The City of Austin Economic Development Department launched the Austin Live Music Venue Preservation Fund. The Austin City Council established the $15 million Save Austin’s Vital Economic Sectors (SAVES) Fund through Ordinance No. 20201001-052. Austin City Council adopted the final guidelines for the $5 million Austin Live Music Venue Preservation Fund on December 3, 2020 via Resolution No. 20200103-013.
As part of a partnership with the City of Austin, the Long Center for the Performing Arts will provide application assistance, process applications, and administer grant funds.
The Austin Live Music Venue Preservation Fund will be distributed in two phases:
Phase 1: Emergency Funding
Application Opens: December 11, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Application Closes: January 11, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Eligible applicants experiencing immediate risk of closure will receive a $20,000 grant, which the Long Center will distribute in December 2020 and January 2021. Once an applicant is determined to meet the requirements, the Long Center will notify the applicant by email of the grant award. The emergency funding will be available for ACH transfer, mailed to the applicants address listed in the venue application, or be held at the Long Center for pick-up.
Services that will be available to applicants receiving emergency funding include: legal and accounting services; real estate advice and guidance on lease negotiations; and other professional services and long-term planning from community experts.
Applicants who are full time, permanent City of Austin employees
Applicant’s business does not meet all the eligibility requirements
Secretary of State Employer Identification Number (EIN)
Basic Demographic Information
Attestation that Venue meets Live Music Venue Definition in City Code
Attestation of Emergency Need
The City of Austin is no longer accepting applications for the Austin Live Music Venue Preservation Fund Phase 1: Emergency Funding. The deadline for submission expired on January 11, 2021 at 5:00p.m. We are in the process of reviewing all submitted applications and our team will be making final determinations for all applications as soon as possible.
La Cuidad de Austin ya no esta aceptando solicitudes para el Austin Live Music Venue Preservation Fund Fase 1: Emergency Funding. La fecha para aplicar expiró el 11 de enero de 2021 a las 5:00p.m. Estamos en el proceso de revisar todas las aplicaciones enviadas y nuestro equipo hará determinaciones finales lo mas pronto posible.
Phase 2: Enhanced Funding
Eligible applicants can apply for additional grant funding up to $140,000 (this does not include funds received from phase 1.)
Grant recipients must complete a technical assistance evaluation and an Equity Strategic Plan in order to apply for more funds during the second phase
The funding will be distributed in monthly payments with a maximum of $40,000 per month.
Austin Live Music Venue Preservation Fund Program Metrics
Helpful Recovery Resources:
City of Austin’s ATXRecovers.com – A one-stop resource to help businesses and individuals recover from the financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
City of Austin Economic Development Department’s Small Business Resources Directory — Database of local, state, federal, and community resources. Filter by “Disaster Relief” to find immediate support for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
What is technical assistance? Technical assistance services are available at no cost to Austin Live Music Venue Preservation Fund recipients. Services include: legal and accounting services; real estate advice and guidance on lease negotiations; and other professional services and long-term planning from community experts.
Am I required to complete technical assistance? As outlined in the program guidelines approved by the Austin City Council on October 15, 2020, every Austin Live Music Venue Preservation Fund grant recipient is required to complete a technical assistance evaluation before applying for Phase 2: Enhanced Funding.
What is Equity Strategic Plan? The Equity Strategic Plan identifies opportunities for venues to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion. As outlined in the program guidelines approved by the Austin City Council on October 15, 2020, each Austin Live Music Venue Preservation Fund grant recipient is required to complete an Equity Strategic Plan before applying for Phase 2: Enhanced Funding. Grant recipients will receive equity consulting services at no cost.