Entertainment & Events

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Rising hotel and other costs fuel SXSW’s growing economic impact

A rising cost of living and high prices for hotel rooms and other tourist accommodations helped fuel a 7 percent increase to the economic impact the city of Austin felt as a result of the South by Southwest festival.That was…

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

After a successful first year, the Art Space Assistance Program will not continue

The Art Space Assistance Program that is aimed at assisting creative-focused nonprofits facing permanent displacement, those previously displaced, or those facing lease renewals at substantially higher rates did not receive funding from City Council for 2018.Council approved $200,000 of General…

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Special Events Ordinance could see final approval in October

Staff at the Austin Center for Events will continue working on the city’s long-delayed Special Events Ordinance, despite a push from some City Council members to make the policy official by the end of the month.Council ended up approving the…

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Council begins movement on stalled special events ordinance

Roughly four years after it was created, the city is moving forward with a new ordinance governing special events that, among other things, is intended to make the application process easier to navigate.At Tuesday’s work session, City Council received a…

Monday, July 24, 2017 by Lisa Dreher

Arts Commission encourages artist collaboration to save funding

The Arts Commission is encouraging collaboration among Austin artists not only for a sense of community but also to safeguard its cultural arts funding process.Commissioner Richard “Bears” Fonte said artists have double-dipped in the cultural arts fund by splitting into separate…

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

‘Agent of change’ remains static for now

With a brand-new manager of Austin’s Music and Entertainment Division, there’s not expected to be any upcoming action on the so-called “agent of change” policy that dominated the bandwidth of that office for the first six months of 2017.That’s in…

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