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 over the past two years 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, Music Commission Recommendation 20201019-2bii was sent to City Council, which stated 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.

On November 1, 2021, the Music Commission unanimously approved the Fiscal Year 2022 Live Music Fund Event Program guidelines, but established a new working group to convene community stakeholders to consider expanding eligibility beyond professional musicians and independent promoters. Click here to watch the November 1st Music Commission meeting to learn more.

LIVE MUSIC FUND 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 over the past two years 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, Music Commission Recommendation 20201019-2bii was sent to City Council, which stated 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.

On November 1, 2021, the Music Commission unanimously approved the Fiscal Year 2022 Live Music Fund Event Program guidelines, but established a new working group to convene community stakeholders to consider expanding eligibility beyond professional musicians and independent promoters. Click here to watch the November 1st Music Commission meeting to learn more.

LIVE MUSIC FUND 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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    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 about 2 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: 16 December 2021, 15:20