The City of Sydney has announced $265,000 worth of grants will be given to small businesses and live-music venues to help boost the city’s after-dark offerings. Yulli’s Brews, Whole Beast Butchery and Pocket Bar are just a few of the 16 businesses getting some cash.

“Sydney’s music venues and businesses have come up with exciting new programs and ideas and they will be kickstarted by the City through much-needed funding,” lord mayor Clover Moore said in a statement.

Each business will use the money in a different way to do its part to reinvigorate Sydney’s night-time scene. Vegan brewery and restaurant Yulli’s Brews in Alexandria will purchase sound and lighting equipment so it can host live-music performances. Whole Beast Butchery will run a fortnightly program of dinners, as well as butchery and cooking demonstrations in its Potts Point shopfront.

It’s a boon for Sydney’s live-music industry, with several venues including Newtown’s Marlborough Hotel, Darlinghurst’s Green Park Hotel and The Cliff Dive, and the Potts Point Hotel using their grants to install new sound equipment and soundproofing to improve their live-music offerings.

Footage Boutique in Darlinghurst will be taking a different approach, putting their share of the money towards a “meet the maker” series, with monthly talks from perfumers, candle makers and chocolatiers. Similarly Potts Point’s The Cross Art Project gallery will hold quarterly writers’ talks with authors and industry experts.

Fancy your own slice of the funding pie? Applications for the next round of funding will open in early 2019.

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