The Crisis In Music In Austin: Crisis Or Opportunity?

How can we protect the unique soul of Austin and its musical history, identity, and culture, without prohibiting growth, innovation and the inclusion of new ideas & people into Austin’s ecosystem? This seems to be one of the most pressing questions of the hour. Thankfully, Austin has citizens like Stephen Kinney and Philip Marshall, passionate enough to pioneer the next wave of reform for the good of Austin’s coveted musical environment.

I was lucky enough to spend over an hour’s time chatting with the two masterminds of the upcoming industry event, “The Crisis of Music in Austin.” Philip, a veteran musician in the Austin scene, and Steve, founder of The Front Porch, a local non-profit focused on building community through music and dialogue, were the driving force behind curating what’s to be an invigorating and informative event.

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On September the 15th, the All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Austin will be filled to the brim with industry leaders and community members from across the ATX, all working towards bettering Austin’s Music ecosystem. NPR’s John Burnett will moderate an engaging panel including Mayor Steve Adler, Jennifer Houlihan (Austin Music People), Harold McMillan (Kenny Dorham’s Backyard), Dr. John Mills (Butler School of Music, UT Austin), Nicole Bogatz (Austin Federation of Musicians), Eve Monsees (Antone’s Records), Will Bridges (Deep Eddy Cabaret/Arlyn Studios).

The event will also include a keynote presentation by acclaimed music author and music historian Ted Gioia, as well as a live performance from the Philip Marshall Trio. Simultaneously, KUT’s Views and Brews will also be recording and podcasting the entire event. This event is SXSW level serious, and the parties involved hope to use the credibility of this influential group to fuel the conversation and stimulate action towards fixing the current issues in Austin’s music industry.

“The Crisis In Music In Austin” is shaping up to be one of the most credible and impactful music industry events of the year, and it’s effects will be felt in Austin’s music industry for months to come. As a community, we need to re-insert value into music and the arts in Austin.

We need to develop the opportunities afforded to creatives, professionals and amateurs alike, and protect them from being manipulated or leveraged maliciously by other industry sectors. This event is turning a crisis into an opportunity, to start building momentum and to begin working towards molding our vision of Austin’s music industry of tomorrow.

Stephen and Philip know that this event will be the first of many, as a follow-up event for the Spring is already in the works. More gatherings will be planned, more people connected, more solutions identified. Coho events is proud to partner with The Front Porch, Mayor Adler, and all of the incredible parties included to curate this special evening of analysis and action. Make sure to reserve your tickets now, as there is limited seating available. Can’t wait to see you there!

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