 June 2019 to 25th June 2020|
|Peter Wild (for Candelo Small Town Musician Collective)||Small Town Collective||Regional tour of NSW||1 October 2019 to 30 November 2020|
|Mr Richard Petkovic||Community Grooves Winter Music Series - The Western Sydney Sound||Sydney Olympic Park||1 May - 29 September 2019|
|South East Arts (NSW) Inc||Giiyong 2020||Near Eden||1 June 2019 to 31 October 2020|
|Miss Alison Flett||Sydney Mixtape Series at The Newsagency||Camperdown||18 May 2019 to Autumn, 24 August 2019 to Winter, 26 October 2019 to Spring, 18 January 2020 to Summer|
|Campbelltown City Council||Conscious concert - Campbelltown Arts Centre||Campbelltown||23 February 2020|
|City of Parramatta Council||The Area Festival||Parramatta||7 to 8 September 2019|
|Tathra Beachside Pty Ltd||Tathra Beachside Sunday Sessions||Tathra||Every Sunday from 5 May 2019 to 29 December 2040|
|Tomaree Business Chamber Inc||Tastes at the Bay Food Wine & Jazz Festival||Nelson Bay||31 August 2019 to 1 September 2019|
|Trevor Brown (for Sydney Improvisers Composers Kollektiv Orchestra)||Sydney Improvisers Composers Kollektiv Orchestra||Wollongong, Newcastle and Katoomba||1 September 2019 to 1 September 2020|
|Women of the West Music Events||Women of the West music concerts||Bankstown||1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020|
|Commune Newtown Tradings Pty Ltd||Live Music Program at 32 King Street||Newtown||1 January to 20 December 2020|
Visit Create NSW for more information.
Activate Sydney@Night Grants program
The Office of Responsible Gambling has funded 14 one-off, unique ideas that encourage a vibrant night-time economy in key precincts across Greater Sydney.
The projects will offer exciting new opportunities for people to enjoy vibrant nightlife in key centres including Sydney CBD, Parramatta, Liverpool and Newtown.
|Flying Nun by Brand X||Darlinghurst||July–December 2019|
|Mary's Underground||Circular Quay||July 2019–June 2020|
|ParraPickers: Second-time around celebration||Parramatta||July 2019–June 2020|
|Sugar Fest 2019||Pirrama Park, Pyrmont||24–25 August 2019|
|Sydney Fringe Festival
Newtown Precinct Project
|Newtown||1–30 September 2019|
|Flow Festival||Darlinghurst||12 October 2019|
|Liverpool Laneways||Liverpool CBD||September–October 2019|
|Sydney at Night Tours||Newtown and Haymarket/George Street||September–November 2019|
|EMCPLAY||Darlinghurst, Newtown, Redfern, Haymarket||13–17 November 2019|
|Winda festival under the stars||Barangaroo||21–24 November 2019|
|Musica Viva sessions||Liverpool, Parramatta, Darlinghurst, Opera House to Walsh Bay and Pyrmont||2019–2020|
|Art at Night||Parramatta||1–31 March 2020|
|Sydney Guitar Festival||Newtown/Marrickville||August 2020|
|King Street Carnival||Newtown||September 2020|
Grants of up to $100,000 per application were available for projects that will help activate a vibrant, diverse and dynamic night-time economy for the benefit of the local community and visitors.
Visit the Office of Responsible Gambling website for program details.
Liquor Accords Grants program
This funding program supported local Liquor Accords run and promotes innovative and established initiatives to boost public safety and minimise alcohol-related harm.
Grants of up to $15,000 per application were available to support local initiatives that will bring positive improvements to public safety and amenity in and around licensed premises, and in other public and private spaces.
These one-off grants attracted a strong response from communities across NSW and support a range of creative concepts to boost community safety.
Liquor accords bring together licensed venues, councils, police and other government, industry and community groups to deliver practical local solutions for reducing alcohol-related harm.
The successful projects are:
- Gunnedah and District Liquor Accord: $7.400 for late-night transport for licensed venues patrons in the CBD on Friday and Saturday nights.
- Hastings Liquor Accord: $15,000 for an awareness campaign targeted at good decision-making and road safety awareness, and better late-night transport options.
- Inner West Drug Action team, Marrickville: $15,000 for Stay Safe Solutions, an early intervention program to target underage and binge drinking.
- Kiama Liquor Accord: $3,500 for the accord, local council and police to develop and deliver a youth resilience program covering issues such as bullying, alcohol and good decision-making.
- Lake Macquarie Liquor Accord: $15,000to provide a courtesy bus to help patrons of licensed venues get home safely late at night.
- Maitland Liquor Accord: $8,775 to design and implement a peer safety program titled ‘Safe Nights Out - Stop a good night turning feral’.
- Northern Beaches Liquor Accord: $12,950 to develop a program titled ‘Dark Matter – a late night guide for Northern Beaches school leavers’.
- Queanbeyan Liquor Accord: $7,000 to deliver ‘Not a minor problem – Under Age Drinking Sporting Club Talks’ – a series of education programs targeting young people.
- Tweed Heads/Tweed Coast Liquor Accord: $15,000 for the accord to work with high school students on issues associated with serving and supplying alcohol in the hospitality and retail industries.
- Wollondilly Liquor Accord: $2,800 for a community awareness campaign on domestic violence delivered through 21 local licensed venues and 12 bottle shops.
Visit the Office of Responsible Gambling website(external link) for program details.
Financial support for cultural initiatives
Support for arts and culture initiatives across NSW is available through the ClubGrants Category 3 Fund. Over the current term, the NSW Government has allocated $12.5 million to support arts and culture infrastructure through the fund.
How do I apply?
Visit the Office of Responsible Gambling’s website to find out how to apply.
Supporting live music and entertainment venues in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross precincts
In January 2017, the NSW Government commenced a two-year trial of later 2am lockout and 3:30am last drinks times for live entertainment venues in the precincts. As of December 2018, 34 venues had been granted extensions
In May 2018, the NSW Government removed the freeze on liquor licences in the precincts for public entertainment venues focused on live music, arts and culture (while extending it for 12 months for other higher risk premises in the precincts).
As of March 2019, 37 venues have been granted extensions.
Supporting small bars to open and operate
In December 2016, significant changes were implemented to support small bars including:
- maximum patron capacity increased from 60 to 100 persons
- automatic extended trading from midnight to 2am for bars in the CBD and Kings Cross precincts (as per the rest of NSW)
- relaxation on the type of drinks that small bars can serve after midnight.
NSW small bar numbers have more than doubled in the two years since the changes – up to 128 venues by March 2019.
A no-cost option has been opened until 31 August 2019 to allow on-premises and hotel general bars to convert to a small bar licence, which carries lower licence costs and less restrictive conditions.
Review of music-related licence conditions
A free and streamlined review was available for licensees to request the removal or change of outdated or irrelevant licence conditions for live music and entertainment.
Until 28 February 2019, licensees could request a free review of conditions that restrict the styles or types of live music on the premises, types and numbers of performers, specific instruments or performance equipment.
Venues could also request a review of any outright bans on live entertainment on their premises.
This measure aims to support the live music and entertainment industries, and enable venues to update their business models to reflect changing community tastes and engage a wide variety of musicians and live performers.
Applications closed on 28 February 2019.
More information is available on the Liquor and Gaming NSW website