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$85 Million to Support Performing Arts and Live Music

The NSW performing arts and live music sector will be further supported with $85 million in NSW Government funding to provide artists and performers with increased confidence to take their place on centre stage and help kick-start the State’s economy.

Member for Oatley, Mark Coure, strongly encouraged local organisations to apply for funding and outlined the economic and social benefits of this package.

“Our local community is eager and excited to see live music and entertainment returning across the State and this is yet another critical investment by the NSW Government to ensure that performers can return to the stage as restrictions ease,” Mr Coure said.

“This investment is supporting local artists and organisations while generating increased economic activity and providing social opportunities for us all to reconnect.”

Minister for the Arts, Ben Franklin, said the $85 million package included an extension for the Performing Arts Relaunch package and a grant to music charitable organisation, Support Act, to assist individual performing artists.

“As we continue to work through this current phase of the pandemic, the $80 million extension of the Performing Arts Relaunch package will support our wonderful performing arts and live music sector to continue to confidently return to the stage and deliver the vibrant, diverse and inspiring works we have missed so much,” Minister Franklin said.

“The additional $5 million grant that we are providing to Support Act as part of this package will help to bridge the gap for assistance for those not eligible under other Government funds and ensure our State’s artists are not left behind as a result of disruptions caused by the pandemic.”

“The arts are crucial to helping communities across NSW heal, unite and inspire as well as being essential to our State’s economic recovery.”

This $85 million package is on top of $125 million in funding announced in 2021 to support the performing arts and live music sector.

Applications for the Performing Arts Relaunch package are open to eligible NSW venues, promoters and producers to relaunch performing arts activities.

For more information, including guidelines and how to apply for funding, please visit the Create NSW website at