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Council hears Task Force request to create City Music Department
Friday, November 21, 2008 by Austin Monitor
Representatives of the Live Music Task Force presented their recommendations to the Austin City Council on Thursday. First and foremost on their list is the creation of a City Music Department to deal with, nurture and promote the local music industry.
While Task Force representatives admitted the economic downturn made it difficult to ask for money for a
“We’ve seen venues close down, we’ve watched musicians migrate…to
The creation of a City Music Department, he said, would be the first step to bringing the type of music industry infrastructure to
The proposal found some support on the Council, including from
Council Member Mike Martinez, whose staffer
Council Member Randi Shade said her concern would be on the relationship between nightclubs and their residential neighbors as the Council considers the Task Force’s report. “In these last few months, there’s been some additional work done to make sure that the neighborhoods had a voice to discuss one of the more controversial issues, which is compatibility and the sound issues. And I think that the work that’s been done has been excellent,” she said. “I want to keep the informal group together to continue working to make sure that we address, more specifically, what kind of process is going to need to be in place. I know that we will be exploring the feasibility of the Music Department, and I want to make sure that equally of importance is that we continue our efforts along those lines.”
The Council did not vote on the recommendations during Thursday’s meeting, but simply accepted the Task Force’s report. The group also dealt with issues ranging from affordable housing to noise regulations.
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