The Public Performance Program provides paid opportunities for Austin musicians and bands to play live at various locations throughout the year. The Music & Entertainment Division pays performers the City of Austin Musician Standard Rate of Pay of $200 per musician per performance hour. Create Your City Account to register and submit qualifications. Contact Greg Gonzalez for details.

Learn about other City of Austin Performance Opportunities.

Sound ON!

ATXN, the City of Austin government access channel, is thrilled to announce the premiere of its newest music series, "Sound ON!" This groundbreaking show follows in the footsteps of ATXN’s Emmy-award winning series "Notes in Time" and promises to be a captivating experience for music enthusiasts.

"Sound ON!" brings Austin’s vibrant music scene to the forefront, showcasing the city's hottest musicians with live performances and in-depth interviews. The series spotlights both established and up-and-coming artists across genres and generations, celebrating the diverse musical landscape that makes Austin a renowned cultural hub.

A collaboration between ATXN, Ice Cream Factory Studio and the City's Music & Entertainment Division, "Sound ON!" reflects the city's commitment to nurturing and promoting its vibrant music culture. This body of work promises to be a must-watch series, capturing the essence of Austin's musical spirit and contributing to the city's legacy as a cultural powerhouse.

Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting

Zilker Holiday Tree Photo




A collaboration with the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department, this family affair invites all of Austin to kick off the holiday season in Zilker Park for the Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. 

This annual event adorns the evening with sights and sounds with performances by Austin's talented musicians and entertainment.

Vinyl Brunch

Vinyl Brunch at the Carver Library Poster




Vinyl Brunch is an ongoing collaboration with the Austin Public Library featuring local DJs spinning from the unique vinyl collection only offered at the Carver Branch. Featured 2023 Artists included:

Future Soul, August 6

DJ Shani, August 13

JT Donaldson, August 20

DJ Mahealani, August 27



Live from the Library Rooftop
APL Live from the Library Poster



Live from the Library Rooftop is a video series collaboration between, Austin Public Library, and the Music & Entertainment Division featuring local musicians and bands at the Central Library rooftop garden. Featured 2023 Artists included:

Julian Acosta, September 5

Cast Iron Shoes, September 12

Marco Antonio Santos, September 19

NOA, September 26



Sunset on 2nd St Live Music Series (2023)

Sunset on 2nd St Live Music Series Poster



Sunset on 2nd St featured live performances in Austin's Downtown 2nd Street District in partnership with Trammell Crowe Development Group and MSD Partners each Thursday in May 2023. Featured Artists included:

Waché and DJ Raquiqui, May 4

Kupira Marimba and DJ Tropidelico, May 11

The Relevators and DJ Westen, May 18

Jeff Hughes & Chaparral and DJ Mahealeani, May 25



Street Performance Program (2018-2019)
list of 2019 street performance program performers (text of list is below)
Street Performance Program 2018
How to Create a City Account

Watch an Informational Video About City Portal Accounts

Watch a video on How to Create a City Account.  | Cómo crear una cuenta con la Ciudad.

Create An Account – For First-Time Users

  • Step 1: Visit the Economic Development Department Application Portal.
  • 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 Portal.
  • 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.