Funding Programs

Grants and funding for creatives and creative businesses to survive and thrive. Contact Kim McCarson for details:

Artist Development

Professional development and compensation opportunities for local musicians to increase earnings and build careers. Contact Greg Gonzalez for details:

  • City of Austin Performance Opportunities – Ongoing paid performances for Austin musicians and bands.
  • Public Performance Program – Ongoing Music & Entertainment Division paid performances by Austin musicians and bands in coordination with the Music Commission and other City of Austin departments.
  • Music Proclamations for City Hall Sessions – Live performances during Austin City Council meetings.
  • Sound ON! – Showcases the city's most exciting musicians with paid live performances and in-depth interviews.
  • Music on Hold –  Listen to a well-curated and licensed playlist of Austin music when calling the City telephone system and placed on hold.

Program Partnerships

Local, national and international partnerships. Contact Erica Shamaly for details:


Services & Assistance

Assistance for creatives and creative businesses in City operating, permitting, and code requirements. Contact Kim McCarson for details:

  • Permits for Music, Film, Creative Spaces & Events – Informs and connects music, special event, and film communities to other City departments and agencies for permits.
  • Community Engagement
    • Musicians and Live Music & Entertainment Venues – Gathers stakeholders around new and updated policies and rules to collect and share community feedback.
    • Live Music Fund – Gathered music stakeholders to inform Music Commission recommendations for guidelines and implementation.
    • Entertainment & Amplified Sound Compatibility – Identified compatibility recommendations for live music & entertainment venues and residents.
    • $12M Bond for Creative Space – 2018 City of Austin bond proposition for acquisition and improvement of local creative spaces.