The City of Sydney has approved more than Aus$3m (US$2.2m/£1.6m/€1.9m) in support for projects that can bring a boost following the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This includes live music and cultural performances, pop-up theatre productions, dance festivals, art shows and installations. 

The local authorities have chosen 111 projects across eight grants programs that will help local communities as Sydney emerges from lockdown. The first round of grants have included support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and assistance for creative industry professionals along with a series of other initiatives. 

Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore said: “As we emerge from lockdown and begin our recovery from the pandemic, these projects will foster and celebrate Sydney’s culture and creativity, support the local economy, and encourage sustainability and business growth. 

“We want to help our communities survive and recover from the impacts of the pandemic, but also ensure that we’re creating a better, more resilient city in the process.” 

Other projects that will benefit from the latest round of grant funding include a new live performance space in Redfern, a series of music, food and arts events in Angel Place and a new pop-up comedy and cabaret theatre featuring drag acts and musicians.

There will also be a series of industry-led meetings that will focus on how to get Sydney’s nightlife back on track, an electronic music festival and conference held across a number of venues which will feature established and emerging artists, and a winter jazz festival. 

Grant applications are assessed alongside guidelines with the goal of recovery and creating a sustainable city. The next round of the City of Sydney’s grants and sponsorships programme opens in February 2022. 

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