5 Reasons to Donate & #AmplifyYourCuriosity with the Long Center

The time has come — we’re so excited to kick off I Live Here I Give Here’s 24 hours of community giving through Amplify Austin! We’ve made it our mission to continue to lift up our artistic community by providing platforms, resources, and overwhelming support for local artists and arts orgs. But guess what — you’re in luck, because today is the perfect time for you to do the same!

Last year, we raised $40,000 together to keep our local artists performing safely. This year, with your help, we know we can raise $50,000 and push that support even further, because when we give emerging artists a leg up and spotlight community orgs, our shared curiosity brings us closer together. So, here are 5 reasons to donate and #AmplifyYourCuriosity today.

 
Gina Chavez, a tall woman with short dark hair in a white flowy blouse sings straight to the camera
 
 
Reason #1 // 
Because we want more moments like this one 🤩

We all felt the joy of re-emerging and remembering what it was like to have a good time the Austin way — that is, with some unforgettable live performances on stages, in parks, and back at our favorite local venues. It’s time to explore and give into our ATX brand of curiosity that knows a new creative discovery is around every corner. We’re here to help with that, because moments like this one ☝️ are one of a kind.

a crowd sits watching a brightly-lit show on the H-E-B terrace at night
 
 
Reason #2 //
To give up-and-coming creatives a boost

Throughout the last two years, we’ve hunkered down and made it our mission to continue to connect Austinites with artists, industry workers with industry work, and unique stages with those who need them in whatever ways we can.

Just like you, the thing we love most about this place is that stars are born here, so what we do — through shows and experiences, like The Drop-In and Good Vibes Only — is focused on giving those up-and-comings and next-best-things the boost they need to connect, discover, and create. And that goes for the youngest artists out there (shoutout to our Heller Awards high schoolers) plus some extra local love for our local scene.

a stylish black woman with short hair sticks her tonge out at the camera while dancing
 
 
Reason #3 //
To (re)connect with your neighbors

Community connections are a big part of what we believe in here at the LC. That’s meant reconnecting with organizations and partnering with others to not only see how we could grow our relationships, but how we could support them in bigger and better ways.

Last year, we got to know the team at Six Square through a playlist exchange and saw Big Freedia return to the Long Center for their Beyond the Square Festival. There was also a movie premiere with Austin Asian American Film Festival, a fundraiser for the Musician Treatment Foundation to provide critical healthcare for musical artists, and an unforgettable Keep Live Music Alive fest with Black Fret. And with your support during Amplify Austin, just think of all the new connections we can dream up!

a moodily-lit stage is packed with jazz musicians with a standing base in the background and strings in the foreground against a magenta stage scrim

 

 

Reason #4 //
Because there’s no experience like an Austin experience

Austin isn’t called the Live Music Capital of the World for nothing — it’s the city’s bread & butter. This also means that things happen on Austin stages that don’t happen anywhere else, and we’ve been honored to connect our most unique stages with the funds they need to get through these pandemic lows.

These stages are as unique as Austin itself. We’ve got neighborhood joints on every street corner, backdoors in every alley way, with no chance of a boring night out. And for us, we’re pleased to be more than your average performing arts center for not-your-average city, where anyone and everyone can cheer on an Austin FC game, watch the sunset over downtown while living it up at a free show, or catching your favorite celeb for one night only from the best seat in the house.

a group of friedns enjoy a show on the Long Center lawn

 

 

Reason #5 //
Because we have the most fun when we’re together

It’s as simple as that. We’re in the business of creating opportunities — and we mean any opportunity — for Austinites to hang out and enjoy. Your gift to the Long Center during Amplify Austin supports everything that we do, and puts Austin artists at the top of our list as we champion what makes this place the best place to call “home.” Thanks for chipping in to #AmplifyYourCuriosity with us!

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