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.

Create Your City Account to Submit Qualifications

Only required for some City of Austin performance opportunities.

How to Create a City Account

 

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Log into Your Existing Portal Account or Create a New Portal Account 

Previous City Applicants 

For those that are in our database or have applied for a City of Austin Economic Development Department program within the last two years.  

  • Step 1: Visit the Economic Development Department Application home page to apply.  
  • Step 2: Once you arrive on the online portal, click the “Register” button.  
  • Step 3: Click the “Register” tab. Enter the required information then click the “Register” button.  
  • Step 4: When prompted, copy the invitation code. Then, click on the “Redeem Invitation” tab.  
  • Step 5: When prompted, paste the invitation code from the previous step. Then click the "Register" button.  
  • Step 6: After you click “Register”, it automatically takes you back to the “Sign In” page with a message in blue. Click on the “Register” tab once again to create a username and password.  
  • Step 7: From the home screen, click "Apply". Then, you will begin the application process. 

 

New City Applicants 

For those who have not applied for a City of Austin Economic Development Department program within the last two years.  

  • Step 1: Visit the Economic Development Department Application home page to apply. 
  • Step 2: Once you arrive on the online portal, click the “Register” button.  
  • Step 3: Click on the “Register” tab to sign up for a new account.  
  • Step 4: Enter the required information and click the “Register” button.  
  • Step 5: From the home screen, click "Apply". Then, you will begin the application process. 

 

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 program and find information for submitting qualifications to the appropriate department.

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.

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 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.

Faces of Austin

Annual program showcasing short films by local filmmakers reflecting the diverse faces, voices, and experiences of our City. Faces of Austin films are shown on ATXN.tv and at special screenings throughout the year. 

Follow the Create a City Account steps, then visit the Economic Development Department Application home page to register or log in and submit your qualifications. Contact Greg Gonzalez with questions.

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

Follow the Create a City Account steps, then visit the Economic Development Department Application home page to register or log in and submit your qualifications. Contact Greg Gonzalez with questions.

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. 

Follow the Create a City Account steps, then visit the Economic Development Department Application home page to register or log in and submit your qualifications. Contact Greg Gonzalez with questions.

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 ATXN.tv.

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.

Follow the Create a City Account steps, then visit the Economic Development Department Application home page to register or log in and submit your qualifications. Contact Greg Gonzalez with questions.

Parks and Recreation

Hires musicians at venues ranging from theaters, to recreation centers, to outdoor venues.  Parks and Recreation 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 with the Economic Development Department. 

Follow the Create a City Account steps, then visit the Economic Development Department Application home page to register or log in and submit your qualifications. Contact Greg Gonzalez with questions.

Street Performance Program

The Street Performance Program presents live and compensated music performances by Austin musicians downtown on Saturdays during the fall and spring months. 

Follow the Create a City Account steps, then visit the Economic Development Department Application home page to register or log in and submit your qualifications. Contact Greg Gonzalez with questions.