The Austin Music Foundation is thrilled to announce that “Feel the Love” is back for its third year. The popular expo, which featured 20 music nonprofits and support organizations last year, is an annual event for professionals in the Austin music industry. Attendance is free and open to the public. The expo will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Emo’s located at 2015 E. Riverside Dr.Austin Mayor Steve Adler will kick off the night with opening remarks, followed by a short acoustic set by SaulPaul.The evening will be hosted by Matt Reilly, Program Director of KUTX. To RSVP, please go to www.austinmusicfoundation.org.
Participating organizations have also been announced and will include: Arts & Entertainment Legal Clinic, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, Austin Federation of Musicians, Austin Independent Business Alliance, Austin School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Beyond the Grade, Black Fret, Central Texas Bluegrass Association, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), Indian Classical Music Circle of Austin (ICMCA), Kids in a New Groove, KUTX, Music Moves Mountains Foundation, Rancho Alegre Radio, SIMS Foundation, Somuma, Swan Songs, Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA), Texas Music Museum and Texas Music Office.
AMF is also very proud to announce the launch of its inaugural Artist Development Program. Designed by the Austin Music Foundation along with leading music industry professionals, the intensive seven-month program will prepare a select group of emerging artists for the next step in their careersby providing advanced-level business education, expert mentoring and high-visibility opportunities.The program will involve monthly classroom-focused group sessions along with tailored breakout sessions between artists and mentors.Artists selected for the inaugural year are Charlie Faye, Gina Chavez, Jackie Venson, Jane Ellen Bryant, James Junius, Magna Carda and Migrant Kids.
“AMF is meeting the needs identified within the Austin Music Census,” said Danny Gillespie, Austin Music Foundation Board of Directors President. “By applying our industry expertise and building on the organization’s existing artist support services, which include free educational panels and ongoing consultations, the Artist Development Program will prepare seven local artists at pivotal stages in their music careers for an optimal future.”
“I’m really excited to be working with The Austin Music Foundation’s Artist Development Program,” said Johnny Goudie, AMF Artist Consultant and Musician. “I feel like we’re working with some artists on the verge of ‘breaking out’ and we’ve developed a program that can help each of them, individually, be as prepared as they can when it happens.”