Deadline for Eligibility Requirements March 29
The City of Austin Economic Development Department’s Cultural Arts and Music & Entertainment Divisions recently launched a joint funding initiative to help preserve and grow spaces for Austin creatives. The Creative Space Assistance Program (CSAP), is a new grant program that stems from the 2016 Austin Music & Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution and Art Space Assistance Program which identified lack of affordable space for artists as a priority concern.
The new CSAP initiative expands eligibility to for-profit live music venues, performance spaces, and art galleries, in addition to, arts-focused nonprofits. CSAP aims to provide direct support to qualifying creative organizations facing temporary or permanent displacement, or to organizations previously displaced.
CSAP Timeline and Application
The CSAP is being launched with $750,000 in funding. Organizations may apply for a financial assistance grant of up to $50,000 to defray rent hikes, property acquisition costs, or other space-related needs. The grants will be made on a competitive basis, and priority will be given to organizations confronting immediate and critical needs. Nonprofits serving historically underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply. A Grant Review Committee comprised of public and private sector leaders in the arts, banking, and real estate sectors will evaluate the applications and make final recommendations for awards.
Interested applicants are welcome to attend an information meeting on the CSAP program on either March 19 or March 25, 2019 at 2 P.M. in the Boards and Commission Room at Austin City Hall, 301 West 2nd Street. The meeting on March 19 will also be broadcast live on ATXN, the City of Austin's television station, and recorded and posted on the website shortly after the event.
For more information, including guidelines and eligibility, please visit www.austintexas.gov/csap or contact Kim McCarson, Music and Entertainment Division Economic and Business Liaison, at 512.974.7963.
About The City of Austin Music & Entertainment Division: The City of Austin Economic Development Department’s Music & Entertainment Division is highly engaged in developing and executing initiatives that help accelerate the growth of the music industry infrastructure by focusing on job creation, talent export, trade development, and industry revenue growth. The Music & Entertainment Division has also organically developed an important role for the Austin music industry by facilitating introductions, communication, and shaping discussions between music business operators who may not otherwise have knowledge of each other, resulting in new business and connections. For more information: www.atxmusic.org
The City of Austin Cultural Art Division
The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department provides leadership and management for the City’s cultural arts programs and for the development of arts and cultural industries. The Cultural Arts Division is responsible for the Cultural Arts Funding Programs, Art in Public Places Program, community-based arts development, and programs to assist the development of film and creative industries in Austin. For more information visit www.austincreates.org.