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Austin, Texas: City Showcase
Sound Advice from the Live Music Capital of
Tuesday, September 25 --- Recorded Archive
Available for Network Members
A myriad of policies and citywide collaboration
help ensure the economic vitality of live music remains at the
forefront of Austin’s appeal as a destination. Music and related
industries had a $1 billion yearly economic impact to Austin in
Yet music cities are challenged with sound
mitigation, venue regulation, entertainment district
redevelopment and livable wages for musicians. Downtown growth
also increases concerns about sound ordinances and the impact of
live music on residential neighborhoods.
Learn how Austin maintains its
reputation as the “Live Music Capital of the World”
with 200 music and entertainment businesses in the downtown
commercial business district.
Live Music Task Force:
Comprised of musicians, venue owners, promoters and
residents, this city council appointed group addresses
music-related issues, including building requirements and
Assessments: How this study determined the value of
music and creative industries.
Sound Enforcement in a Music
City: Austin’s approach to balancing residents’
needs with music vitality.
Developers and Venue Owners: Learn how two new
residential developments worked closely with their
neighboring music venues to address issues of soundproofing.
How to mobilize and motivate
of the music community to partner on initiatives.
Incorporating music into the larger
context of downtown planning and revitalization.
Outdoor Music Venues:
Find out how Austin addresses sound-related complaints that
occur with outdoor venues via stricter requirements and
Busking: Managing an activity that
contributes to street vitality yet is perceived to take away
from venues’ live music selections.