Musicians and venue managers are holding a rally at City Hall in November 2020 to request funding for Music Aid. (Photo by Jana Birchum)
Help is on the way for Austin’s music community in the form of a grant program. The purpose of the grant is to assist individuals working in Austin’s music industry who have been impacted by the economic impact of COVID-19. This relief round will be federally funded, unlike previous years’ city-funded programs of the same name.
Earlier this month, the Austin City Council threw a bone to the area’s music scene by allocating $4 million from the US Bailout Act money received by the city to directly support Austin’s music community. the City of Austin Department of Economic Development set aside $2.3 million of that money for the Austin Music Disaster Relief Grant. This is an increase from the $1.5 million the city’s music industry workers received in 2020. Although it’s not yet clear what the rest of the $4 million will go to. dollars, the money has been spent on things like helping struggling venues in the past.
The Austin Music Disaster Relief Grant provides a Payment of $2,000 for “unlimited use” to professional musicians, independent promoters and workers in the music industry. “Unrestricted” is the term in town, so we can only guess that means they won’t ask for receipts afterwards.
Applications opened on January 10 and will close on January 28 at 5 p.m. To be eligible for the grant, applicants must belong to at least one of the following categories:
You must prove that you have regularly performed (solo or in a group) live shows in front of the public for 2 years or show that you have released at least six recordings (singles) or music videos in the last 2 years. That music video you shot could still make you money. Screenshots of flyers and merchandise are also acceptable documents as evidence. Maybe send them a koozie and a sticker with your application.
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You must prove that your main income is from industry. These may include sound engineers, room staff and “associated staff working in organizations in the sector”. So get that updated resume and a letter from your boss.
You must have documentation showing at least two years of promoting live music shows. Band contracts, show flyers and any purchased advertising are some of the accepted forms of proof. If you have more than three people working for you, you do not count as a freelancer.
The grant is not available to businesses, organizations, government agencies, public authorities, or City of Austin employees.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of application and you must reside in the Austin Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area. What is it, you say? It is made up of the counties of Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell. So all rockers from as far north as Florence and as far as Luling can take part in this. All entries will be judged by a scoring matrix, which can be found on the the city website. This matrix, which works on a points system, includes, among other things, how much you have earned, how many times you have had to move due to financial difficulties, access to health care, high-speed Internet access, household expenses and whether you received a grant. last time. Down without internet? No healthcare and messed up the app last year? You’re lucky! You might actually score here.
Questions? The Long Center and Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts have partnered with the city to help applicants navigate the process. There is also a free webinar on YouTube to help you.
For more information and to apply, go to the city website.
For technical assistance and application status, contact The Long Center by email [email protected] or by phone at 512/457-5130.
For questions about eligibility and application assistance, contact TALA by email [email protected] or by phone at 512/575-2826.