City Of Austin Music Commission Meeting, November 4th 2019
The music commissioners decided to form a committee on how to spend the upcoming HOT money. Each commissioner nominated someone from the community to serve on that committee which will include 11 or 12 people, 3 to 5 will be current commissioners. Cody Cowan, Executive Director of the Red River Cultural District spoke about the current efforts to clean up the alleyways around Red River venues (area between 7th and 8th) and overall safety issues in the area. Representatives from C3 spoke about the economic impact of ACL Festival on the Austin economy and discussed questions/concerns from commissioners regarding C3's current efforts to support underserved communities here and the local music ecosystem. Lastly, Kim McCArson who is the Economic and business Liaison for the City of Austin Music and Entertainment Division presented a report on the 2019 Creative Spaces Assistance Program (CSAP). CSAP received $750,000 in assistance from the city budget.
Union Member, City affairs Committee Member and Music Commission Candidate, Tom Van Schaik said, "The following music commission meetings are super important to attend. They are now starting the process of deciding the best way to use the money coming in from the HOT tax. These meetings are open to the public and we should encourage members of the union to attend and use their voices and share their ideas. They will be choosing members of a "work group" soon and member input is important and should be encouraged!"
By City Affairs Committee Member, Chris Bell