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Miles Bloxson and Elizabeth McQueen

April 5, 2022

The Return of SXSW

We’re taking a look at the first in-person SXSW in 3 years. You’ll hear from rapper and event curator J Soulja, bartender and co-founder of the Amplified Sound Coalition Jeanette Gregor, artist manager Andi Narvaez, Cheer-Up Charlie’s owners Maggie Lea and Tamara Hoover, musician and composer Graham Reynolds, freelance writer Brianna Caleri, artist, instrumentalist, bandleader and soundman Thomas Cook, and musician Jackie Venson.

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March 29, 2022

Bonus! A City Department just raised their rate for musicians to $200 per hour.

The City of Austin’s Economic Development Department just raised their rate of pay for musicians to $200 per hour per musician. Hear why that happened, and how they hope this change will inspire other departments.

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March 7, 2022

What Mayor Adler has to say about the Live Music Fund

Hear what Austin Mayor Steve Adler has to say about the history of the Live Music Fund, why he raised concerns about the Live Music Fund Event Program, and what he thinks should guide the conversation moving forward.

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March 1, 2022

The city has millions of dollars to support the Austin music scene. But who gets the money?

We’re looking at the Live Music Fund. We’ll tell you what it is, how it came to be, and we’ll explore the conversation around who gets the money.

You’ll hear from various people across the spectrum of Austin’s live music ecosystem.

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February 15, 2022

Musician pay for live shows in Austin hasn’t changed in 40 years. Here are some other ways they’ve found to make money with music.

Austin musicians are making the same amount of money per gig as they did in 1979. In the latest episode, we look at gig pay through the years and talk to musicians Greg Clifford and Beto Martinez about how they’ve found ways to make money from music that don’t involve playing live.

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February 1, 2022

Live music doesn’t always pay the bills. So what else can you do?

First, you’ll learn how much money the average Austin musician makes per gig, and why it can be hard to make a living playing live music.

Then you’ll learn all about an alternate revenue stream for musicians — sync licensing. Nathalie Phan, founder of SoundSync Music, will explain the ins and outs of sync licensing from an agent’s perspective and Austin rapper Tee-Double will walk you through the artist’s perspective.
Then you’ll learn all about an alternate revenue stream for musicians — sync licensing. Nathalie Phan, founder of SoundSync Music will explain the ins and outs of sync licensing from an agency’s perspective and then Austin hip-hop artist Tee-Double will walk you through the artist’s perspective.

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January 18, 2022

Could affordable housing save Austin’s music scene?

In the latest episode, you’ll learn how Austin non-profit Foundation Communities helped musician James Shelton find affordable housing the central Austin. And you’ll get a crash course in how affordable housing works from Foundation Communities Executive Director, Walter Moreau.

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January 4, 2022

Bonus! Gina Chavez and Joe Greenwald at ACL Music Festival

Miles Bloxson spoke with Latin Grammy nominee Gina Chavez and artist manager Joe Greenwald at the Austin City Limits Music Festival back in October of 2021. They talked about navigating the pandemic and issues facing the Austin music scene.

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About

In each episode of “Pause/Play,” you’ll hear the stories of artists, venues, festivals, music non-profits and more.
Hosts Miles Bloxson and Elizabeth McQueen have been collecting first-person stories from across the spectrum of the live music scene about what the shutdown has been like, how people are adapting, their survival strategies, what help they’ve received and what they think is possible on the other side of the pandemic.
Listen to “Pause/Play” to learn about the experiences of the people make Austin the Live Music Capital of the World. Each one of them helps drive the billion dollar-plus live music scene that helped put Austin on the map and has made it one of the most desirable places in the country to live and work.

Miles Bloxson

Miles Bloxson is a producer and host for KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9. Bloxson co-hosts Pause/Play, a podcast from KUT and KUTX Studios about live music, a global pandemic and what comes next.

The Austin native and UT Austin graduate has a passion for technology, music and pop culture. She has interviewed such stars as Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Kristin Chenoweth, Morgan Freeman, Cee-Lo Green, Forest Whitaker and Robert Townsend.

She is the host and creator of the podcast and lifestyle brand Miles to Mogul.


Elizabeth McQueen

Elizabeth McQueen is an audio producer and podcast host at KUTX 98.9, Austin’s NPR music station. McQueen is also the featured host of the podcast, “This Song,” and the producer of “The Breaks,” a hip-hop podcast. Prior to her career in radio and podcasting, Elizabeth was a professional musician who started and played for the band, “Elizabeth McQueen and the Firebrands,” and later joined the legendary Western Swing band, “Asleep at the Wheel.”

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