AUSTIN (KXAN) – A rally to save live music venues rang out in front of Austin City Hall Monday morning.
The Austin Texas Musicians nonprofit advocacy group joined forces with the Amplified Sound Coalition to demand a Music Venue Preservation Fund.
Local musicians say they fear Austin’s culture will change forever without this funding.
So they are coming forward now to make their voices heard.
“I love the support of our community to see people come together and they are not just musicians,” said local musician Lauryn Gould. “They’re venue owners, they’re sound engineers, stage managers, bartenders. Everyone who works in this industry is having a hard time right now and it’s really nice to see everyone coming together to support each other.”
Austin City Council recently voted to find additional support for local music and art venues. In July, a survey commissioned by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce found that most owners of live music venues, restaurants, and bars in Austin believed they could close or close by Halloween.
The survey, which polled 1,050 participants, found that 62% of live music venues and 55% of Austin area restaurant bars said they could last for four months (or less) under their current conditions.
The survey also found that the live music industry has laid off most of the full-time employees of these companies.
One respondent said, “I think there is a real risk that 90% of independent music venues will be lost in the coming months.”