The City of Austin Music Commission is conducting a survey to learn more about the experiences of performing musicians before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. The commission hopes to use the data gathered to improve conditions and outcomes for Austin’s live music performers.
If you are a musician in Austin, please take the survey before the end of February, and share it widely in your circles, as well.
HAAM provides access to affordable health care for Austin’s low-income, uninsured working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness. This includes routine dental work doctor visits and prescriptions, psychiatric counseling sessions, eye exams, out-patient procedures, specialist referrals, hearing screenings and more.
The SIMS Foundation provides access and financial support for mental health and addiction recovery to Austin music professionals (this includes not only musicians, but music industry jobs like sound engineer, lighting technician, band/tour manager, venue owner, DJ and booking agent.) Family members are also included. SIMS clinicians can provide short-term counseling and match you to one of 70+ therapists, psychiatrists, or addiction recovery partners in our SIMS Provider Network for ongoing treatment.
DAWA is a safety net for people of color – specifically, musicians, artists, social workers, teachers, healing practitioners, and service industry workers – who are experiencing short term life crisis. Applicants can apply to receive direct financial assistance.
Austin Music Foundation (AMF) is a nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to supporting independent artists and music professionals at all stages of their careers. AMF serves as a critical bridge to economic opportunity and career sustainability for Austin’s creative class. AMF supports artists through educational development programming. Additionally, AMF hosts an annual, free, in-person expo connecting musicians with resources like those listed on this page (and more.)
KUTX strives to be a platform for emerging artists, particularly Austin and Texas acts. By familiarizing our listeners with these artists, we increase the chances that our listeners will also support them – by buying music and merch, attending shows, and exerting their influence as champions for our music scene. To help an unfamiliar track or emerging artist become a listener’s new favorite (i.e., something they’re willing to support) we do two things: 1) we play the song alongside more recognizable tracks and 2) we play the song often. Though KUTX’s song rotation is looser than that of our commercial and Top-40 counterparts, it is still tight, by design. A tight rotation results in greater listener familiarity with a song/artist, but it also means limited real estate for new music. If your music doesn’t make it into our regular rotation, there are other places for which it may still be a good fit. Visit this page to learn about our submission guidelines.