Each city during Covid has done it tough, but Sydney has endured 7 years of nightlife wilderness and it is welcomed by the music industry that up to 200,000 accommodation vouchers worth $100 each will be available to NSW residents as part of a targeted economic support package designed to encourage people back into the Sydney CBD, re-ignite live music across the state, and support jobs in the accommodation, entertainment, and tourism sectors.

The NSW Government’s latest COVID-19 recovery package will provide funding for eligible live music venues, matched grants for business events in Greater Sydney and regional NSW, and a funding boost for tourism marketing.

Key components of the program

Accommodation vouchers

$20 million for up to 200,000 accommodation vouchers valued at $100 each.


Live Music Support package

$24 million to Destination NSW for a Live Music Support package to be administered in partnership with Create NSW and the Office of the 24-Hour Economy Commissioner.


Business Events Industry Support package

$5.5 million for a Business Events Industry Support package to assist business events in Greater Sydney and across NSW. Administered by Destination NSW in partnership with BESydney.


Tourism Industry Marketing Support package

$2 million for a Tourism Industry Marketing Support package through Destination NSW’s Love NSW campaign platform.

Eligibility 

Accommodation providers will need to register for the program and operate within the Sydney CBD to participate.

More details on how businesses can register and how people can apply for the accommodation vouchers and their release date will be announced in coming weeks.

More information on the Live Music Support, Business Events and Tourism Marketing packages will be made available in the coming weeks.



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