The City of Sydney are running a Business Improvement Grant scheme to encourage businesses to enhance their local streetscape to help create more lively and attractive communities and increase consumer footfall.

Funding is currently available through a grant application for shopfront improvements with matched grants of up to $10,000 or, for acoustic audits (for the purposes of live music) with matched grants of up to $5,000.

There are plenty of upcoming events in Walsh Bay including the annual WBAC Concierge Famil (30 August) and Taste Orange@Barangaroo (20 November).

This month’s Concierge Famil will see 10-15 of Sydney’s top hotel concierges taken on a guided tour of Walsh Bay to introduce/reintroduced them to the area’s many ‘off the beaten track” offerings.

In celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, the theme for the 2016 Arts Table is; “If Music Be the Food of Love,” and plans for the November 8 event are well underway. Co-host and recipients of funds raised on the night, The Song Company, are planning an interactive performance that will delight guests while sponsors including View by Sydney, Sydney Dance Lounge, Pier One and Simmer on the Bay, will supply one course each from the evenings sumptuous degustation dinner.

Membership to the WBAC comes with a range perks including free or low cost legal advice through the NSW Business Chamber. So joining up is not just about garnering better local community spirit - it makes perfect business sense too. 

The NSW Business Chamber offers a suite of legal products and services to business members including a telephone advice line, readily available and legally compliant DIY templates through business toolkit, fixed price legal services as well as affordable, personalised legal support.

Up a whopping 35 per cent on last year, VIVID Sydney 2016 attracted more than 2.31 million visitors. Such success highlights many exciting future opportunities for Walsh Bay but VIVID is not only about benefits to business and community. Event organisers are currently offering individuals $10,000 towards the cost of curating artworks too. 

This month we profile Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce’s new marketing co-coordinator, Catherine Franklin.

Joining us in late May Catherine takes on the role from the outgoing Melissa Wilson explaining the position is about building on the momentum gathered over the past few years: “to coordinate and market a range of events with the aim of promoting Walsh Bay as a destination as well as a unique hub of arts and commercial businesses”. Drawing on a wealth of experience, having worked previously for Willoughby City Council to promote The Concourse in Chatswood - home to a concert hall, theatre, function space as well as a number of restaurants, Catherine brings a fresh perspective and a unique set of skills to WBAC.

In this month’s out-of-area feature we look at how Surry Hills Business Chamber are working with Transport for NSW to use hoarding to be erected along the light rail construction corridor, to add rather than take away from the local community.

The Surry Hills chamber has been working with TfNSW to ensure that hoarding that goes up is anything but uninspired. In a bid to reflect the rich artistic tapestry of the area and support local business, the planned hoarding will be used as a creative platform to promote what Surry Hills has to offer through locally designed artworks reflective of different segments in the area.

"A Night of Food, Wine and Song"

Walsh Bay’s annual Arts Table dinner will be held on Tuesday 8 November. Now in its 7th year, this long table dinner offers the unique opportunity to dine al fresco on the water’s edge with the spectacular views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the historic Walsh Bay wharfs as a backdrop. An ideal event for lovers of food and the arts.

Each year the Arts Table dinner is supported by a number of generous sponsors and all proceed from the dinner are donated to one of Walsh Bay’s resident arts companies. This year co-hosts and recipient of the event funds are The Song Company - Australia’s preeminent a cappella ensemble. Thanks to our multitalented co-hosts, a number of exciting performances will take place on the night. The theme for the night in celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary is “If Music be the Food of Love”.