Music News 3.7.17

Chance the Rapper Donates $1 Million to Chicago Public Schools

Yesterday Chance the Rapper held a press conference at Chicago’s Westcott Elementary School where he announced $1 million donation to Chicago Public Schools. The announcement follows days after a meeting between the Grammy winner and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner that Chance said resulted in nothing but “vague answers” to questions concerning education funding. The donation will be funded by ticket sales from Chance the Rapper’s upcoming tour with extra support from Live Nation, AEG, and other independent promoters. Chance also called for other companies to donate, saying his Social Works nonprofit will donate an additional $10,000 for every $100,000 donated. Michelle Obama tweeted to Chance afterwards, thanking him for his donation and calling him an “example of the power of arts education.”




Austin Music Industry Award Recap

The Austin Music Awards are next week, but last night the Palm Door on Sixth Street held the 3rd annual Austin Music Industry Awards, hosted by the Austin Chronicle’s Chase Hoffberger and Kevin Curtain with house music provided by Berkshire Hounds. Saxon Pub took home awards for Best Live Music Venue, Club Sound, Best Music Venue to Play, and Best Ongoing Music Residency for Lonelyland and Bob Schneider. Barracuda won Best New Club, Modern Outsider got Best Local Label, and Waterloo Records took home Best Record Store. On the radio side of things, Sun Radio won Best Radio Station with 101X’s Jason and Deb taking the award for Best Radio Music Program. And Sweet Spirit and A Giant Dog’s Sabrina Ellis gave an eloquent and enthusiastic speech to present KUTX’s own Laurie Gallardo with the award for Best Radio Personality. Read all the winners here.

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