In December 2018, 58% of the action plan has been implemented with an additional 28% of actions in progress and 14% yet to start or being re-scoped.
The latest update shows we have delivered important actions including:
- $18.8 million in cash grants to the live music and performance sector since the action plan’s adoption in 2014. This sustained investment supports live music and performing arts projects and organisations, as well as festivals that provide a platform for live performance
- over $400,000 in rent foregone each year to subsidise spaces for music and performing arts in our accommodation grants program and live/work tenancies
- $850,000 in matched funding to businesses and venues operating in the night-time economy to introduce or improve live entertainment facilities and program events and activities after dark
- continued use of community facilities for free rehearsal spaces for students
- access to affordable recording facilities at Redfern Community Centre
- exhibition of a comprehensive suite of planning and regulatory reforms to reduce barriers impeding live performance, increase opportunities for small scale and temporary activities, introduce a more fair and balanced approach to managing entertainment sound, and help businesses trade later
- yearly business seminars for the live music industry
- funding for all ages events, in partnership with MusicNSW
- research into the value of live music in our local area, which found live music contributed $353 million to the local community in 2016 alone
- our February 2018 submission to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the music and arts economy.