Tag Archives: Music and Entertainment Division

Thursday, September 16, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Music Commission’s oversight could further delay emergency funds for musicians

The Music Commission has asked city staff for more input and involvement in how a pair of financial assistance programs for Austin musicians will be carried out, with an emergency aid fund tied to Covid-19 possibly delayed three weeks as…

Monday, July 19, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Proposed live music grants could fund hundreds of concerts

The city is seeking feedback in the initial guidelines for the long-planned Live Music Fund, which would provide hundreds of grants of up to $10,000 for independent musicians and promoters to create new concerts and festivals throughout the city. Total…

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Downtown vacancies eyed for arts activations, tenants with new pilot program

Vacant storefronts in downtown Austin could become temporary homes for arts and creative organizations beginning this summer thanks to a pilot program under development by the Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation. The foundation is currently working on a lease agreement with…

Friday, December 18, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

City lays out diversity goals in next round of arts, tourism funding

Groups that have been historically overlooked and underrepresented in the city’s cultural community will have priority in the Economic Development Department’s spending for cultural and tourism programs in the next budget year. During an online meeting held last Saturday, the…

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…

Monday, April 27, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Survey seeks data on full impact of Covid-19 on city’s music economy

The city’s major music nonprofits have partnered with a national consulting firm to conduct a survey of the economic and some health impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on Austin’s music community. The survey from Music Cities Together, which is also…

Monday, April 13, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

City may begin evaluating creative spaces bond sites in June

The city expects to use real estate and economic development professionals from the Texas Facilities Commission to broker the acquisition of what may be multiple properties for local artists and musicians to use. An April 3 memo spells out the…

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,…

Monday, October 28, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Arts Commission shares concerns amid increased creative space funding

The city’s expanded program to assist local creative spaces with rent and capital expenses came under criticism from members of the Arts Commission last week. During a presentation on the recommended recipients of the Creative Space Assistance Program, commission members…

Thursday, June 6, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

City releases road map for ‘agent of change,’ sound compatibility issues

The city’s Economic Development and Development Services departments will spend much of the next 12 months implementing a variety of measures to reduce noise complaints and other issues that arise between residents and nearby entertainment businesses. On Wednesday, EDD released…

Monday, June 25, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Gooooooooooooals

Different goals… Politics, as they say, is (are?) a full-contact sport. Unlike men’s soccer, which mostly has a bunch of grown men flopping around like children at the slightest breeze (women’s soccer, we’ll note, is far less lame). Nonetheless, Austin…

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

City tour support, tipping program previewed in summit for Austin musicians

The city’s music office is moving ahead with plans that could provide up to $5,000 in assistance for touring bands, as well as installing credit card kiosks in a handful of city music venues so fans can more easily tip…

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Live music proponents revive ‘agent of change,’ with eye toward fall

After it lay dormant since July, city leaders and music industry professionals are restarting the process that – it is hoped – will protect live music venues and nearby residential buildings from clashing over noise and general quality-of-life issues. Known…

Monday, December 18, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Unclear regulations and development top music venue concerns

Thursday’s summit with music venue owners and operators saw a bit of political scheduling serendipity. Among the many issues discussed by them and other music community stakeholders was the fact that that afternoon City Council was set to consider a…

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Music Commission seeks city properties list, but who’s got it?

Austin’s Music Commission is making another push to have the city’s Office of Real Estate Services compile a list of city-owned properties that are currently unused and could be made available for creative groups and music venues that get priced…

Monday, October 2, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: More like Fist City

And the most music-friendly city in Texas is?… Not Austin. At least not according to the Texas Music Office and its new Music Friendly Communities program, which last week recognized Fort Worth as its first member. The program is part of…

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…

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

City reveals new music division manager

The city has selected the new head of the Music and Entertainment Division, roughly three months after the position opened following a cloud of controversy. The announcement that Erica Shamaly, a longtime Austinite with close to two decades in local…

Friday, June 9, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Hotels to join music venues, residents in revamping ‘agent of change’ proposal

Representatives from Austin’s music venues, neighborhood groups and hotel industry are expected to begin meeting next week to rework the city’s long-gestating “agent of change” policy intended to reduce friction between those three interest groups. That charge was the result…

Friday, May 12, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Allegations fly in music division ethics case

Wednesday’s ethics hearing for a former city employee charged with improperly obtaining city funds featured a series of allegations and testimony against the recently departed head of the city’s Music and Entertainment Division. The 11-member Ethics Review Commission was reduced…

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