Coho Events Host Of The Year: Stephen Kinney

Happy new year Cohomies!

2016 was incredible year for the Coho Events team to say the least. In the past 12 months the CE crew connected with passionate brands and nonprofits across the country. We witnessed electrifying events that wouldn’t have been possible without the energy invested by all of the Coho family utilizing our platform to create unforgettable experiences for their communities.

We’re happy to take a moment to recognize one special person as Coho Event’s Host Of The Year: Dr. Stephen Kinney! Dr. Kinney is a well spoken and hard working man with sincere vision to unite people, period, regardless of beliefs or circumstance. His dedication to creating community through engaging dialogues and amplified arts endeavors has certainly not gone unnoticed in the Austin area.

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Stephen spearheads The Front Porch, an Austin based organization dedicated to building compassionate community through over 50 dialogue focused events a year. The Coho team was thrilled to take part in The Crisis In Music In Austin, a special night of music industry discussion cohosted by Philip Marshall and featuring Austin Mayor Steve Adler and music historian Ted Gioia. We’re looking forward to Dr. Kinney’s follow up gathering about Austin music industry dialogue, slated for sometime in 2017.

Coming up in March, Dr. Kinney’s Front Porch is throwing an incredibly joyous event called the Easter Vigil. This gathering at sunset will include music and entertainment, hosted by community leaders and members from all faiths and backgrounds to celebrate together without boundaries.It’s sure to be a real celebration of life for any and all!

Our own Cohomie Louis Pratt had the pleasure of sitting down with Stephen to discuss his personal ethos on events and community. Check in with the interview and be sure to keep good ear open for all the exciting events Stephen and The Front Porch have in store for 2017.

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!