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Council OKs continuing funds for “ACL”

Friday, July 30, 2021 by Jo Clifton

City Council has unanimously approved a contract with KLRU and Austin PBS to continue to underwrite “Austin City Limits” with funding from the Austin Convention Center’s operating budget. The contract will run from Oct. 1, 2021-Sept. 30, 2026, for a total amount of up to $1,250,000. The popular TV concert series showcases local Austin talent and reaches both national and international audiences. The city has been providing funding for “ACL” since 2008. Council Member Kathie Tovo pointed out that “ACL” would be paid for by the operating budget of the convention center, not any funding set aside specifically to promote Austin music. She noted the many conversations she and other Council members have had with members of the community about use of Hotel Occupancy Tax dollars. The contract with “ACL,” she noted, shows that the convention center funds were more flexible than previously thought.

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