Cultural Funding Review Process: Arts, Heritage & Music 

The City of Austin Economic Development Department plans to redistribute the City of Austin’s Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) which supports arts, heritage, and music cultural funding with intentional focus on equity and inclusion. Revenue gained from City of Austin Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) is used to promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry in Austin. 

In Fall 2019, the Economic Development Department began the process to re-imagine the use of HOT-funded programs within the Economic Development Department, in partnership with MJR Partners. In Summer 2019, we launched community centered listening sessions and workshops as part of the Cultural Funding Review Process.  

Organizations who are interested in supporting HOT-funded programs are invited to participate in our public engagement sessions in fall of 2020.

For more information about the divisions working on this funding review, please visit their pages.

Who does this funding review impact?  

  • Creatives, groups, and organizations who are interested in pursuing project or organizational support through any of the City’s HOT-funded programs 

  • Austin residents that have an interest in what sort of activities the HOT-funded programs support 

  • Cultural groups, legacy businesses, organizations working on community-centered cultural, heritage and historic preservation projects 

  • Performing musicians, live venues, and organizations creating in Austin

Information Sessions  

Community Engagement Timeline 

2020 Quarter 3: Relaunch the City of Austin’s Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Review  

July – September 2020

Develop alignment between the City of Austin’s Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) programs which support arts, heritage, and music cultural funding with intentional focus on equity and inclusion.

2020 Quarter 4: Develop Programs 

October – December 2020

Provide progress updates to the community and begin work on draft programs.

2021 Quarter 1: Refine + Launch  

January – March 2021  

The City of Austin’s Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funded programs are launched for arts, heritage preservation grants, and music cultural funding.