What happened to Austin’s live music scene after the shutdown of SXSW?
On March 6th, 2020 the Austin City government canceled SXSW. That decision had an economic ripple effect throughout the city. It also marked the true beginning of the COVID-19 crisis for Austin. In this episode, hosts Miles Bloxson and Elizabeth McQueen explore why Austin calls itself the Live Music Capital of the World. They’ll look at the effect that the cancellation of SXSW and the subsequent shut down of the bars had on Austin through the experiences of some of the musicians, venue owners, venue staff, and music non-profits who make up this live music ecosystem.
In this episode you’ll hear the voices of:
Reenie Collins — CEO of The Heath Alliance of Austin Musicians
Pat Buchta — Executive Director of Austin Texas Musicians
Cody Cowan — Executive Director of the Red River Cultural District
Qunicy Dunlap — President and CEO of the Austin Urban League
Maggie Lea and Tamara Hoover — owners of Cheer Up Charlies
Homer Hill — Executive Director of the Urban Music Fest