Entertainment & Events

Friday, March 16, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Austin’s music preservation efforts draw praise. But is it enough?

The attention placed on Austin’s music community in recent years by local leaders – most especially the affordability issues and stagnant income levels of working musicians – went under the magnifying glass Tuesday at South by Southwest. Attendees of the…

Friday, March 16, 2018 by Nathan Bernier

From ‘Starbucks’ lines to ‘full-scale riot’: How cops and clubs control crowds during SXSW

The influx of 300,000 to 400,000 people to downtown Austin during South by Southwest requires an extraordinary amount of crowd control, both for event organizers and first responders.Austin’s Police Department uses a Special Response Team to patrol downtown.“It’s just a…

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Pols, industry vets join forces to lead Austin music economy

Under the aegis of one of Austin’s most successful entrepreneurs, a collective of some of the city’s most entrenched business and government leaders has set its sights on keeping Austin’s music community from being priced out of existence.The group known…

Friday, February 23, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Musicians’ wage debate eyes benefits, cost of increased activism

A new movement seeking to put more money in the pockets of Austin musicians is looking at the pros and cons of increasing political activism by artists – among other tactics – as a way to give them more influence…

Friday, February 16, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

City exploring solutions for creative spaces crisis

The city is looking at a variety of strategies for assisting creative businesses and nonprofit organizations that are increasingly being priced out of theaters and other spaces due to Austin’s fast-rising cost of living. At its Thursday meeting, City Council…

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

City looks to retain arts and culture amid growth

A pair of reports from the Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department give city leaders perhaps the clearest road map yet for how to preserve and create artistic and cultural clusters that many worry are threatened by rapid…

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