The return of live jazz at The Roosevelt. Live film score covers at Golden Age Cinema. Cabaret performances at the Eternity Playhouse. These are just a few of the nightlife boosts we’ll see in Sydney thanks to City of Sydney’s first round of live music and performance grants.

The City of Sydney has awarded more than $360,000 in funding for live music venues and small businesses to expand their programming and encourage night-time trading.

This first round sees 18 local businesses and live music and performance venues receive matched grants; meaning the City has matched each venue or business dollar-for-dollar towards costs to launch new night-time activities or upgrade their acoustics, staging and equipment.

The second round of the program is open until March 12, with the City matching grants up to a maximum of $30,000.