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Monday, March 6, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

As rents push artists out, city seeks alternative space in houses of worship

In recent years, Austin’s creative community has been feeling the brunt of the city’s affordability crisis. As rents continue to rise, many artists have moved away, and studios and galleries have closed their doors. Now, the city is looking to…

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Thursday, March 2, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

SXSWTF? Dissecting a music festival’s immigration PR meltdown

In today’s installment of “A Good Rumor Travels Around the World Before the Truth Can Put On Its Shoes,” we watch with fascination as music fans from all over the world make South by Southwest out to be the newest…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Seeking $100M, springs supporters target convention center expansion proposal

Fine arts and natural resources advocates are stepping up their involvement with a city task force that will play a large role in shaping how the city allocates the fast-growing pool of revenue from Hotel Occupancy Tax, which totaled about…

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Monday, February 20, 2017 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: Austin Arts in 2017

Freelance writer Renuka Rayasam joins Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to chat about her February Austin Monthly feature on the arts – and funding the arts – in Austin, Texas. Program is embedded below:

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Thursday, February 9, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Theater group seeks city lease deal to stay in business

A nonprofit theater group hopes to tap into the city of Austin’s recent focus on preserving creative spaces within the city and get a new home for experimental fine arts in the process. Representatives of the Rude Mechanicals (or “Rude…

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Friday, February 3, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Music venues’ ‘agent of change’ proposal faces revisions ahead of spring vote

The city of Austin has concluded its series of public forums on a pair of proposed policy moves that would attempt to draw clear lines of responsibility between new residential developments and creative spaces that are increasingly co-mingling in the…

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Monday, January 30, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Austin Monitor Radio: The City of Austin and its music policies

Austin Monitor freelancer Chad Swiatecki chats with guests Amy Lombardi and Rick Carney about the City of Austin’s live music policies. Post is embedded below:

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

New Rodeo Austin chief calls Expo Center expansion ‘a no-brainer’

With a deep banking and private investment background as well as an extensive business network throughout Texas, new Rodeo Austin CEO Rob Golding could be an important dealmaker in the long-brewing effort to conduct a grand revamp of the Travis…

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Council expected to take up agent of change and entertainment licenses in March

Regulations for live music venues throughout Austin appear to be changing both very quickly and remarkably slowly. At Monday’s meeting of the city’s Music Commission, the dominant topic was the long-proposed “agent of change” principle that is intended to reduce…

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