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For the love (and the money)

Friday, February 16, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

It’s not just City Council that is trying to pitch in and help Austin artists and musicians. A pair of events on Feb. 21 is aimed at providing more resources and revenue to Austin musicians, who are finding it increasingly difficult to earn a living through their creative output as Austin grows. The more established of the two events is Feel the Love, a free expo now in its fourth year that brings together more than a dozen music-related nonprofits based in Austin, with the goal of connecting musicians and others in the local music industry with organizations that can provide career guidance, health care services, mentoring and other assistance. That soiree kicks off at 7 p.m. at Emo’s East, 2015 E. Riverside Dr. The newcomer event is the launch for Musicians’ Living Wage, an advocacy group with the goal of helping Austin musicians earn more through their music. Live music performances bookend a two-hour panel with nine local performers and industry insiders who will offer their take on how to put more money in musicians’ pockets. Doors for that one open at 6 p.m. at the North Door, 501 Brushy St., with tickets starting at $25 available through Eventbrite.

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