LIVE MUSIC FUND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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Live Music Fund Community Engagement

The Music & Entertainment Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department has been working with the Music Commission to form the first program of the Live Music Fund, which is a permanent funding source for supporting Austin's music industry established by Mayor & City Council in September 2019.

After many Commission and working group meetings to gather community feedback for how to launch the Live Music Fund as part of the Cultural Funding Review: Arts, Heritage, Music, Music Commission Recommendation 20201019-2bii was sent to City Council. This recommendation states that a Preservation, Innovation, and Elevation & Collaboration (PIE) fund be established to create greater equitable economic growth in the Austin music industry. This recommendation is the foundation of the resulting pilot program of the fund, the Live Music Fund Event Program.

LATEST UPDATE

Read the May 24, 2022, "Hotel Occupancy Tax Program Update – Staff Update" memo to Mayor and City Council.

Based on feedback received from the Music Commission during the April 4, 2022, meeting, Staff presented updates to the pilot Live Music Fund Event Program during the Music Commission meeting on May 2, 2022:

BACKGROUND

The Live Music Fund, established by City Ordinance No. 20190919-149 on September 19, 2019, is the result of recommendations from 2017’s Visitor Task Force's Final Report. This is an ongoing fund sourced from State of Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) revenues to support the Austin music industry and not a relief and recovery program in response to the pandemic.

Since the Live Music Fund is funded with HOT revenues, supported activities should encourage, promote, improve, and showcase Austin’s live music industry to sustainably develop infrastructure and experiences that attract tourism and develop Austin’s convention and hotel industries. Learn more about HOT funded cultural programs in Texas through the Texans for the Arts Hotel Occupancy Tax Toolkit.

City Staff coordinated community engagement efforts with the Music Commission’s Live Music Fund Working Group and Systemic Racism Working Group, which were comprised of Music Commissioners and representatives of Austin’s Music community who were nominated during the Commission’s December 2019 and July 2020 meetings respectively. City Staff and the working groups gathered and organized feedback on community priorities to form the below recommendations for the pilot program:

The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. For assistance, please contact Michelle McLaren at 512-974-9053 or Relay Texas 7-1-1

The Music & Entertainment Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department has been working with the Music Commission to form the first program of the Live Music Fund, which is a permanent funding source for supporting Austin's music industry established by Mayor & City Council in September 2019.

After many Commission and working group meetings to gather community feedback for how to launch the Live Music Fund as part of the Cultural Funding Review: Arts, Heritage, Music, Music Commission Recommendation 20201019-2bii was sent to City Council. This recommendation states that a Preservation, Innovation, and Elevation & Collaboration (PIE) fund be established to create greater equitable economic growth in the Austin music industry. This recommendation is the foundation of the resulting pilot program of the fund, the Live Music Fund Event Program.

LATEST UPDATE

Read the May 24, 2022, "Hotel Occupancy Tax Program Update – Staff Update" memo to Mayor and City Council.

Based on feedback received from the Music Commission during the April 4, 2022, meeting, Staff presented updates to the pilot Live Music Fund Event Program during the Music Commission meeting on May 2, 2022:

BACKGROUND

The Live Music Fund, established by City Ordinance No. 20190919-149 on September 19, 2019, is the result of recommendations from 2017’s Visitor Task Force's Final Report. This is an ongoing fund sourced from State of Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) revenues to support the Austin music industry and not a relief and recovery program in response to the pandemic.

Since the Live Music Fund is funded with HOT revenues, supported activities should encourage, promote, improve, and showcase Austin’s live music industry to sustainably develop infrastructure and experiences that attract tourism and develop Austin’s convention and hotel industries. Learn more about HOT funded cultural programs in Texas through the Texans for the Arts Hotel Occupancy Tax Toolkit.

City Staff coordinated community engagement efforts with the Music Commission’s Live Music Fund Working Group and Systemic Racism Working Group, which were comprised of Music Commissioners and representatives of Austin’s Music community who were nominated during the Commission’s December 2019 and July 2020 meetings respectively. City Staff and the working groups gathered and organized feedback on community priorities to form the below recommendations for the pilot program:

The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. For assistance, please contact Michelle McLaren at 512-974-9053 or Relay Texas 7-1-1

Send Us Your Questions!

Have a question about the Live Music Fund Event Program? Send your questions to the Music & Entertainment Division and we will respond as soon as possible. Thank you!

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    I am in the process of coming up with a culture appreciation festival for us, and I would like to be guided on the right path. I have to reach out when and where this can be allowed for a celebration in music

    Nancyfup asked 5 months ago

    Hello!

    If this is a music festival, the Live Music Fund Event Program isn't yet open and taking applications for financial support, but please join our newsletter to stay on top of the latest updates. 

    You may also visit the City of Austin Austin Center for Events website to learn more about organizing special events in Austin if your event is taking place in a public space not already permitted for such events. Thanks for reaching out!

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    I wish to know the deadline for filing an application for funding a live music festival in Austin, created by local musicians and Austin venue. Please help!

    Leti asked 7 months ago

    Hello!

    Thank you for your question. An application deadline for the Live Music Fund Event Program has not yet been established. 

    Staff must first report back to the Music Commission and Mayor & City Council on updated program guidelines based on the Music Commission Recommendation 20220207-3b, which was approved on February 7, 2022. 

    Please join our newsletter to receive the latest updates on the timeline. Thanks again for your question!

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    Hello! I'm a professional musician and artist here in Austin. I'm reading about this fund and I'm excited! Do artists gain access to this funding through a nomination process, or is there an application that can be accessed online? Thanks for your help! Best, Daniel Fears https://danielfears.com/

    Daniel Fears asked 10 months ago

    Hi, Daniel-

    Thanks for reaching out! There will be a public application to apply for the program once it launches in 2022. Anyone can apply but must meet all eligibility criteria to be considered for an award. The eligibility criteria are still in draft form as the Working Group formed during the November 2021 Music Commission meeting continues their work. Please join our newsletter to receive the latest news. Thanks again for reaching out!

    Music & Entertainment Division Staff

Page last updated: 24 May 2022, 11:07 AM