The City of Austin Music & Entertainment Division—part of the Economic Development Department—manages programming, services, and funding to diversify and accelerate the growth of Austin's commercial and nonprofit music and entertainment industries. We serve as a central liaison and resource for all music industry stakeholders in order to promote increased jobs, compensation, sector development, nightlife compatibility, and talent export in Austin.

Visit Artist Career Training to apply by September 6th, 2022, and for the latest resources and funding opportunities.

Funding Programs

Funding opportunities for creatives and creative businesses to survive and thrive. Contact Kim McCarson for details:

Artist Development Programs

Professional development and compensation opportunities for local musicians to increase earnings and build careers. Music & Entertainment Division supported programs compensate each musician at $200 per performance hour. Contact Erica Shamaly for details:

  • City Council Live Music Proclamations
    Austin City Council meetings include live Music Proclamation performances during the lunch hour live at
  • Faces of Austin
    Annual program showcasing short films by local filmmakers reflecting the diverse faces, voices, and experiences of our City.
  • Music Commission Meetings
    Music Commissioners 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.
  • Music on Hold
    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.
  • Street Performance Program
    Live and unamplified music performances by Austin musicians downtown on Saturdays during the fall and spring months.
  • City of Austin Performance Opportunities
    Several City departments have opportunities for Austin-area musicians and bands to be considered for live and virtual performances during their programs and events.

Music & Entertainment Services

Serves as an ombudsman and resource for creatives and creative businesses about City operating, permitting, and code enforcement requirements, and acts as a liaison for these groups to other City Departments. Contact Kim McCarson for details: