We know our community loves live music. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been particularly devastating on the City’s live music scene due to the restrictions on live performance.
This has meant that Council has needed to look for COVID-safe ways to continue developing our live music program and drive visitation to our great City, whilst adhering strongly to the important Public Health Orders currently in place to keep our community safe.
To support live performance, business recovery and to bring vibrancy to the streets of our City over the warm summer months, Council has developed a pilot program to trial allowing live music performance within our outdoor dining areas.
This will enable live performance to be facilitated within a controlled space, where the details of all attendees and performers is recorded, and adhere to current restrictions on events.
To support businesses to take up the pilot, a funding pool of $10,000 has been made available to assist businesses in programming local musicians to play in their venues.
Frequently asked questions (Back to top)
All participants in the Outdoor Dining Live Music Pilot must conduct programming in line with the Public Health Orders:
This includes (but is not limited):
- Monitoring and controlling the maximum capacity of your venue following the 1 person to 4 square metre rule, including any live performers;
- Maintaining a register of all patrons to your business.
Businesses will need to consider revisions to their current COVID-Safe Business Plan to facilitate the pilot program, including any changes to the layout of dining furniture to ensure physical distancing.
- I currently do not have an outdoor dining approval, but want to participate in the pilot program. How do I obtain one?
Council officers will work with applicants to ensure the proposed programming is appropriate for the local context in which it is occurring.
It is envisioned most programming will be acoustic and low base frequency to minimise potentially adverse impacts.
As the programming will be clearly audible to the public, venues should ensure any music would be appropriate for all ages.
Live performance will be allowed Monday to Sunday:
- Parramatta CBD: 11am to 11pm
- outside of the Parramatta CBD: 11am to 10pm
This is to minimise any potential impacts on our local community.
Council will issue an approval for 30 days, which will be reviewed near the conclusion of the approval for renewal.
Extension of an approval where the pilot is running well in your venue will be granted free of charge.
Where the pilot potentially is having difficulty, Council officers will work with venues to rectify any issues, or choose not to renew a live music approval.
The pilot program will run from 1 November 2020 until 31 March 2021.
At the conclusion of the pilot program, it will be reviewed for Council to consider.
- I am interested in programming live music in my venue but don’t know where to start. Who can I talk to?
Contact email@example.com for any logistical or programming support you may require. Council officers are happy to help.