From cultural events, to outdoor concerts, to film screenings, the City of Austin provides Austin area professional musicians and bands, dancers, and filmmakers paid performance opportunities for live and virtual City events.
The City strives to present a wide-array of diverse talents and genres that equitably represent Austin's unique cultures, heritage, and people. Austin-area professional creatives are encouraged to submit their qualifications to City staff for potential inclusion in the various programs, which take place year-round. See below to learn about each program and find contact information for the appropriate City of Austin department:
- City Council Live Music Proclamations
The City of Austin is incredibly proud of our local music culture, and every Austin City Council meeting includes live City Council Music Proclamation performances during the lunch hour, which can be viewed live at ATXN.tv.
Selected 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 for a Music Proclamation, 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. Contact Erica Shamaly for additional information.
- Electric Lady Bird (Austin Public Library)
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.
Submission rounds are open annually. During open submission periods, upload 1-3 full-length tracks representative of your overall work to the submission form. The tracks should be from a full album or EP released within the last 2 years that you own the rights to. More details are at our FAQ.
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. For more information on live music opportunities at ABIA, contact airport Music Coordinator Michael Pennock at 512-530-6508.
- Music Commission Meetings
Music Commission members take turns recommending a musician or band from the district they represent to be compensated to present a video performance and answer questions about their music at each regular meeting. To determine your Austin Council District, look up your home address, then contact the corresponding Music Commissioner for your Council District. Contact Erica Shamaly for additional information.
- 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. If interested in having a song featured on Music on Hold, contact Erica Shamaly for details.
- Street Performance Program
The Music & Entertainment Division's Street Performance Program presents live and compensated music performances by Austin musicians downtown on Saturdays during the fall and spring months. Contact Erica Shamaly for additional information.