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July 13, 2021

What’s Changed for Music Venues?

By: Elizabeth McQueen

We talked to three club owners about what’s changed for music venues since things have opened back up, plus we  explore the saga behind the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant.

In this episode you’ll hear from:

Angela Tharp from the Flamingo Cantina
Will Bridges from Antone’s
Independent music business manager  Peter Schwarz
James Moody from Mohawk

AUSTIN, TX. May 27, 2021. Mohawk reopens with a sold out performance of Heartless Bastards with The Tender Things. Michael Minasi/KUTX


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December 7, 2021

How Austin’s housing market helped build the music scene, and how it could destroy it

In the latest episode of Pause/Play, we’re looking at how the housing market helped build Austin’s music scene, and how it could be the thing that destroys it.  You'll hear from Austin artists about how the housing market has changed for them over the years and why some of them have decided to leave. You'll also learn about the connection between cheap housing and thriving music scenes, musician incomes, and Austin's housing market from experts Nicky Rowling, Michael Seman, and Audrey McGlinchy. In this episode you’ll hear from: Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel Robert A. Kraft Laura Mendoza…

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November 30, 2021

Bonus! Music Scenes as Economic Clusters

Here's another way to think about music scenes -- they're legitimate economic clusters! Don't know what we mean by that? Well, you can listen to this bonus episode and learn a little economic theory courtesy of Michael Seman, assistant professor in the LEAP Institute for the Arts’ arts management program at Colorado State University.  

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November 16, 2021

Why Taméca Jones, Austin’s Queen of Soul, is leaving for LA

Austin singer and songwriter Taméca Jones is leaving Austin for LA at the end of the year.  In the latest episode, you'll hear the reasons why the Austin Music scene isn’t working for her.  Plus you'll learn more about our music ecosystem. You’ll also hear from and Peter Schwarz  about the reality of music businesses in Austin's music ecosystem. And Nikki Rowling explains how so many businesses operating independently can lead to burnout. Take our Season 3 Survey

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November 2, 2021

We’re Not New York, LA or Nashville. So What Kind of Music City is Austin? Part 1: Dayglow

We’ve said the words Austin music ecosystem so many times on this podcast. But what do we actually mean when we say that? And how is our ecosystem different from other music cities like LA, Nashville or New York? In this episode we'll try to start to answer those questions. First you'll hear from Austin artist Sloan Struble aka Dayglow, who moved to Austin in part because of the music scene and who has no plans to leave.  You'll also hear from three experts Michael Seman, Nikki Rowling and Peter Schwarz, who will shed some light on what Austin's music…

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August 10, 2021

What Do We Do Now?

We look at this latest COVID surge in Austin and ask the question -- What Do We Do Now? In this episode you'll hear from Desmar Walkes, M.D -- Medical Director/Health Authority for the City of Austin. Pat Buchta -- Executive Director or Austin Texas Musicians Aubrey Hays -- Musician Mike Hidalgo -- Musician Autumn Cymone -- Musician Matt the Electrician -- Musician Erin Walter from Parker Woodland Kate Howard -- Musician Jason McNeely -- Managing Partner of Hotel Vegas Jung Kwak PhD, MSW -- Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing specializing in end…

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July 27, 2021

What’s Changed for Musicians?

We talk to musicians about what's changed for them at this stage of the pandemic. You'll learn what they're doing differently creatively and with their businesses and how they're feeling overall about the constantly changing Austin music landscape. In this episode you'll hear from Jay Wile Sara Houser Jon Fichter from Sweet Spirit and Hong King Wigs Caleb de Casper Rene Chavez Stephanie Bergara from Bidi Bidi Banda Tee Double [caption id="attachment_257644" align="alignright" width="532"] Hip-hop artist Tee-Double is pictured in his home studio on July 15, 2021, in Austin. Michael Minasi/KUTX[/caption] [caption id="attachment_257643" align="alignnone" width="318"] Caleb De Casper is pictured…

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