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Applications open for Uptown program to boost NSW night-time economy

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The NSW Government is calling on arts and cultural institutions, entertainment and hospitality businesses and organisations across 33 Local Government Areas to be part of the first phase of a new program designed to help create vibrant 24-hour economy spots across Greater Sydney.

24-Hour Economy Commissioner Michael Rodrigues said the Uptown Accelerator Program was now open for applications from ‘district teams’, made up of three or more local businesses and organisations per team, to take part in a four-week program designed to fast-track the formation of new going-out districts across the city.

“COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the night-time economy, with hospitality and retail businesses, artists, live performance venues and cultural institutions suffering disproportionately. Uptown is about supporting these sectors as businesses recover from the pandemic and look for greater revenue opportunities,” Mr Rodrigues said.

“From Brookvale to Balmain, Harris Park to Hurstville, Sydney is blessed with diverse environments, multicultural communities and the world’s oldest continuing culture for whose custodianship we are grateful and for whose storytelling traditions we are privileged to contribute and share.

“Over the course of four weeks, Uptown will deliver workshops that will arm teams with knowledge on pitching, branding, legal, sponsorship, grant writing and more, to help them build capabilities and support the formation of their prospective ‘districts’.”

Following the four-week program, the Accelerator will conclude with a Pitch Night event where Teams will be given the opportunity to pitch their district to potential partners and sponsors.

Participants will also have the opportunity to apply for seed funding through the Uptown Grant Program (Stage 2) at a later date and subject to meeting the relevant criteria.

Applications are open until 9am AEST 30 August 2022, with more information and eligibility criteria available at www.investment.nsw.gov.au/UptownExternal Link.

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