Music is the heartbeat of Austin. That’s why the City of Austin Music and Entertainment Division, the Austin Music Foundation and KUTX have teamed up once again to declare February Love Austin Music Month. We want you to be part of it, too! Here are a few ways to support your music scene this month:
Throughout February, Laurie Gallardo’s Austin Music Minute will highlight live streams and other virtual performances from Austin artists, Miles Bloxson will feature profiles of Black Austin artists in honor of Black History Month, and every Wednesday KUTX will partner with NPR Music to shine a light on a light on our city’s music scene.
- Listen to an all-Austin stream like KUTX’s stream at Austin Bergstrom International Airport or Austin Public Library’s Electric Ladybird.
- Check out (and amplify) KUTX host Miles’ 2021 Black History Month profiles
- Get to know folks in your scene and their great taste in music through KUTX’s guest DJ hour, My KUTX.
- Catch up on our newest podcast, Pause/Play, which explores the effects of the pandemic on Austin’s music scene – from musicians to promoters to venue owners.
- Help get #loveaustinmusic trending on social media in Austin!
- Pledge to turn 5 friends outside of Austin on to 5 Austin-area artists.
- Amplify your favorite Austin artists’ videos on social
Now more than ever, Austin music needs your support. Make a gift in honor of Love Austin Music Month to one of the many non-profit organizations that support Austin music. These are just a few to consider …
- Here’s a two-fer: Buy Austin music while supporting one of our local record stores! Many are offering curbside pickup.
- Support the Austin Music Foundation by purchasing their new compilation, ATX Gen Next: Adventures in Lockdown, featuring music from Austin artists in AMF’s Artist Development Program.
- If you can afford to, buy music and merch from your Austin artists on their websites. (A band shirt makes a great Valentine’s gift for an out-of-town music-lover or Austin ex-pat.)
- While you watch live streams, tip like it’s the holidays! Some performing artists use Venmo or other platforms to collect extra revenue during performances.
- If you have to venture outside your home this month, consider carrying a little cash so you can show some (socially-distant) love for your local busker (who may one day be a GRAMMY nominee, like this guy.)