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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Venues Unlocked Program helping NSW live performance venues to get their groove back


Information sessions November 2023. Live performance venues across our cities and regions can now access funding and support for industry best-practice sound management, and to build the capacity for live performance, delivered by Sound NSW and the Office of the 24-Hour Economy Commissioner.

The Venues Unlocked program will generate greater vibrancy in communities, with two streams of funding and support: for live music venues to effectively mitigate and manage sound, and hospitality businesses, such as cafes, bars, breweries and restaurants, looking to diversify and convert to live performance venues.

Stream 1: Soundproofing Grants for Live Music Venues delivered by Sound NSW offers eligible venues up to $100,000 to upgrade their premise’s sound management infrastructure and equipment.

Learn more at one of the online information sessions:

  • Tuesday 21 November 2023 at 10amRegister
  • Tuesday 28 November 2023 at 11amRegister
  • Wednesday 29 November 2023 at 11amRegister

Stream 2: The Live Performance Venues Program delivered by the Office of the 24-Hour Economy Commissioner, offers eligible hospitality businesses access to specialist workshops through the Live Performance Venue Accelerator to build skills in programming, marketing and technical equipment training. The second stage – Live Performance Venue Grant Program – will be offered in February 2024 to help hospitality business with equipment, programming and marketing support. Register for Live Performance Venues Program Information sessions

Keep up-to-date with the latest news and opportunities for the live music industry: sign up for the Sound NSW enews

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