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The City of Austin Music & Entertainment Division—part of the Economic Development Department—manages programming, services, and funding to diversify and accelerate the growth of Austin's commercial and nonprofit music and entertainment industries. We serve as a central liaison and resource for all music industry stakeholders in order to promote increased jobs, compensation, sector development, nightlife compatibility, and talent export in Austin.


Provides funding opportunities for creatives and creative businesses to survive and thrive. Contact Erica Shamaly for details:

  • Grants & Resources for Disaster Relief and Recovery
    Resources and grant opportunities to help musicians and artists that are recovering from economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • $12M Bond for Creative Space
    City of Austin voters approved a bond proposition in 2018 that would provide funding for acquisitions and improvements of local creative spaces.
  • Creative Space Assistance Program (2019)
    Provides direct support to qualifying creative organizations facing temporary or permanent displacement, or to those previously displaced.
  • Cultural Funding Review Process: Arts, Heritage & Music (Live Music Fund)
    The Live Music Fund was established by City Ordinance in 2019. Staff is now coordinating 2021 funding programs with the other Economic Development Divisions included in the Cultural Funding Review Process: Arts, Heritage & Music.

Artist Programs

Artist Programming provides professional development and compensation opportunities to increase earnings and capacity for musicians. Contact Stephanie Bergara for details:

  • Creative Ambassadors Program
    Open to creative professionals across disciplines, the Creative Ambassadors Program provides official City designations and small stipends to Austin artists traveling outside of Texas in promotion of their creative projects. On hold due to COVID-19.
  • Music on Hold Program
    Anytime someone calls into the City telephone system and placed on hold, they will be listening to a well-curated playlist of Austin music.
  • Street Performance Program
    Presents live music performances by Austin musicians downtown (500 W. 2nd Street) every Saturday during the fall and spring months. Each musician is compensated for their performance through funding by the Trammell Crow Company. On hold due to COVID-19.
  • Tip the Band Program
    Addresses affordability concerns by creating a new and convenient revenue stream for musicians through the use of technology that instantly collects digital tips from fans using debit and/or credit cards. Pivoting program due to COVID-19; more information to come.

Music & Entertainment Services

Serves as an ombudsman and resource for creatives and creative businesses about City operating, permitting, and code enforcement requirements, and acts as a liaison for these groups to other City Departments. Contact Kim McCarson for details:

  • Amplified Sound & Film Permits
    • Connects music, special event, and film producers to City departments and other agencies for permits in Austin.
  • Live Music & Entertainment Venues
    • Convenes venue operators to inform these stakeholders about new and updated policies and rules, as well as to gather feedback.
    • Connects venues that may require permits with other City departments.
    • Coordinates engagement
  • Community Engagement