Arts & Entertainment

City Of Sydney Increasing Support For Arts & Culture

Grand Days Books, Records & Vintage Co-Owner Tom Hespe. Photo: Jessica Lindsay City of Sydney

The City Of Sydney Council has announced a second financial support package to ensure the immediate future of the city’s cultural and creative industries. This second package is valued at $47.5 million, adding to the already announced $25 million first round of support to bring the total value to $72.5 million.

As part of this second round of support the council have created three programs specifically targeted towards the creative sector.

The Cultural Sector Resilience Grant Program is valued at $2.25 million and provides immediate financial support to not-for-profits and sole traders working in the cultural sector. Institutions can apply for funds, including to curate creative development programs with groups of artists.

The Sector-Led Crisis Support Donation is valued at $250,000 and provides direct donations to existing, locally operated, online platforms Support Act NSW, the Artists Benevolent Fund and the Actors Benevolent Fund, who are raising funds to provide emergency relief and mental health support to local cultural workers in crisis.

Finally, The Creative Fellowship Fund is valued at $1 million and is designed to support artists to engage in creative development of works and initiatives driven by the cultural sector, and to purchase materials and equipment.

These three new measure join a slate of previously announced measures which included the waiving of fees, rent and a relaxation of parking restriction.

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