Nuatali Nelmes | City sponsorship round strikes chord

CITY TALENT: Got a song in you? There's an online song writing competition with your name on it.
CITY TALENT: Got a song in you? There's an online song writing competition with your name on it.

Novocastrian musos are fine-tuning their acts for an online song writing competition supported by Newcastle City Council's grants and sponsorship program, as a new, $320,000 funding round opens.

The ‘Tip Jar’ pilot project will see local musicians upload songs to earn online votes from fans in the inaugural competition before the plaudits become financial rewards or 'tips' - via electronic fund transfers - in subsequent contests.

This innovative approach to inspire hit songs has the backing of council's economic development sponsorship program, which is again offering a total of $100,000 for projects in 2017-18.

The Tip Jar Project, combining the city's fine musical heritage with burgeoning tech activity, is a fine example of our economic development sponsorships as we take strides toward becoming a smart, liveable, sustainable city.

Last year's sponsorship and grant program contributed to projects with a direct expenditure of $1.25 million, providing support for business growth and employment while encouraging innovation and developing the visitor economy. Other recipients of economic development sponsorships from last year's round included the Real Film Festival, Beaumont Street Carnivale and fashion magazine Facon.

For more information on the grants and sponsorship program, applications for which are open to 1 May 2017, visit council's website.

Nuatali Nelmes, Lord Mayor