Tag Archives: Live Music Capital of the World

Friday, October 16, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council approves partial start for SAVES

After directing the city to create the Save Austin’s Vital Economic Sectors (SAVES) fund last month, City Council approved initial program guidelines Thursday that will provide some immediate financial relief for local music venues, restaurants, bars and child care centers.…

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council refines SAVES proposal

The city has not yet found the right balance in regards to distributing $15 million in financial assistance under Save Austin’s Vital Economic Sectors (SAVES). As City Council prepares to consider allocating $8.5 million in sales tax revenue to the…

Thursday, September 17, 2020 by Andrew Weber

‘We deserve to be saved’: Austin music venues rally for city-backed relief fund

Austin’s music community rallied at City Hall Wednesday to support a measure to bolster the ecosystem around live music in the face of the pandemic.The rally included everyone in that ecosystem, from the folks who help keep the scene alive…

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council members consider funding to save local service economy

Without significant intervention, economists are predicting a “K-shaped” Covid-19 recovery trajectory, a scenario where “high-skill” professionals thrive while the service sector continues in a rapid decline.City Council hopes to prevent the further demise of our local music and arts venues,…

Friday, August 7, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Austin joins national pilot program exploring how to safely reopen music venues

Austin has signed up as a pilot city for a national effort to establish guidelines for music venues looking to reopen safely once the public health threats from the Covid-19 pandemic are lessened.Today the city will announce its partnership with…

Friday, July 31, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

With stages silent, Austin’s music venues need help to stay open

In his role as spokesperson for the cluster of live music venues concentrated on Red River Street, Cody Cowan relies on a graphic visual to convey the reality of those businesses’ prospects of surviving the Covid-19 pandemic.Now fully closed since…

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…

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Survey predicts 90 percent of Austin live music venues to close by Halloween

A survey of Austin businesses impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic finds that 90 percent of the city’s live music venues are likely to permanently close by this fall.That forecast was one of the conclusions of a June survey conducted by…

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