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

City sponsored events highlight Austin's diverse talent and genres that equitably represent the city's unique cultures, heritage, and people. Austin-area professional creatives are encouraged to submit their qualifications for consideration in the various City programs, which take place year-round.

Musician Pay & Compensation

Musicians are compensated a fair market rate for performances. Learn below about the various City programs, including rates of pay and application processes.


Create Your City Account to Submit Qualifications

An account isn't required to apply for all performance opportunities but we encourage you to sign up:

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. 


Performance Opportunities

Learn about each City program and how to apply:

Music & Entertainment Division

The Economic Development Department's Music & Entertainment Division pays a Musician Standard Rate of Pay of $200 per performance hour per musician. Create Your City Account to register and apply for the following division programs. Contact Greg Gonzalez with questions.

Music Commission Meetings

Music Commission members take turns recommending a musician or band from the district they represent 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


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. 


Music Proclamations

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 broadcasted live on

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.


Street Performance Program

The Street Performance Program presents live music performances by a diverse selection of Austin musicians at various downtown locations during the fall and spring months. 

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 $150 per solo performance and $150 per musician up to $750 for bands or groups. 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.