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Funding and Commission | Exhibition and Performance | Professional Development | Residency | Jobs and Internships | Other Opportunities

Imagine AustinCity of Austin Resource Center for Artists and Musicians

ArtistsATX provides a one-stop portal to City of Austin resources and opportunities for the arts. The creation of this website furthers the goals of the Creative Economy Priority Program by centralizing resources from across five different City departments and making it easier than ever to access City resources for the arts. Explore the opportunities below and if you have questions regarding this resource, please send us an email here.

Funding and Commission Opportunities

Funding and Commission Opportunities



Village of the Arts ribbon cutting
5:30 PM. Thursday, September 6th

MINDPOP, Austin Independent School District (AISD) and City of Austin Department of Economic Development, Cultural Arts Division, announce Village of the Arts, a new initiative that provides local artists and arts organizations with studio space at select public schools in exchange for their service to students and families.
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Core Funding Program

The Core Funding Programs offer organizational and project support to local 501c3 arts and culture organizations, as well as qualifying individual artists and organizations.
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Community Initiatives Program

The Community Initiatives Program offers funding to support the marketing, production, and presentation of public performances and exhibitions by nonprofits arts and culture organizations, as well as qualifying individual artists and organizations.
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Cultural Heritage Festivals Program

The Cultural Heritage Festivals Program provides funding to local 501c3 nonprofit organizations, individual artists, and other organizations to strengthen the marketing, production, presentation, and funding of a culturally-specific festival.
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Capacity Building Program

The Capacity Building Program provides funding for individual artists and arts organizations with a budget less than $200,000 to provide professional development opportunities (i.e. conferences, workshops, classes, and memberships) to enhance and strengthen the infrastructure and workforce of Austin’s creative sector.
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Neighborhood Partnering Program

Managed by the Public Works Department, the Neighborhood Partnering Program (NPP) provides opportunities for community and neighborhood organizations to affect public improvements by sharing in the costs of those efforts with the City of Austin government. Public improvements could include such things as works of public art, beautification and enhancement projects, community gardens, and more.
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TEMPO Public Art Program to Activate Locations across Austin

Program expanded to include murals and a temporary intervention on an existing public artwork.

After being displayed in the City’s ten Council districts, the sculptural installations selected for this year’s TEMPO program will be relocated and exhibited together in an exhibition, TEMPO Convergence, as an official part of the East Austin Studio Tour. The works will be presented November 10 – 18 at Edward Rendon Sr. Park, located at 2101 Jesse Segovia Street, Austin.

Public Programs
Guided and self-guided tours for TEMPO and TEMPO Convergence will be held at the times and locations listed below:

TEMPO Convergence Guided Tours
(Participants to meet at the Camacho Activity Center parking lot, 34 Robert T Martinez Jr St. Parking is free but limited.)

November 10 at 11 am - Saturday Strut Opening event
November 14 at 4 pm - TemPUPorary dog walk with Austin Animal Center
November 18 at 4 pm - Sunday Stroll Closing Event
A complete list of public programs is available at

Family Business Loan Program

The Family Business Loan Program is a public-private partnership between the City of Austin, HUD, and participating private lenders to offer low-interest loans to qualified small businesses that are expanding and creating jobs. If you think this is the right program for you or if you would like to get more information, call (512)978-2502 to set an appointment to discuss your project with a Loan Program Advisor.
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Exhibition and Performance Opportunities

Exhibition and Performance Opportunities


TEMPO: Austin’s Temporary Public Art Program

The TEMPO program allows artists to propose and create temporary public artworks in a range of themes suitable for the outdoor environment. It provides the opportunity for innovative, thought provoking artwork that impacts the way people experience their environment, and invites dialogue and interaction with others.
Annual calls for submission can be found at

The People's Gallery

The People’s Gallery is a free exhibition of the work of Austin-area artists within the City of Austin’s City Hall. An opening reception kicks-off the new exhibit each year in February and the exhibit remains on display for one year.
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Austin Public Library

The Austin Public Library system (APL) is composed of a Central Library and 20 branch locations that all offer performance and exhibition opportunities. To locate the various branches around Austin please visit
For artists and performers who seek to use space within APL, we invite them to send their inquiries to the following contacts:

Patti Cook, Youth Program Manager

Sharon Herfurth, Adult Program Manager
To view current programming offered by The Austin Public Library please visit

Sharon Herfurth, Adult Program Manager
To view current exhibits offered by The Austin Public Library please visit


Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development Opportunities


Creating Authentic Professional Relationships Networking Workshop

In this workshop, you will learn valuable tips and strategies to ease the knots in your stomach and get you to where you really want to be: building strong, diverse professional relationships that last and contribute to the bottom line for your business. Patricia V. Hayes will change your perspective on networking utilizing the skills, strategies and tips she has accumulated from over twenty-five years of relationship building. During this workshop, you will build a worksheet that will help you create personalized plan.
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Artists’ Resource Center

Functioning as a no cost meeting and research space for the arts community, the Artist Resource Center offers space for collaboration and the tools for creatives to develop and advance their careers in the arts. Free portfolio reviews by DAC staff.
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Music Revenue Development Workshops

Music & Entertainment Division, City of Austin Economic Development Department Revenue Development Workshops focus on revenue development for musicians. Topics include, how to develop revenue streams by using YouTube, house concerts, music licensing, in classroom-style and panel sessions.
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Venue Summits

Music & Entertainment Division, City of Austin Economic Development Department Venue Summits are held twice a year to ensure Austin’s live music venues stay up-to-date on the latest necessary City permitting and licensing requirements. During these gatherings, various City departments involved in the process are present to provide clarification to regulation changes and also answer any looming questions that venue owners/managers may have.
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Music Summits

Music Summits are held four times per year to promote resource awareness and industry-wide collaboration. The summits help maintain communication between the City and industry stakeholders. These events work as a platform for musicians, music industry professionals, and venue owners to voice their concerns, learn about new City program updates, and network.
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Exploring Entrepreneurship

An ongoing series of panel discussions on general business practices and industry specific topics, including the arts and entertainment industry, with small business owners willing to share their successes and challenges.
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Public Artist Training Program

DAC inaugurates a training program for visual artists this January 2018 in creative design for Public Art with an overview of budgeting, engineering, site selection, and proposal preparation. Students will have the opportunity to dialogue with nationally known public artists. Produced in collaboration with Art in Public Places.
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Peer Panelists

The Peer Panel Review Process ensures fairness in reviewing cultural funding applications, as well as a consistent quality of arts & cultural programming supported by the City of Austin. The Cultural Arts Division utilizes consultants as panelists who demonstrate expertise in a given creative fields.
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BizAid for Creatives: Business Planning for Artists and the Creative Sector

Artists and creatives are businesses too! BizAid Business Orientation For Creatives, focuses on the needs of artist-run-businesses by providing guidance on resources to help with the start-up or expansion of their business. In this session, you will be informed of key questions to consider when developing your business and resources to take you to the next level.
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BizOpen: Commercial Property Requirements

BizOpen serves as a point of contact for new and existing small business owners seeking assistance navigating the Planning and Zoning Department as well as the Development Services Department.
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Business Skills Certificate

Classroom education on a wide range of relevant small business topics is available at a low cost. Taught by The University of Texas Professional Development Program, these classes can really help the small business owner become better prepared for the day-to-day management of a business. Participants who complete any six classes will receive a Business Success Skills Certificate. A complete list of upcoming classes and events at

Austin Center for Events

The Austin Center for Events (ACE) oversees the permitting and planning for temporary special events and festivals in the City of Austin. ACE is an interdepartmental team consisting of representatives from multiple city departments working together to support special event planning and permitting. The Austin Center for Event’s goal is to keep all special events safe while promoting quality of life and boosting economic prosperity through the support of special events.
More information may be found at or by calling the ACE office at (512)974-1000.



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Residency Opportunities

Residency Opportunities


Artist Access Program

Artist Access Program in the Parks Department provides free rehearsal space and low-cost performance space for Austin-based artists.  Applications due December 15. 
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Artist-in-Residence Program

The Artist-in-Residence Program embeds artists within City departments to develop imaginative approaches for community engagement and creative expression. The nine-month residency places a selected artist in a city department to help resolve problems, provide innovative or new process improvements, and engage residents around community issues in creative ways.
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Dougherty Arts Center Visual Artist Residency Program

The Dougherty Arts Center’s new Visual Artist Residency Program is a volunteer work exchange that will provide visual artists with the space, facilities, time, and professional interaction to help them develop as practicing artists in exchange for creating outreach opportunities within our community.
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Jobs and Internships

Jobs and Internships at the City of Austin

Creative Artists opportunities seeking job in the arts.

The Cultural Arts Activity Specialist or Leader is a part-time, temporary or seasonal staff position scheduled to work between 20 – 40 hours per week in an after school program, spring break camp or summer camp setting. Positions may be available at the Dougherty Arts Center, ESB-Mexican American Cultural Center, Carver Museum & Cultural Center and Asian American Resource Center.
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Other Opportunities

Other Opportunities and Resources


ATXgo - ADA Toolkit

Learn nationwide accessibility standards established by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and explore resources for making your venue inclusive and accessible to everyone.

Art in Public Places

The Art in Public Places Program (AIPP) commissions artworks, ranging from murals and sculptures to functional architectural elements, for new and remodeled public facilities. By City ordinance, 2% of all eligible capital improvement project budgets are allocated to commission or purchase public art for that site.
For upcoming calls-for-entry and artists opportunities, visit

LaunchPAD: Public Art Mentorship Program

Interested in a career in public art? Through the LaunchPAD program, AIPP pairs established public artists with visual artists moving into the field of public art, so they can gain expertise while providing services benefitting a public art project for the City.
For upcoming calls-for-entry and artists opportunities, visit

Aipp Maquette Exhibition At Austin-bergstrom International Airport

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ASAP: Art Space Assistance Program

The Art Space Assistance Program (ASAP) provides grants to support non-profits facing permanent displacement, those previously displaced, or those facing lease renewals at substantially higher rates amidst a volatile real estate market. Grants will be made on a competitive basis with priority given to organizations confronting immediate and critical needs.
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Creative Content Incentive Program

The City of Austin offers incentives to qualifying film, television, video game, and visual effects projects equal to 0.50% of wages paid to local workers. Projects produced by an Austin-based company or which significantly promote Austin may be eligible for an additional 0.25% incentive for a total incentive of 0.75%.
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Media Production and Development Zone Incentive

The Media Production and Development Zone incentive, nominated by the City of Austin and administered by the Texas Film Commission, is a two-year exemption on sales and use taxes charged on select equipping of a media production facility.
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Souly Austin

Souly Austin is a program of the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department that provides a flexible set of tools and resources to assist in the formation of merchants associations that will anchor Austin’s business districts. A merchants association is a group of business owners that work together to anchor and stabilize neighboring businesses by organizing around beautification efforts, marketing and promotions, business retention, and economic development activities within a commercial district. Merchants associations act as a unified voice and assist in leading and influencing positive changes in their district.
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