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City announces musicians for Tip the Band program

Thursday, July 25, 2019 by Tai Moses

Austin’s Music and Entertainment Division has selected 10 local musicians or bands to participate in the city’s new digital tipping program, Tip the Band, which allows fans to tip artists with a debit or credit card via the use of a special device. The city received over 100 applications for the program, which were evaluated by an “independent panel of music industry professionals.” The chosen artists will be able to collect digital tips at live performances for the next six months as part of the city’s promotional campaign. Following the six-month review period, the artist may continue using the digital vessel to collect tips after submitting a report to the grant managers. In addition to providing a new revenue stream for struggling artists, according to a news release, Tip the Band aims to “elevate the practice of tipping our local musicians which reinforces Austin as a community that cares about the vitality of its artists and creatives.” The selected artists are Atash, Church on Monday, Derek Phelps, Gina Chavez, The Human Circuit, Jackie Venson, Kathy & the Kilowatts, Superfónicos, The Watters, and Will Southern.

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