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Tag Archives: Music and Entertainment Division

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 as…

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 resolution…

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 in…

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 film…

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 of…

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 to…

Friday, May 5, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Music venues may face new rules as city adjusts ‘agent of change’ proposal

Austin officials have made significant changes to a pair of proposed policies affecting the city’s live music economy, and will spend much of May presenting them to local boards and community groups ahead of an expected early June vote by City…

Friday, April 14, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Ethics commission sets final hearing for former music department staffer

Austin’s Ethics Review Commission will hold a final hearing next month to determine whether a former music office employee attempted to inappropriately pay herself out of city coffers.The complaint against Ashley Buchanan, who worked as an employee in the Music…

Monday, February 20, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Shifting SXSW focus, permitting changes await music head upon return

Returning South by Southwest to its focus on industries and helping to usher components of the city’s plans to help the local music industry are high on the personal to-do list of Don Pitts, until recently the director of Austin’s…

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

When the music stops – Pitts speaks following resignation

The city will have to move forward with one of its most ambitious policy efforts ever for promoting local music without the executive who spent seven years working to shape that agenda.Don Pitts, who served as director of the city’s…

Friday, February 3, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Music venues’ ‘agent of change’ proposal faces revisions ahead of spring vote

The city of Austin has concluded its series of public forums on a pair of proposed policy moves that would attempt to draw clear lines of responsibility between new residential developments and creative spaces that are increasingly co-mingling in the…

Thursday, December 15, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Liquor tax cut a top priority for music venue lobbying group

Music venues in Austin are lining up to try to get their state liquor tax rates reduced in a bid that’s being presented as a needed step to preserve clubs and bars that heavily promote live music.The effort is still…

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

Smoking ban gets fogged at Music Commission

A preliminary proposal to ban smoking on all patios in Austin was met with pushback and prompt backpedaling at a meeting of the Music Commission on Monday.Proposed by Central Health, a taxpayer-funded district in Travis County, a potential amendment to…

Monday, May 2, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

Music Commission narrows omnibus priorities

Austin’s Music Commission managed to prioritize some of the “kitchen sink” initiatives put forward by the Austin Music and Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution during its Monday night meeting. But while stakeholders shared multiple recommendations for potential music industry best practices,…

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by Tyler Whitson

City to host “Music Venue Summit” ahead of spring

In preparation for South by Southwest and other spring events, the city’s Music and Entertainment Division will host a two-hour “Music Venue Summit” on Jan. 25 at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.The event will include city staff…

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Industry leaders discuss policy potentials to secure Austin’s music scene

People active in the Austin music business gathered Thursday at a studio space on East Fifth Street to talk about issues inhibiting the growth and sustainability of the city’s music life – a talk organizers called “State of the Arts,”…

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Advocates say concrete pouring doesn’t belong in the Music Division

The mournful hum of an industrial concrete mixer, it could be argued, makes for a lousy piece of music. Yet writing sound-impact plans for new concrete projects falls under the purview of the city’s Music and Entertainment Division. These plans…

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