From cultural events, to City Council meetings, to outdoor concerts, the City of Austin provides Austin area professional musicians and bands, dancers, and artists with ongoing paid opportunities to perform in live and virtual City events. 

Austin-area professional creatives are encouraged to submit their qualifications for consideration in the various City programs.

Musician Pay Rate

As directed in Resolution No. 20230720-123, the pay rate for musicians for live City music performances is no less than $200 per musician for groups of up to six people; $150 per musician for groups between seven and ten people; and, $1500 total for groups of musicians of ten or more. 


Create Your City Account

An account isn't required to apply for all performance opportunities but we encourage you to sign up. Create your City account today!


Paid Performance Opportunities

Learn about each City program and how to apply:

Music & Entertainment Division

The Economic Development Department's Music & Entertainment Division pays the City of Austin's Musician Standard Rate of Pay of $200 per musician per performance hour. Most performances are broadcast live and online in coordination with ATXN.tvCreate Your City Account to register and apply for the following division-paid performances. Contact Greg Gonzalez for details.

Public Performance Program

The Public Performance Program provides ongoing paid opportunities for Austin musicians and bands in coordination with the Music Commission, the Parks and Recreation Department, and the Austin Public Library. 

Music Proclamations for City Hall Sessions

The City of Austin is incredibly proud of our local music culture, and every Austin City Council meeting includes live Music Proclamation Day performances during the lunch hour, which is broadcast live on and shared as a City Hall Session episode. 

Performers are bestowed the honor of a “Music Proclamation Day” with an accompanying certificate and their band name permanently included in the City calendar. These musicians will have their own City of Austin “Day” for the rest of their lives, and many have annual celebrations of their day with fans and supporters. 

To be considered, contact your City of Austin Council Member or the Mayor to make a request. To determine your Austin Council District, look up your home address, then contact the corresponding Austin City Council Member's office.

Fiscal Year 2024 City Hall Sessions

Sound ON!

Sound ON! is a documentary music series produced by, Ice Cream Factory Studio, and the Music & Entertainment Division. Each episode brings Austin’s vibrant music scene to the forefront, showcasing the city's most exciting musicians with live performances and in-depth interviews. The series spotlights both established and up-and-coming artists across genres and generations, celebrating the diverse musical landscape that makes Austin a renowned cultural hub.

Music on Hold

Music on Hold is one of the City's fun and unique ways of showcasing Austin’s great music—usually in sixty seconds or less. Anytime someone calls into the City telephone system and placed on hold, they will be listening to a well-curated and licensed playlist of Austin music. 

Austin Public Library – Electric Lady Bird

The Austin Public Library is streaming fresh sounds from the Austin music scene through Electric Lady Bird, which delivers commercial-free, curated music from Central Texas artists 24/7, through a user-friendly digital music platform. Start streaming now and learn more about Electric Lady Bird, including Frequently Asked Questions.

Jurors from the Austin music community will select the best albums and selected musicians will be awarded $200 for their album/EP. In exchange, the Library will receive non-exclusive rights to stream the album/EP for a 3-year term. If selected, you will be contacted with instructions on how to join Electric Lady Bird.

Live Music in the Air at the Airport

For Live Music in the Air at the Airport, featuring live local music is our passion! Austin is a city filled with venues and musicians that truly make it The Live Music Capital of the World®.

The minute you step into the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, you can catch local musicians at one of many venues Monday through Friday, and overhead music is provided by partner KUTX 98.9.

The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport pays $200 per solo performance and $200 per musician for groups of up to six people. Backline equipment and an Audio Engineer are provided.

For more information on live music opportunities at the airport, contact Music Program Coordinator Michael Pennock.

Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation hires musicians, dancers, and visual artists for venues ranging from theaters, to recreation centers, to outdoor settings. The department reaches a wide variety of appreciative audiences at events across Austin, including Juneteenth, tones: Sounds of Asian America, Fiestas Patrias, senior center dances, and the Street Performance Program in coordination with the Music & Entertainment Division. 

Musicians are paid at least $200 per performance hour per musician. Create a City Account to register and apply. Contact Greg Gonzalez with questions.

How to Create a City Account


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Create An Account - For First-Time Users

  • Step 1: Visit the Economic Development Department Application home page to apply. 
  • Step 2: Click the “Create Account” icon. 
  • Step 3: Enter the required information and click the “Submit” button. 
  • Step 4: After completing account creation, you will be prompted to fill out your profile information. 
  • Step 5: After updating your profile information, you will be redirected to the home screen to begin the application process.


How to Redeem Your Access Code

If you have previously applied for a City of Austin Economic Development Department grant or program, you may need to redeem an access code to confirm and access your account. If you received a ‘Your email is connected to our system’ message, follow the steps below to confirm and access your account.

  • Step 1: Visit the Economic Development Department Application home page to apply.
  • Step 2: Click the “Create Account” icon. 
  • Step 3: Enter the required information and click the “Submit” button.   
  • Step 4: If your information is in our database, your access code will be displayed.
  • Step 5: Copy the one-time access code and enter into the Access Code tab. 
  • Step 6: After you confirm your account, you will be directed to complete your account creation using the “Create Account” tab.


Submit Your Qualifications

  • Once you're logged into your City Portal Account, answer all questions to advance to the available programs selection window. This window includes all Economic Development Department programs that you may be eligible for, including the City of Austin Performance Opportunities Submission Form.
  • Select the program and then answer all remaining questions and submit. 
  • Your submission will be added to the selection pool of eligible Austin-area professional creatives for City performance opportunities as they become available.