Live music and performance

Live music and performance

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To support live music and performance in Sydney we provide a range of programs and services. Guided by our live music and performance action plan, we run industry development programs, provide funding, undertake research, advocate on behalf of industry and much more.

Follow the links below to find out more about our programs and support services for live music and performance. 

Support for musicians and performers


Use our low-cost digital sound recording facility in Redfern. We also offer exciting courses in music and sound production for free.

Rehearsal space for students and school groups

We have a bunch of rehearsal spaces across the City of Sydney local area that are free to use for students and school groups.


Busking is an important part of Sydney's public life. Find out more about how to busk in the City of Sydney local area.

Creative space

Our properties suited to artists and creative workers are available from short to long terms, include combined live/work spaces with rent assistance available.

Support for venue owners and promoters

Funding for music venues

Up to $30,000 matched funding is available for eligible music and performance venues. Our new live music and performance grant provides support for capital investments to introduce or improve live music and performance programming.

Funding for music projects, events and festivals

Cultural and creative grants include reduced or free rental for facilities and street banners, one-off quick response grants and special event sponsorships.

Funding for all-ages gigs

MusicNSW and the City of Sydney are thrilled to present a new grants program for all ages events in Sydney. The All Ages Access grants will provide funding to cover artist fees, production and promotion costs for events in inner Sydney to encourage more all age shows.

Request planning and regulation guidance

We provide proactive case management for live music and performance planning applications and guidance to industry facing other regulatory challenges.

Permits for outdoor events

Find out how to put on an event in one of our parks or public spaces.

Support for the industry

Live music and performance action plan

Developed in partnership with the industry, our live music and performance action plan guides all of our work to support the industry.

Promote your event or venue, free!

What’s On is one of Sydney’s most trusted events platforms, with more than 2 million visits a year and over 37,000 subscribers to the weekly e-newsletter.

Industry seminars held by the City

Bringing in the music

Learn how easy it is to transform your business into a thriving live music hub. Learn more from the Live Music Office, Young Henrys and Riversdale Group.

The essentials of live music

Learn how to start a live music venue or transform your business into a live music hot spot. Hear from City staff and representatives of Brighton Up Bar, MusicNSW, Live Music Office, The Basement and state government agencies.

Industry research

Cultural research studies

We routinely undertake research to support policy development and improve our understanding of the cultural sector, as part of our live music and performance action plan and Creative City cultural policy and action plan.

Last updated: Tuesday, 27 February 2018