Tag Archives: Austin Music Commission

Monday, September 14, 2020 by Savana Dunning

Economic Development Department outlines plans for $12M creative space bond, creation of Austin EDC

The Economic Development Department outlined its plan for a $12 million creative space bond and a city-owned economic development corporation that could help it along at a joint meeting of the arts and music commissions Friday. The city launched a request…

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 by Savana Dunning

Music Commission asks city to recognize African American Cultural Heritage District, add multiuse arts theater

The Music Commission unanimously voted in support of a proposal to direct the city to formally recognize and develop amenities within the state-designated African American Cultural Heritage District in East Austin.The commission approved of the main bullet points of the…

Thursday, September 3, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Arts, Music Commission meeting aims to multiply $12M creative space bond

A joint meeting of the arts and music commissions expected to take place Sept. 11 could help multiply the dollar value of the city’s creative space bond using a new development entity.The date for the meeting hasn’t been set, but…

Monday, August 10, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Latino groups ask Music Commission to support creation of Latino music fund

A new coalition is pushing the Music Commission to support allocating some of the city’s funds for live music to Latino musicians.Members of the Latin Music Coalition Austin spoke at last week’s meeting of the Music Commission to highlight a…

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

City moving forward with plans for $12M to acquire space for artists, musicians

This week City Council is expected to consider an agreement with the Texas Facilities Commission that will begin the process of acquiring creative spaces around the city using a $12 million bond approved in 2018.The interlocal agreement would approve up…

Monday, July 27, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Music Commission eyes police dollars instead of hotel tax to support Black music fund

Included in the Music Commission’s request to create a Black Live Music Fund may be a suggestion that the city look for money outside of the Hotel Occupancy Tax – including funds intended for law enforcement – to rebuild the…

Thursday, July 23, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Austin music venues seek $20 million from city to prevent closures

Austin’s Music Venue Alliance plans to ask the city to provide $20 million in aid specifically for music venues that have been closed since mid-March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.The Music Venue Preservation Fund request was discussed at Wednesday’s Music…

Monday, July 13, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Music Commission looks at Black cultural district, music fund based on equity

Turning its attention to equity issues facing the city’s music and creative communities, the Music Commission plans to meet every two weeks for the foreseeable future to address those concerns.The commission voted unanimously at last week’s meeting to create a working…

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Music leaders eye city creation of Black Live Music Fund

The vice chair of the Music Commission has called for the city to create a Black Live Music Fund that would support the business interests of black musicians, possibly with money from the recently created Live Music Fund.In a recent…

Thursday, June 4, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Amid criticism, Music Commission looks to revise eligibility for $1.5M grant program

Members of the Music Commission will begin pushing for the city to relax the application process for those applying for a $1.5 million grant program created to assist musicians facing hardships due to the Covid-19 pandemic.On Wednesday the commission heard…

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

City taking steps toward $1,000 grants for musicians impacted by Covid-19

The city is preparing to give grants of up to $1,000 to musicians who have lost income and are facing severe economic hardships due to the shutdown of music-related businesses as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.At Wednesday’s meeting of…

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Music Commission backs Council proposal to unlock $4.5M to aid artists, venues

The Music Commission has asked the city to protect and replenish the recently created Live Music Fund if any of it is used to help musicians and music venues impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.At a special meeting called for Wednesday…

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

City adds funding and transparency to program helping endangered creative spaces

The city is making changes to a program created to assist music venues and creative spaces facing displacement, with the primary goal of making the selection process for grant recipients more transparent.The Creative Space Assistance Program, which was fully launched…

Monday, February 10, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Music Commission seeks answers on lingering sound enforcement, ‘agent of change’ issues

The Music Commission has asked representatives from the Austin Police Department to attend its next meeting to discuss the delay in moving sound enforcement responsibilities from the police department to the city’s music office.At last week’s meeting, Rebecca Reynolds, president…

Monday, February 10, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: The breakdown of wide-eyed, optimistic exuberance

The trouble with working groups… At the Feb. 3 meeting of the Public Safety Commission, two agenda items required the appointment of commissioners to serve on working groups. These groups are tasked with assisting the city in determining the scope…

Monday, January 13, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Reverse correlations

Reports of sexual assault down in 2019 for Austin and the country… Juliana Gonzales, the senior director of sexual assault services at the SAFE Alliance, came to give her monthly update to the Public Safety Commission on Jan. 6. She…

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Music working group seeks cooperation, transparency between artists and venues

Advocates for local musicians are hoping some of the city’s Hotel Occupancy Tax funds for commercial music will be used to formalize relationships between venues and artists and lead to an agreement on a living wage for performers.Monday’s meeting of…

Monday, December 9, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Music commissioners want urgency, care in spending hotel tax money for industry

Members of the Music Commission and interest groups related to the city’s music industry are pushing for quick decisions on how to spend an initial pool of Hotel Occupancy Tax dollars that City Council allocated for the city’s commercial music…

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Arts, music groups target underserved communities with $12M for creative spaces

The first draft of guidelines for how the city will allocate $12 million in bond money for creative spaces shows that priority will be given to historically underserved communities and groups that have a track record of working with marginalized…

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Music commissioners push ACL Fest promoters for more local involvement, equity

Members of the Music Commission appear to have opened the door for a partnership between the city and local concert promotion giant C3 Presents to feature more Austin musicians at Austin City Limits Fest and other festivals run by the…

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