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IT LOOKS LIKE WE'VE GOT QUORUM

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ON BOTH BOTH BODIES.

[CALL TO ORDER]

SO, UH, CHUCK, IF YOU DON'T MIND, I'M GOING TO CALL THE ARTS COMMISSIONS HALF OF THIS JOINT MEETING TO ORDER, UH, MONDAY, APRIL 27TH, 3:03 PM.

I'M GONNA DO A QUICK ROLL CALL.

UH, I SEE COMMISSIONER MOCK COMMISSIONER RESISTANT.

VICE-CHAIR POLGAR COMMISSIONER FLORES, UH, COMMISSIONER VANDYKE, UH, COMMISSIONER KEON AND MYSELF CHACO LET'S CALL A STAIN OR A HAIL.

WE GOT COMMISSIONED TO GOLD.

I THINK I SEE A COMMISSIONER IN CHARLOTTE PATTERSON.

I SEE GAVIN GARCIA AND THE HOUSE GUYS, A COMMISSIONER, MANY CHILD, AND, UH, WE GOT A NATIONAL PIKE AND THE HOUSE MISSIONER REYNOLDS.

UM, AND THAT LOOKS LIKE THIS IT WELCOME.

THANK YOU.

UH, I JUST WANTED

[CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

TO, BEFORE WE START, I WANTED TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT WE'RE LIMITED ON TIME TODAY.

WE'VE GOT A DEFINITE CUTOFF AT FIVE O'CLOCK.

SO WE'VE GOT A TIGHT AGENDA TODAY.

UH, WE DO WANT OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMISSIONERS SHOULD DISCUSS PRESENTATIONS AS WELL.

THIS IS JUST A REMINDER FOR THOSE, UH, SPEAKING OF CITIZENS COMMUNICATION.

YOU HAVE A THREE MINUTE TIME LIMIT.

UH WE'RE WE'RE NOT TRYING TO BE RUDE, BUT YOU KNOW, WE, WE, WE ARE ON A, ON A SCHEDULE TODAY.

UM, SO EVERYONE WHO SIGNED UP TO SPEAK HAS THREE MINUTES AND, UH, WE'RE GOING TO START IT OFF WITH, UH OKAY.

YOU GOT THREE MINUTES.

GOOD AFTERNOON COMMISSIONERS.

I'M A COMMODE CHAIR OF THE ASIAN COURTEOUS FOR GREATER AUSTIN.

ALSO REFERRED TO AS ACG ACG, ITS MISSION IS TO ELEVATE ADVOCATE FOR, AND PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PATIENT AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER CREATIVE COMMUNITY IN THE AUSTIN AREA TO EDUCATION, RESOURCES, COLLABORATION, AND CELEBRATION OF MULTICULTURALISM, THE ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITY HERE FORWARD REFERRED TO AS AAPI IN AUSTIN IS COMPANIES PEOPLE FROM 25 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES REPRESENTING MORE THAN 40 DIFFERENT ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS.

WE BRING A VERY DIVERSIFIED CULTURE TOO OFTEN.

THE ADA COMMUNITY OWNS MORE THAN 60% OF THE HOTELS IN AUSTIN AND ARE DIRECTLY CONTRIBUTING TOWARDS THE MAJOR PORTION OF HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX.

THE API COMMUNITY MAKES UP AROUND 8% OF CDF AUSTIN'S POPULATION IS INCREASING AT A VERY RAPID PACE, ALMOST DOUBLING EVERY 12 YEARS WITH ALSO THE FASTEST GROWING DEMOGRAPHICS IN THE NATION.

FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS, AP ARTISTS HAVE BEEN PERFORMING AT PROMINENT CULTURAL EVENTS WHILE IT IS TRUE THAT THE GRANTS HAVE SUPPORTED TRADITIONAL CULTURAL ARTS IN THE PAST, BUT API MUSICIANS ARE STILL NOT SEEN AS PART OF THE COMMERCIAL AND MAINSTREAM MUSIC LANDSCAPE.

PCG HAS APPLIED TO SECURE FUNDS TO CREATE MUSIC HUB AS PROVIDED FOR, BUT OFTEN MUSIC AND CREATIVE BECAUSE SYSTEM RESOLUTION, WE ARE WAITING TO HEAR FROM CITY OF AUSTIN AND UPDATE FROM THE SAME.

THE API COMMUNITY TAKES PRIDE IN CELEBRATING DIVERSITY.

ECG IS FOCUSED ON WORKING WITH AND BUILDING NEW RELATIONSHIPS WITH ARTISTS FROM ALL OF AUSTIN'S MUSIC COMMUNITIES.

WE BELIEVE IN A UNITED APPROACH OF SUPPORTING AREAS OF MUTUAL INTEREST FOR ALL MUSIC COMMUNITIES THAT WILL ENABLE US TO COME UP WITH THE TANGIBLE OUTCOMES AND CULTIVATE A MORE DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE ECOSYSTEM IN OUR BEAUTIFUL CITY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

AND NOW I WELCOME LAURA PRICE FROM APGA GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYBODY.

MY NAME IS LAURA PRICE.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME THIS AFTERNOON.

46 YEARS AGO, THIS MONTH, THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT BROUGHT 3000 KIDS ORPHANED BY THE VIETNAM WAR TO AMERICA FOR A BETTER LIFE.

I WAS FORTUNATE TO BE ONE OF THOSE ORPHANS ON OPERATION, BABY LIFT.

I DIDN'T FIND THE BLUES.

THE BLUES FOUND ME GROWING UP IN A MILITARY FAMILY AND BEING RAISED BY TRADITIONAL WHITE PARENTS.

I TRAVELED AROUND THE WORLD, EVEN ALASKA, IDAHO, SEVERAL MORE STATES.

I DIDN'T HAVE MUCH IF ANY RESOURCES TO FIND MUSIC AS MY TRUE CALLING AND IT DIDN'T HELP HIM.

ONE OF THE ONLY ASIANS, MY EVER CHANGING LOCATION, I DIDN'T HAVE ANY ROLE MODELS OR MUSIC RESOURCES, BUT THROUGH THE SUPPORT OF MY ADOPTIVE

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PARENTS, I WAS ABLE TO DEVELOP MY SINGING THROUGH OPERATIC VOICE LESSONS FROM A YOUNG AGE IN 2016, THE BLUES FOUNDATION RECOGNIZED NOMINATED ME FOR BEST FEMALES, FULL BLUE SINGER OF THE YEAR ALONGSIDE BETTY LAVETTE AND MADE THE STAPLED SINCE MOVING TO AUSTIN FIVE YEARS AGO, I'VE EMPLOYED OVER A HUNDRED MUSICIANS OF ALL ETHNICITIES PLAYING ANTON FACTORY POP SIXTH STREET LANE STREET, CORPORATE GIG.

AND I'M ABOUT TO RELEASE MY SEVENTH SOUL BLUES RECORD.

IN ADDITION, I ALSO GIVE BACK TO BACK BY MENTORING THROUGH MUSIC WITH KIDS, AND THEN IN GROOVE, THIS MENTORSHIP PROVIDES WEEKLY MUSIC LESSONS TO FOSTER KIDS AND ADOPTEES.

ONCE A WEEK, BEING PART OF ACG HAS GIVEN ME THE CONFIDENCE TO FINALLY FEEL AT HOME HERE IN AUSTIN AS A VIETNAMESE AMERICAN WOMAN, SINGING BLACK AMERICAN MUSIC.

I NEVER SAW ASIAN ARTISTS ON TV AS A CHILD, ONLY CONNIE CHUNG ON THE NEWS OR A VIETNAMESE PROSTITUTE CAME IN 1847 IN A VIETNAM WAR MOVIE IT'S.

SO FOR CHILDREN TO SEE SOMEONE IN THE ARTS THAT LOOKED LIKE THAT TO DEVELOP THE COMPETENCE, TO GRADUATE FROM KARAOKE, MIKE TO THE STAGE MIC AT, UP IN THE CITY LIMITS, FOR EXAMPLE, CITY FUNDS HAVE DIRECTLY HELPED PROVIDE THE NECESSARY AAPI MUSIC NEEDED FOR MUSIC PROGRAMS AND SPACES FOR CHILDREN TO INTERACT WITH THEIR OWN CULTURE, AS WELL AS THE AUSTIN CULTURE AND FOR THE ARTISTS LIKE ME TO BE MENTORS TO THE, TO THE YOUNGER AAPI GENERATION, MANY ARTISTS LIKE ME HAVE LOST TENS AND THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN REVENUE COUNTS FROM COUNCIL, LOCAL SHOWS AND INTERNATIONAL TOURS.

THESE FUNDS WOULD HELP THEM MANY AAPI MUSICIANS FLY UNDER THE RADAR, LIKE MYSELF TO GET BACK TO WHAT WE DO BEST PLAYING MUSIC.

I'M SO THANKFUL THAT I'VE CONNECTED WITH THE AAPI COMMUNITY THROUGH APGA AND TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO FURTHER CONNECT TO MY CULTURE TO MUSIC WHILE ASIAN ARTISTS ALWAYS DESERVED A SPOTLIGHT.

NOW MORE THAN EVER, IT IS IMPORTANT TO SHOWCASE THE DIVERSE AND RICH CONTRIBUTION THAT ASIA HAS MADE AND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE TO THE AUSTIN MUSIC SCENE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU.

CAN, CAN YOU REPEAT YOUR NAME? LAURA L A R A PRICE P R I C E.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

SO, UH, NEXT ON THE LIST IS DAVID GOODMAN? YES.

HI.

CAN YOU ALL HEAR ME? OKAY.

YES.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH.

UH, MY NAME IS DAVID .

I AM THE CURRENT CHAIR OF THE MS. MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER.

I APPRECIATE THE TIME AND BEING GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME SPEAK TO EVERYBODY.

I, I AM SPEAKING, UH, IN SUPPORT OF, UH, THE, UH, MUSIC HUB, UM, BEING CREATED AT THE MS BOTANICALS MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER, UH, OUR BOARD, AS WELL AS OUR COMMUNITY HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THE CREATIVE SPACES BOND SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 2018.

AND WE ARE CERTAINLY IN SUPPORT OF OUR COMMUNITIES, UM, REQUEST TO CREATE A MUSIC ADDRESS AT A LATINO CENTER, SUCH AS THE, UM, MEXICAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER MAC.

UM, THIS IS A VERY MUCH NEEDED RESOURCE FOR OUR COMMUNITY IN ORDER TO SUPPORT OUR ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS OF VARIOUS BACKGROUNDS.

UM, WE ARE VERY MUCH INTERESTED IN HEARING THE PRESENTATIONS TODAY AND HOPE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO LEVERAGE THE MONEY FROM THE CREATIVE SPACES BOND IN THE MOST EFFICIENT AND EFFICIENT WAY POSSIBLE.

UM, WE DO NOT FEEL THAT THE PURCHASE OF PROPERTY IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CREATIVE SPACES, LANGUAGE, AND INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNITY.

UM, AND AS A FATHER, PERSONALLY, OF, UH, UH, OF, OF CHILDREN THAT ARE OF MEXICAN AND SOUTH ASIAN DESCENT, I CERTAINLY SUPPORT ANY REQUESTS FROM, FOR A MUSIC HUB AT OUR FELLOW CULTURAL CENTERS, SUCH AS THE CARVER, THE ASIAN-AMERICAN CENTER AS WELL.

UH, AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

I LOOK FORWARD TO THE PRESENTATIONS AND DISCUSSION.

THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

UH, NEXT UP WE HAVE OLIVER ROGER MONEY.

YES.

CAN YOU ALL HEAR ME? YES.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

MY NAME IS OLIVER RAJ MONEY, UH, AT LEAST JEMAN AND, UH, I'VE BEEN A CITY FUNDED CULTURAL OUTREACH ARTISTS FOR MANY YEARS.

AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN IS REALLY FAMILIAR WITH MY WORK BOTH AS AN ARTIST, AS WELL AS EDUCATIONAL PROVIDER.

SO I'M SPEAKING TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE FUNDING OF THE ASIAN CULTURAL HUB, WHICH I TRULY BELIEVE IT WILL BRING A RECOGNITION TO THE ASIAN DIASPORA AND THE PRESERVING OF ITS CULTURE.

AND IT'S GOING TO CREATE STRONG EDUCATIONAL AND RESEARCH CENTER FOR MANY IN ALL STUDENTS TO GAIN FROM A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MYSELF.

I'VE, UH, I'M AT RECOGNIZED GLOBALLY FOR MY UNIQUE CULTURAL LIFE AND MUSICAL SOUND THAT IS PURELY AUSTIN, WHICH BRINGS TEXAS INDIA AND RURAL MANY CULTURES TOGETHER.

I HAVE TOURED INTERNATIONALLY AND I'VE COLLABORATED WITH ARTISTS WHERE I ENJOY RANGING AND STYLE FROM WILLIE NELSON, GYPSY KINGS TO L SHANKAR.

AND I'VE BEEN FEATURED

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ARTIST ON THE NPR BBC RADIO KILL R U PBS AMONGST NUMEROUS OTHER, UH, TELEVISION AND RADIO PROGRAMS, INCLUDING TEDX PLATFORM AND A WHILE, UH, WINNING AWARDS AND RECOGNITION INTERNATIONALLY.

MY WORK AS AN INTERNATIONAL ARTIST HAS BROUGHT A LOT OF FOCUS TO AUSTIN CITY AS A CENTER FOR CULTURAL EDUCATION AND AN IMPORTANT TOURIST DESTINATION.

I'M INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN FROM EDUCATIONAL WORK IN PRESERVING THE FOLK CULTURES OF INDIA AND BRINGING RECOGNITION TO THE DEEPLY MISUNDERSTOOD HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THE ROOM.

THE DIASPORA I WORKED FOR FOUR YEARS IN THE ROMANY CONGRESS UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF ROMANIAN BEST DOCTOR IN HANCOCK.

NOW, IF YOU MAY NOT KNOW, RUMMY CONGRESS REPRESENTS IT IN RUMINY.

DIASPORA HAS A SOUTH ASIAN ETHNIC GROUP WITH ORIGINS IN INDIA WITH BONDS THAT RUNS STRONG TO THIS PRESENT DAY.

AND ALSO, IF YOU DO NOT KNOW, ROMANY IS COMMONLY KNOWN MISTAKENLY AS GYPSY IN THIS WORLD.

ALSO IN CASE YOU MAY NOT KNOW, UH, ALTON I SUPPOSE, IS THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF ROMAN HISTORICAL ARCHIVES AND EDUCATIONAL CENTERS SINCE THE 1970S.

AND THIS HAS GONE UNRECOGNIZED BY THE TEXAS STATE GOVERNMENT.

AND IN MY EDUCATIONAL WORK HAVE COLLABORATED WITH VARIOUS LEADING ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING LAFFER EXPECTS THIS NETWORK OF YOUTH SERVICES, GARDENER BEDS, AUSTIN STATE HOSPITAL, IN ORDER TO BRING CULTURAL, SPIRITUAL EDUCATION, MENTAL HEALTH AND LEADERSHIP WORKSHOPS.

AND, UH, THIS HAS HAPPENED THROUGH US THROUGHOUT AUSTIN, AS WELL AS THE STATE OF TEXAS.

SO THE ASIAN COMMUNITY IS A HIGH INCOME ETHNIC GROUP, BUT, UH, THE ASIAN ARTISTS AND NOT, UH, CANNOT BE NECESSARILY EQUATED TO THAT STATUS.

AND I SPEAK FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE.

AND SO THEY NEEDED CONTINUED ASSISTANCE AND THE LARGER ASIAN AUSTIN, UM, AUSTIN ASIAN COMMUNITY GIVES A LOT OF THE, UH, AUSTIN COMMUNITY, UH, QUITE A BIT IN ARTS AND OTHER AREAS.

BUT TO THIS DAY, THAT COMMUNITY HAS BEEN SEEN AS A SEPARATE ALIEN GROUP WHOSE MUSIC AND CULTURE FALL UNDER WORLD MUSIC OR OTHER.

SO TIMES HAVE CHANGED.

AND AUSTIN AS KEEP UP WITH THE TIMES AND REPRESENT THE TRUE COLORS OF ITS VIBRANT COMMUNITY AND EVERY SITUATION.

SO THAT'S WHY I STRONGLY SHARE MY VOICE IN A SUPPORTIVE AUSTIN CITY TO BRING THE ASIAN COMMUNITY INTO ITS WINGS AND TO MAKE IT ANOTHER, UH, REPRESENTATIVE IN IT FOR PRESIDENT IT'S PART OF ITS FAMILY.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.

THANK YOU.

UH, CITY HALL STAFF.

I JUST WANT TO CHECK IN Y'ALL HAVE A TIMER GOING FOR SPEAKERS, OR IS THAT SOMETHING I NEED TO TAKE CARE OF ON MY END? OR ARE YOU ABLE TO HEAR THE TIMER JUST NOW? YEAH, THERE WAS NO TIMER.

OKAY.

THEN IT MIGHT BE BEST FOR Y'ALL TO DO IT.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS LAURA MONEY.

OLIVER ALREADY JUST SPOKE.

THIS WAS KEVIN CHIN.

OKAY.

UH, WELL, CHIN YOU ARE UP NEXT.

THANK YOU.

YEP.

THREE MINUTES HERE, AUSTIN ARTS.

THANK YOU.

HERE.

AUSTIN ARTS AND MUSIC COMMISSIONERS.

I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME TODAY.

I'M KEVIN SHIN, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ACJ.

IT WAS JUST OVER SIX MONTHS AGO THAT ACG PRESENTED OUR MISSION STATEMENT TO YOU FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME, MUCH HAS CHANGED IN THE WORLD IN PAST SIX MONTHS.

AND WHILE I DON'T WANT TO GO INTO ANY SPECIFICS, I DO WANT TO CONGRATULATE MAKABALI ON BEING APPOINTED.

THE VERY FIRST AAPI MUSIC COMMISSIONER IN THE HISTORY OF THE AUSTIN MUSIC COMMISSION.

THIS IS A TRULY MOMENTOUS STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR THE AAPI COMMUNITY.

AND WE HOPE TO BETTER INTEGRATE AND ALIGN OUR MISSION WITH THE CITY'S RECENT DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION INITIATIVES AND BEST SERVE AUSTIN'S RAPIDLY GROWING API POPULATION AS FUEL THROUGH OUR CITIES TECH SECTOR.

WE ALSO REALLY APPRECIATE ARTS COMMISSIONER, ANY LONG MOCKS AND VALUABLE EFFORTS THAT SHE HAS PROVIDED TO THE AAPI ARTS COMMUNITY AS WELL.

IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO SHOWCASE MANY NEW AS WELL AS ESTABLISHED AAPI MUSIC ARTISTS, SOME WHO HAVE TOURED INTERNATIONALLY FOR YEARS, BUT HAVE NOT YET BEEN ABLE TO GRACE THE STAGE OF ANY MAINSTREAM FESTIVALS LOCALLY.

WE'VE ALSO BEEN ABLE TO OFFER FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS THAT FEATURE UNIQUE CENTURIES, OLD ETHNIC INSTRUMENTS THAT ARE RARELY SEEN OR HEARD OF AN AUSTIN, BUT YET DRL SOLD OUT SHOWS AND MAJOR VENUES OF OTHER CITIES.

WE WILL SOON BE OFFERING FILM SCORING AND THESE A COMPOSITION WORKSHOPS WITH RENOWNED TAIWANESE AMERICAN COMPOSER ARRANGER WITH OVER 100 FILM CREDITS TO HIS NAME WHO OFTEN INCORPORATES TRADITIONAL ASIAN MUSIC INFLUENCES INTO MANY OF HIS, OF HIS AWARD-WINNING NOMINATED, UH, AWARD WINNING WORKS.

FINALLY, THE WANTS TO PLAN AND ORGANIZE AN ANNUAL AUSTIN ASIAN-AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL AT WATERLOO GREENWAY BEGINNING IN MAY, 2022 TO HELP CELEBRATE ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC HERITAGE MONTH

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EACH AND EVERY YEAR, AS YOU PROBABLY CAN TELL EDUCATION AND PERFORMANCE ARE SOME OF THE VITAL CORE VALUES OF ACG.

AND WE HOPE TO PROVIDE THESE ESSENTIAL RESOURCES TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY AT THE ASIAN-AMERICAN RESOURCE CENTER, WHICH CURRENTLY LACKS ANY FORM OF A PERFORMANCE VENUE OR A THEATER RECORDING STUDIO OR MUSIC REHEARSAL SPACE.

IN ADDITION, AAPI CHILDREN ARE OVERWHELMINGLY INTRODUCED TO MUSIC LESSONS AT AN EARLY AGE, BUT TYPICALLY DON'T KNOW HOW OR WHERE TO DEVELOP THAT SKILL AND COMPETENCE INTO A REWARDING LIFELONG CAREER.

SO THEY TYPICALLY QUIT MUSIC LESSONS ALTOGETHER.

OUR MUSICAL IDENTITY IS THAT HERITAGE AGAIN, REPRESENTING OVER 40 DIFFERENT UNIQUE ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS REQUIRE A CENTRALIZED AND STRATEGIC HOME TO THRIVE, WHETHER IT'S TO SERVE THE CHILDREN OF, OF THE TECH TRANSPLANTS, THAT WE WELCOME TO OUR BEAUTIFUL CITY EACH AND EVERY DAY, OR TO HELP LAUNCH THE CAREER OF AN ARTIST ON TOUR OR ON THE BIG SCREEN.

OFTEN IT'S CHANGING AT AN INCREDIBLE RATE AND IN DOING SO, THE LANDSCAPE OF OUR BELOVED MUSIC SCENE WILL NEED TO CHANGE EQUALLY TO ACCOMMODATE THE NEW FACES OF AUSTIN'S DIVERSE AND GROWING AAPI COMMUNITY.

IT IS INTEGRAL TO AUSTIN'S SUCCESS AS A GLOBALLY DRIVEN METROPOLITAN TO SUPPORT THIS INITIATIVE AND EQUALLY INTEGRAL THAT WE, AND, UH, WE WORK TOGETHER WITH OTHER MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES TO CREATE A TANGIBLE ENTITY TO BEST SERVE OUR OVERALL MISSION.

WE HOPE AND WISH THAT POTENTIAL OPPORTUNITIES AFFORDED THROUGH THE CREATIVE SPACE BOND AND THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAXES CAN ALLOW THE AAPI MUSIC COMMUNITY TO TRULY TAKE A STEP FORWARD WITH OUR COLLECTIVE AND UNIFIED MUSIC ECOSYSTEM TO BE REPRESENTED AND COMMERCIALIZED ON THE GLOBAL STAGE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, KEVIN.

UH, SORRY.

CAN, CAN I GET A THUMBS UP IF YOU HEARD THE ALARM NOW? NOPE.

OKAY.

UH, I'LL I'LL JUST HAVE TO INTERRUPT INTERRUPT THEN.

SORRY.

UH, NEXT UP WE HAVE SONIA DRAVET HERE.

ALL RIGHT, SONYA, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

OKAY.

TODAY MUSIC COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS SONYA DRAVET.

I AM HERE TODAY AS ONE OF THE APX AND BOARD MEMBERS.

AND AS A MEMBER OF THE ATX M REACH TEAM, ATX M REACH TEAM HAS ACTIVELY WORKED FOR WELL OVER A YEAR TO BRING CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT AND BUILD A ROBUST MUSIC HUB THAT SERVES THE EAST AUSTIN MUSIC COMMUNITY.

EXCUSE ME, THE EAST AUSTIN COMMUNITY BUILT IN 1929, THE DOORS AND MILLER AUDITORIUM SITUATED IN THE ROSE WOOD PARK CAMPUS HAS HOSTED A RICH HISTORY OF MUSICAL PERFORMERS FOR DECADES FROM IKE AND TINA TURNER TO FITZGERALD THE NINETIES, AUSTIN HIP HOP SPACE NOW PLAYS HOME TO THE NOTES FOR NOTES ORGANIZATION, WHICH PROVIDES MUSIC, INDUSTRY TRAINING AND SUPPORT TO UNDERS UNDER SERVED YOUTH, BRINGING A PORTION OF THE 12 MILLION CREATIVE SPACES.

BOND IS THE RIGHT MOVE IN TERMS OF SUPPORTING AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTS AND CULTURE IN AUSTIN, AS THE PROPERTY IS ALREADY OWNED BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN, ANY FUNDING WILL GO A LONG WAY IN IMPROVING A SPACE THAT HAS SERVED OUR COMMUNITY FOR ALMOST A HUNDRED YEARS.

AND IN SHOWING THE WORLD THAT AUSTIN CARES ABOUT EQUITY AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL ARTISTS, RATHER THAN BUILDING SOMETHING NEW REINVEST IN A CITY OWNED PROPERTY AND HAS BEEN BELOVED BY OUR COMMUNITY FOR A HUNDRED YEARS AND CURRENTLY SERVES AS A MUSIC HUB, THE BOND MONEY WILL GO MUCH FURTHER IN SIMPLY SUPPORTING EXISTING STRUCTURES.

ATN M REACH TEAM LOOKS FORWARD TO PRESENTING OUR PROPOSAL CREATED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE AUSTIN, TEXAS MUSICIANS, NONPROFIT.

THOSE WOULD PARK NOTES FOR NOTES WHEN THE RFP PORTION OPENS.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR LETTING ME SPEAK.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

UH, NEXT UP WE HAVE, UH, CHRISTOPHER LEE MON.

YES.

ALL RIGHT.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

FIRST.

I'D LIKE TO THANK BOTH THE AUSTIN MUSIC COMMISSION AND THE AUSTIN ARTS COMMISSION FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO THEM AGENDAS TWO 82 B.

SO FOR THAT, I THINK TO ALL COMMISSIONERS, I'D LIKE TO START OFF WITH, UH, THE CITY OF AUSTIN REDISTRIBUTION MODEL.

NOW I SUPPORT THE CITY'S REDISTRIBUTION MODEL ON PROPORTIONALITY AND ON DEMOGRAPHICS.

I ALSO THINK IT'S FAIR TO LOOK AT THE COMPENSATORY JUSTICE MODEL WHEN IT COMES TO THIS LOW.

NOW I KNOW OUR BLACK PREVIOUS TRULY FACED DISCRIMINATION AND I MEAN, ON A WHOLE OTHER LEVEL, WE ALL KNOW, BUT I'M FOCUSING ON DEMOGRAPHICS WHEN IT COMES TO OUR LATINO COMMUNITY, JUST STRAIGHT FACTS.

AND DURING A TIME WHEN WE ALL NEED, AND I MEAN, YOU MUST STAND UP TO THE TRADITIONAL AND INSTITUTIONAL INJUSTICES THAT HAVE BEEN PLACED ON JUST ABOUT MAN, ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES.

AND THAT'S WHY I'M HERE TO BE A COMMISSIONERS.

I'M HERE ASKING

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YOU ALL TO STAND WITH ME AND SOLIDARITY FOR AUSTIN'S A LATINO COMMUNITY, PLEASE.

SO WHEN IT COMES TO DISTRIBUTING THIS MONEY, YOU KNOW, FROM THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX, THERE'S BASICALLY TWO WAYS TO DISTRIBUTE THESE PHONES, TO REPRESENT EQUITY THAT'S PROPORTIONAL BASIS AND COMPENSATORY THE LATINO COMMUNITY.

WE'RE LOOKING FOR A COMBINATION OF BOTH PROPORTIONATELY, LETTING THOSE OUTNUMBER EVERYONE IN GREATER AUSTIN, ETHNIC COMMUNITIES.

AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHY WE NEED OUR CITY SUPPORT NOW MORE THAN EVER SINCE THEN, OUR PEOPLE COMMUNITY IN GREATER AUSTIN COMPRISE OVER WE'RE OVER 600,000 LATINO COMMUNITY MEMBERS, AT LEAST.

AND THAT'S, THAT'S, THAT'S JUST ABOUT 40%, JUST ABOUT 40% OF AUSTIN'S ENTIRE POPULATION.

NOW, FOR THAT, AT THIS POINT, I'D LIKE TO SHIFT OUR ATTENTION OVER TO THE HUB, YOU KNOW, THE CREATIVE SPACE BOND.

NOW THE LATINO COMMUNITY PUT IN A PROPOSAL ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO FOR A MUSICAL OVER AT THE MAC THAT WAS DONE BY YOU TO AUSTIN, WHICH HAS SINCE THEN IS ONLY GAINED MORE POSITIVE TRACTION AND BACKING FROM OUR ENTIRE LATINO COMMUNITY.

AND WITH A VISION OF TAKING A UNIFIED APPROACH WITH AREAS OF MUTUAL INTEREST, BRINGING THEM TOGETHER, BRINGING TOGETHER ALL OF OUR, ALL LATINOS, MEXICANS, CUBANS, DOMINICANS, ALL TOGETHER UNDER ONE AMAZING ROOF WHERE INDIGENOUSLY WE'LL BE ABLE TO BUILD ON A PROUD, I MEAN, PROUD HISTORY AND HERITAGE OF HISPANIC AUSTIN, WHICH I KNOW WILL.

AND THIS IS GOOD.

I MEAN, I JUST KNOW THIS IS GOING TO PRODUCE HUGE, TANGIBLE OUTCOMES FOR US.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE HIGH UTILIZATION HUB COMMISSIONERS, AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THE LATINO MUSIC HUB REPRESENTS.

THE HUB ITSELF IS GOING TO BE ALL ABOUT PROGRAMMING.

WHAT A MAC WOULD BE FOR CREATING, YOU KNOW, MARKETING FOR LATIN MUSIC, THROUGH RECORDING AND PERFORMING AND PERFORMING SERVICES.

WHILE ALONG ALONGSIDE BUSINESS AND OUT OF FISH, WE'RE AN INDUSTRY TO HELP OUR PEOPLE WITH THE GREATEST CITY OF AUSTIN AND LARGE BEING MAJORITY LATINO.

I AM ASKING FOR OUR CITY'S BACKING NOW MORE THAN EVER WITH EQUITY TO FINANCIALLY SUPPORT, IT'S A LATINO COMMUNITY OF OVER 600,000 MEMBERS WITH A LATIN MUSIC HUB AT THE MAP.

PLEASE, THANK YOU AGAIN, COMMISSIONERS FOR ALL TIME.

AND FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TODAY ON BEHALF OF OUR GREATER AUSTIN LATINO COMMUNITY.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

ON OUR LAST SPEAKER ON THE LIST IS SCOTT STRICKLAND.

HI SCOTT STRICKLAND HERE, UH, PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR AUSTIN, TEXAS MUSICIANS.

AND I'M ALSO ON THE REACH COMMITTEE.

UM, WHEN I FIRST CAME TO AUSTIN IN 2013, I REALLY WANTED ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH MUSIC.

AND IT WAS ONE OF THEM LIKE IN 2014, THAT CHANGED THAT FOR ME.

AND I WAS ABLE TO SEE THE POWER OF MUSIC AND THE POWER OF HOW, UM, THOSE, UH, THE, THE SONGS AND THE, AND THE, UH, LIVE MUSIC THAT EVERYONE WAS PUTTING OUT.

SO IT'S INFLUENCING OUR ENTIRE CULTURE.

OBVIOUSLY COVID-19 HAS CHANGED A LOT, BUT ALSO HAS ALWAYS BEEN A VERY PROGRESSIVE AND A VERY EVER-CHANGING CITY.

AND IT HAS ALSO CHANGED MY LIFE.

MUSIC HAS CHANGED MY LIFE, AND THIS ALLOWS ME TO DEFINE MYSELF AND CALL MYSELF A MUSICIAN, A BLACK MUSICIAN AND AUSTIN, THE CREATIVE SPACES BOND.

UM, THERE'S, THERE'S, THERE'S A LOT OF TALK RIGHT NOW ABOUT, UM, WHICH, YOU KNOW, ALL OF, ALL OF THE ASIAN COMMUNITY MEETING, UM, FUNDS IN THE LATINO COMMUNITY NEEDING FUNDS.

I WANT TO SAY THAT I STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH YOU.

I WANT YOU TO SAY THAT I, UH, I, I AM SO WITH THESE DIFFERENT GROUPS, UM, COMING TOGETHER ON THIS AND HAVING A, UM, A COALESCENCE OF SUPPORT FROM THE CITY, FROM THE CITY COUNCIL, FROM THE MUSIC COMMISSION, THE DORIS MILLER AUDITORIUM ALSO, UM, IS, IS, IS A HUGE PART OF THAT DORIS MILLER AUDITORIUM LOCATED IN ROSEWOOD PARK IN THE HEART OF EAST AUSTIN, WHERE, WHERE SO MANY, UM, AFRICAN-AMERICANS LIVED FOR SO LONG AND CONTINUE TO DO SO.

THAT'S WHERE A LOT OF THE CULTURE IN AUSTIN STARTED ALMOST A CENTURY AGO.

THIS PLACE WAS BUILT PART OF THE CHITLIN CIRCUIT WHEN BLACK ARTISTS WERE COMING IN, TOURING AROUND THE COUNTRY, STOPPING AND STOPPING IN AUSTIN AND, AND STOPPING AT THE ROSEWOOD PARK AND STOPPING AT THE DOOR MILL AUDITORIUM TODAY, THAT PLACE SERVES AS A HUB FOR ENRICHMENT AMONGST CHILDREN.

IT SERVES AS AN EDUCATIONAL FRONT FOR NOTES FOR NOTES, WHICH IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT HAS A MUSIC STUDIO, AND WE JUST WANT TO HELP TURN THIS PLACE INTO SOMETHING THAT IS ALREADY PRETTY MAGNIFICENT.

IT'S A VERY MAGNIFICENT CAMPUS, VERY MAGNIFICENT SPACE, BUT WE REALLY WANT TO SEE THAT GROW.

AND WE WANT TO REVITALIZE THE HISTORY OF THE DOORBELL OF AUDITORIUM

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AND THE CREATIVE SPACES BOND IS GOING TO DO JUST THAT WE HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY DILIGENTLY WITH CITY COUNCIL, WITH THE, UM, TO, TO, UM, HELP, UH, UM, PUT TOGETHER AN RFQ FOR THAT.

UH, WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON THAT FOR ALMOST A YEAR NOW, AND WE JUST WANT TO SEE THAT COME TO FRUITION DURING OUR RFP PROCESS AND AS A BLACK ARTIST, STANDING IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE LATINO COMMUNITY AND THE ASIAN COMMUNITY.

AND I DO AGREE WITH KEVIN CHIN AND HE SAID THAT WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER.

ALL THE MINORITY GROUPS NEED TO COME TOGETHER.

I DO AGREE WITH THAT.

I WHOLEHEARTEDLY ALSO AM ASKING FOR, UM, THE AUSTIN MUSIC COMMISSION TO PLEASE, UM, STAND IN SOLIDARITY AND STAND IN SUPPORT OF THE DRAWING OF THE AUDITORIUM AND THE FUNDING THAT, UM, THAT IT NEEDS WHEN RETURN RFQ PROCESS IN ORDER TO MAKE, UM, THAT SPACE, UM, BECOME WHAT IT NEEDS TO BECOME.

ALL RIGHT.

I WILL ALSO SAY THANK YOU WITH THAT.

YEAH, SIR.

THAT'S THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR SIGNING UP TO SPEAK.

UH, WE HEAR YOU AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE PRESENTATIONS AND DISCUSSIONS, UH, LIKE TO HAND IT

[1a.Arts Commission Chair Welcome]

OVER TO COMMISSIONER MAHONEY TO INTRODUCE HIS CHAIR'S REPORT.

HELLO, EVERYBODY.

I DON'T WANT TO TAKE TOO MUCH TIME.

I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT, UH, GLAD ALL THESE VOICES ARE REPRESENTING, UM, AND ADD INTO THIS DIALOGUE ABOUT HOW TO MOVE ON TO MUSIC FORWARD.

UM, NOT JUST AUSTIN MUSIC, BUT JUST AUSTIN FORWARD AS A CITY.

UM, GLAD TO BE, YOU KNOW, SOMEONE THAT'S BEEN ON THE FRONT LINES OF A LOT OF THIS CHANGE FOR YEARS, THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT'S NEW TO ME PERSONALLY.

UM, AND IT'S GOOD TO SEE, UH, THE GROWING VOICES THAT ARE, UH, YOU KNOW, CALLING FOR, YOU KNOW, REPRESENTATION, BUT BEYOND REPRESENTATION, FUNDING AND ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES.

UH, SO I'M JUST GONNA LEAVE IT AT THAT AND PASS IT ON TO A TIMER.

THANK YOU.

UH, WELCOME

[1b.Music Commission Chair Welcome]

EVERYONE.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

UH, I DID WANT TO, I WANT TO KEEP IT BRIEF AS WELL.

I DID WANT TO POINT OUT THAT, THAT WE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THREE O'CLOCK ON A TUESDAY AFTERNOON IS NOT EXACTLY THE MOST ACCESSIBLE TIME FOR US TO BE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION WHEN WE DO WANT AND ARE INTERESTED IN INPUT AND FEEDBACK FROM THE, FROM OUR COMMUNITIES.

UM, SO I JUST WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT UPFRONT, UM, YOU KNOW, WE'RE MISSING SOME COMMISSIONERS BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T GET AWAY FROM WORK.

SO, UM, I, I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT AND, UH, LIKE I SAID, WE'RE, WE'RE HAVE A HARD STOP AT FIVE O'CLOCK.

SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT, UH, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THE PRESENTATIONS THAT WE'RE GOING TO HEAR TODAY ARE, UH, REPEAT PRESENTATIONS.

SO IF YOU WANT THE FULL PRESENTATION, YOU CAN, UH, CHECK OUT OF THE ARTS COMMISSIONS MEETING FROM APRIL 19TH AND, UH, THE MUSIC COMMISSION MEETING, I'M FORGETTING THE EXACT DATE OF IF Y'ALL WANT TO CHIME IN AND LET ME KNOW, BUT THE APRIL MEETING FOR, FOR MUSIC COMMITTED AND THEY BOTH, WE BOTH HAD VERSIONS LONGER VERSIONS OF THESE PRESENTATIONS.

SO THERE'S PLENTY, PLENTY OF INFORMATION OUT THERE.

TODAY'S RECAP AND AN OPPORTUNITY FOR BOTH OF OUR COMMISSIONS TO HAVE A CONVERSATION REGARDING THIS INFORMATION.

THAT'S GOING TO BE PRESENTED WITH THAT A HUNDRED BACK TO COMMISSIONER MAHONEY.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

HI, MAY COMMISSIONER CASTILLO, UM, LOOKS LIKE WE'RE GOING TO BE TALKING FIRST, UH, TO A, UH, AUSTIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

[2a.Austin Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) Update - David Colligan,Acting Chief Operations Officer, AEDC]

CORPORATION UPDATE DAVID COLLAGEN, ACTING CHIEF OPERATIONS, OFFICER DAVID, ARE YOU THERE? YES, I'M HERE.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, SIR.

GREAT, THANK YOU, COMMISSIONERS AND CHAIRS FOR, FOR HAVING US AGAIN THIS AFTERNOON, AS I MENTIONED, WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH EACH OF YOUR COMMISSIONS INDIVIDUALLY OR SEPARATELY, AND WE HAVE WORKED WITH EDD STAFF TO BE ABLE TO UPDATE THE SPEAK UP OFTEN PAGE WITH THAT INFORMATION AS WELL.

SO ANYONE LOOKING FOR THE ADDITIONAL DATA POINTS, UH, OR TO CONNECT, TO PASS INFORMATION AND COMPLETE ACCESS IT THROUGH, SPEAK UP OFTEN FOR, FOR THE CREATIVE BOND.

I'VE GOT MATTHEW CONTINENCE, WHO IS OUR CONSULTANT WORKING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF AUSTIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND SUPPORTING US THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CULTURAL TRUST UNDERNEATH AUSTIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION HERE TO TAKE US THROUGH SOME SLIDES.

THANK YOU, DAVID.

UM, AND HELLO AND CITIZENS.

WE'RE GOING TO TAKE YOU THROUGH, UH, A PRESENTATION, UM, THAT WE'VE SHARED AS MENTIONED BEFORE.

UM, WE'LL ALSO MAKE IT AVAILABLE.

THERE'S A COUPLE OF EXTRA SLIDES ON HERE.

UM, JUST TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THE BACKGROUND THAT WAS IN PREVIOUS PRESENTATIONS, I'LL TRY TO KEEP IT SHORT FOR AS MUCH TIME AS POSSIBLE,

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BUT ALSO WE'RE VERY ANXIOUS TO GET IN FRONT OF YOU AND SHARE THIS INFORMATION.

SO SOME OF IT I'LL GO THROUGH QUICKLY KNOWING THAT IT'LL BE IN THE RECORD AND I'M HAPPY TO TAKE QUESTIONS ON IT, UH, IF DESIRED.

SO JUST TO GIVE A LITTLE BIT OF A BACKGROUND, UM, THE EDC, THE AUSTIN EDC IS THE RESULT OF ABOUT SEVEN YEARS OF WORK, UM, DIRECTLY.

UM, ACTUALLY THE WORK STARTED A LITTLE BIT BEFORE THAT, UM, BACK IN 2010, UM, AND IT WAS VIEWED AS A WAY TO SUPPORT A LOT OF THE IDEAS IN THE MUSIC, CREATIVE ECOSYSTEM, UM, OMNIBUS RESOLUTION, UM, AND THEN CONTINUALLY THE IDEA EVOLVED AS THERE WAS WORK DONE, LOOKING AROUND THE COUNTRY, UM, AT DIFFERENT THINGS IN PARTICULAR STUFF THAT WAS GOING ON IN SEATTLE, UM, WITH WHAT WAS FIRST IN OVERLAY, DISTRICT SCHEME FOR CULTURE, AND THEN BECAME, UM, A CULTURAL TRUST SCHEME AND ENTITY LIKE THIS, UM, JUST RECENTLY AND ALSO A SIMILAR THING THAT HAD HAPPENED IN NEW YORK AND A SIMILAR THING THAT HAD HAPPENED IN, UM, SAN FRANCISCO, UM, AMONGST OTHERS.

SO IN 2017, UM, CITY MANAGER WAS DIRECTED TO BRING FORTH THE EDC IN 2018.

IT WAS MADE VERY CLEAR THAT THE TOP PRIORITY WAS THE CULTURAL TRUST.

UM, AND THEN THAT CONTINUED TO HAPPEN THROUGH 19 AND 20, UM, IN 20 SPECIFICALLY IN AUGUST OF 2020 COUNCIL DIRECTED STAFF TO CREATE THE EDC AND SPECIFICALLY CALLED OUT, UM, THE DESIRE, UH, FOR IT TO SUPPORT A CULTURAL TRUST AND ALSO PULL IN FUNDING, UM, FROM OTHER PROJECTS THAT PARTICULARLY WOULD NORMALLY JUST GO INTO THE GENERAL TAX ROLLS THAT COULD THEN BE TARGETED AT SPECIFIC POLICY OUTCOMES, LIKE SUPPORTING MUSIC AND ARTS, AND ALSO GENERAL AFFORDABILITY.

UM, DURING THE PROCESS OF THE EDC GETTING STARTED, UM, WE DID, UH, MAYBE 200 OR SO STAKEHOLDER INTERVIEWS, UM, TO PULL THIS TOGETHER AS WELL AS BENCHMARKING FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY, IN THE CITIES.

I MENTIONED AS WELL AS OTHERS AND IN PARTICULAR, UM, IN THE SOUTHEAST AND IN TEXAS.

AND DURING THAT PERIOD OF TIME, THE COUNCIL CONTINUE TO PASS FURTHER LEGISLATION, UM, KIND OF POINTING US IN THE DIRECTION OF WHAT THEY WANTED TO HAPPEN, UM, INCLUDING REITERATING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CULTURAL TRUST IN AUGUST.

UM, AND THEN, UM, REITERATING THE IMPACT OF COVID AND THE IDEA THAT THE EDC MIGHT HELP WITH THAT, UM, ACCELERATING THE HELP OF THE EDC TO ASSIST LIVE MUSIC, UM, ACCELERATING, LOOKING AT CITY PIPELINE, MEANING SITES THAT WERE OWNED IN THE PUBLIC PIPELINE TO TRY TO COORDINATE THOSE, UM, ACCELERATING, HELPING RED RIVER DISTRICT, LOOKING AT PROGRAMS SUCH AS TRANSFER OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS AND REGULATORY CHANGES.

UM, AND THEN THE ACTUAL CREATION OF THE EDC IN OCTOBER, AND THEN THE RE-PURPOSING, UM, OF SOME HOT FUNDS TO CREATE THE ICONIC VENUE FUND, UM, IN DECEMBER AND A REDEFINITION OF WHAT HOT FUNDS COULD BE USED ON TO RECOGNIZE SOME OF THE TREASURES, UM, IN AUSTIN THAT DIDN'T NECESSARILY PREVIOUSLY QUALIFY, UM, FOR THAT.

SO THE INITIAL GOAL WAS TO SUPPORT A COMMUNITY ARTS STABILIZATION TRUST, UM, THAT CREATES THROUGH PURCHASE AND LONGTERM LEASE AFFORDABLE SPACES, INCLUDING ACQUISITION AND PRESERVATION.

I WANT TO BE REALLY CLEAR BECAUSE OF SOME OF THE QUESTIONS, UM, OR STATEMENTS THAT WERE MADE BY CITIZENS.

THIS DOES NOT PRECLUDE, UM, IMPROVING EXISTING ASSETS OR CREATING HUBS INSIDE OF EXISTING ASSETS.

THAT'S TOTALLY SOMETHING THAT CAN HAPPEN AS A PART OF THIS.

UM, THE IDEA, UH, OR HEADLINE OF ACQUISITION IS THAT THERE ARE SOME CASES IN WHICH, UM, SOME SPACES MIGHT BE LOST AND IT WOULD BE GOOD TO ACQUIRE THEM, OR SOME SPACES DON'T EXIST.

IT WOULD BE GOOD TO CREATE THEM TO HELP SUPPORT.

UM, THE CULTURAL TRUST HAS MANY INITIATIVES OF WHICH WE'RE TALKING HERE ABOUT THE FIRST INITIATIVE, UM, WHICH IS AN INITIAL RFP TO FOLLOW UP ON THE RFI.

THE RFI WAS EXTENSIVELY REVIEWED AND, UM, LEARNED FROM, UM, TO TRY TO UNDERSTAND, UM, HOW TO MAKE A REALITY, THE PROPOSALS THAT CAME FROM THE COMMUNITY, SOME OF WHICH WERE REFERENCED, UM, UM, TODAY.

UM, THE IDEA IS THAT FOR SPACES THAT AREN'T CURRENTLY IN OWNERSHIP, THEY'D BE OWNED BY THE CITY, UM, AS PERMANENT CULTURAL INFRASTRUCTURE, BUT MADE AVAILABLE FOR USE TO ORGANIZATIONS AND THAT THERE WOULD BE A HUGE PRIORITY ON D AND I PRINCIPLES.

UM, ALL OF THIS WAS TAKEN FROM WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE BY THE COMMUNITY THAT WAS REPEATEDLY REFERENCED IN CITIZEN REMARKS.

THAT'S HOW THE RFP HAS BEEN DESIGNED.

THERE'S NO OTHER, UM, UH, GOAL HERE OTHER THAN TO ACHIEVE YEAH.

HAS COME OUT OF THE COMMUNITY IN PARTICULAR.

UM, THE RFI WAS ISSUED AND CLOSED IN SEPTEMBER OF 2020.

UM, WE'VE BEEN ENGAGED IN DOING MARKET RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING THE REAL ESTATE AND THEN DOING A REVIEW OF PREVIOUS CULTURAL WORK, UM, GOING BACK TO CULTURAL ASSET MAPPING, BECAUSE THAT WAS A PRETTY COMPREHENSIVE VIEW OF THE DIFFERENT AREAS THAT EXIST IN THE CITY AND THE DIFFERENT OPPORTUNITIES.

UM, OBVIOUSLY THAT HAS BEEN UPDATED MANY, MANY TIMES, BUT THAT WAS A GOOD STARTING PLACE, UM, TO DO THAT RESEARCH AND THEN REVIEWING THE PAST RFI AND THE RESPONSES AND CONVENING AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND CONDUCTING OUTREACH AND DISCUSSIONS, UM, WITH FOLKS, UM, AND THE PLAN

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TO ISSUE AN RFI OR AN RFP FOLLOW ON, UM, SHORTLY, UM, IN PARTICULAR, THE RFP WILL BOTH ALLOW FOR THE ACQUIRING WHOLE VENUES THAT ALREADY EXIST IN OUR OPERATING TODAY AND ALSO ACQUIRING OR CREATING MULTI-USE SPACES, INCLUDING SPACE, CREATING SPACES INSIDE EXISTING SPACES.

THERE'S TWO CURRENT DIFFERENT MAIN SOURCES OF MONEY.

ONE IS THE CREATIVE FACILITIES BOND, AND THE OTHER IS THE ICONIC VENUE FUND.

IN ADDITION, THERE ARE OTHER SOURCES OF MONEY FROM PRIVATE AND PHILANTHROPY THAT WE BELIEVE WILL COME IN AND HAVE BEEN IN DISCUSSION WITH THOSE SOURCES TO MAKE IT GO FURTHER IN GENERAL.

UM, WE'VE BEEN WAITING TO GET ON THE COUNCIL AGENDA TO AUTHORIZE OUR INTER LOCAL AGREEMENT, WHICH WILL ALLOW US TO IMMEDIATELY KICK OFF.

UM, AND IN THE MEANTIME, WE'VE BEEN HAVING, UM, REVIEWS AND WE PLAN TO DO BOTH PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSIONS, AS WELL AS AT LEAST THREE TARGETED INFORMATION AND WORK SESSIONS, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO HELP ANYONE THAT WANTS TO APPLY, UNDERSTAND HOW TO FILL IT OUT, WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANT TO PARTNER WITH PEOPLE, JOINING THEM TOGETHER, GIVING THEM ASSISTANCE OF REAL ESTATE, GIVING THEM ASSISTANCE OF PROCESSES SURROUNDING, UM, RUNNING VENUES, WHETHER THAT'S HELP THROUGH, UM, TICKETING OR LEGAL OR ADMIN, OR IT'S JUST HELP WITH PURCHASING OR HELP, UM, WITH, UH, COMBINING WITH OTHER GROUPS.

UM, ONCE WE ABLE ARE ABLE TO ACTUALLY ISSUE THE RFP, WE ANTICIPATE THERE BEING, UM, SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS FOR RESPONSES DURING WHICH TIME WE'LL BE HOSTING THOSE WORKSHOPS AND HELPING PEOPLE FILL OUT.

UM, THE IDEA IS THAT FOR SOME OF THOSE STRUCTURES THAT ARE REQUIRING FULL VENUES, WE WOULD SEE, UM, THERE WOULD BE SOME KIND OF ORGANIZATIONAL EQUITY COMPONENT.

IT MIGHT BE FROM ZERO TO SOME PERCENT WHERE THERE IS CAPACITY TO DO THAT.

IT'LL HELP US EXTEND THE AVAILABILITY OF THE MONEY TO MORE THAN JUST ONE HUB, BUT TO MULTIPLE LOCATIONS.

UM, AND THEN THERE'LL BE A PUBLIC MATCH AS WELL AS SOME POTENTIAL DEBT THAT HELPS IT GO FURTHER.

IF THERE IS A CASHFLOW STREAM IN ORDER TO SIZE THOSE, WE DID PRETTY EXTENSIVE RESEARCH IN THE DIFFERENT AREAS, DIFFERENT SUB MARKETS, REAL ESTATE OF THE CITY.

UM, I CAN GO THROUGH THAT IN QUESTIONS.

I WANT TO KIND OF WRAP UP AND SAY THAT, UM, WE HAVE A CURRENT CULTURAL TRUST ADVISORY COMMITTEE OR SEA-TAC, WE ARE REALLY MAKING A LOUD CALL TO TRY TO GET MORE PEOPLE, UM, INTO THAT GROUP.

UM, THAT GROUP IS FROM THAT GROUP AND ADC STAFF WILL BE THE SELECTION COMMITTEE FOR THIS RFI, OR SORRY, THIS RFP.

UM, AND WE REALLY WANT THAT TO BE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DIVERSITY OF VIEWS THAT WE'VE HEARD HERE AND IN OTHER MEETINGS, UM, IT'S AN OPEN, UH, APPLICATION PROCESS.

WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED AS MANY APPLICATIONS AS WE WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE.

UM, AND WE REALLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO CLICK ON THIS LINK, UM, AND APPLY.

THE ONLY COMMENT IS THAT IF YOU'RE ASKING FOR MONEY, YOU CAN'T ALSO BE ONE OF THE PEOPLE DECIDING ON THE MONEY, BUT MAYBE THERE'S SOMEONE IN YOUR COMMUNITY THAT YOU TRUST THAT YOU'D THINK WOULD BE A GOOD REPRESENTATIVE OF, UM, THE GROUPS, UM, THAT YOU THINK SHOULD BE SERVED BY THIS.

SO ULTIMATELY WE'RE JUST CONFIRMING THE AVAILABLE CAPITAL SOURCES.

WE'RE COORDINATING WITH ALL THE EXISTING EFFORTS.

WE'RE TALKING TO DIFFERENT FOLKS, SUCH AS YOURSELF AND DESIGNING AN OUTREACH CAMPAIGN THAT INCLUDES TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.

AFTER THIS RFP, WE'VE BEEN MAKING REQUESTS TO TRY TO GET A HOLD OF, UM, CITY OWNED SITES FOR A SECOND RFP.

SOME OF THOSE SITES WERE MENTIONED IN RESOLUTIONS AND WE'RE WORKING WITH THE CITY TO TRY TO UNLOCK THOSE AND RELOCATE FACILITIES THAT ARE THERE IN ORDER TO CREATE MORE SPACES.

UM, THAT WOULD BE VERY EFFECTIVE WAY, UM, TO MAKE DOLLARS GO FURTHER.

AND THEN AS WE'RE WORKING IN THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT, WE'RE LOOKING AT WAYS, UM, THIS IS LONGER TERM TO CREATE NEW VENUES.

UM, THAT WOULD BE MUCH CHEAPER TO CREATE WHEN YOU'RE DEALING WITH NEW CONSTRUCTION.

THAT'S KIND OF LIKE BUYING WHOLESALE INSTEAD OF BUYING RETAIL.

SO THOSE ARE TWO INITIATIVES THAT FOLLOW ON.

UM, THERE'S MORE THAN THAT.

I WANT TO END THE TIME HERE.

UM, WE'RE ABOUT 30 SECONDS OVER HERE, SO, UM, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

ANY QUESTIONS FROM COMMISSIONERS? WHAT'S YOUR POLAR, CAN YOU GUYS MAKE SURE THAT THAT DECK IS AVAILABLE TO BOTH COMMISSIONS? PRETTY PLEASED.

AWESOME.

THANK YOU.

NICE PRESENTATION.

SO THERE WAS ONE THING I WANTED TO MAKE, MAKE CLEAR, AND, AND I SAID THIS AT, UH, AT THE ART COMMISSION PRESENTATION THAT YOU PROVIDED, BUT, UM, WHEN WE WERE DISCUSSING THE CREATIVE SPACE BOND, UH, MOSTLY IN CONVERSATION WITH CHRISTINE MAGUIRE, UH, WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IDENTIFYING, UH, WELL, FIRST THAT IT IS NOT A GRANTING PROGRAM, RIGHT? IT'S NOT JUST APPLY FOR THIS MONEY AND, AND, YOU KNOW, BUILD, BUILD WHAT YOU WILL LIKE.

SO WE HAD TO STRUCTURE IT IN A WAY THAT, THAT WE COULD MEET THE REQUIREMENTS AROUND

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THE BOND, UM, AND IN DOING SO WE IDENTIFIED THAT WE WOULD NEED TO FIGURE OUT THREE PLAYERS, RIGHT? THREE, UM, COMPONENTS, THE, THE FACILITIES MANAGER, THE, THE CONTRACTOR TO, TO ACTUALLY BUILD IT.

AND THEN, UM, I ALWAYS FORGET THAT THERE ARE ONE DONE OPERATIONS.

UM, I THINK THAT'S WHAT IT WAS, RIGHT.

AND SO THAT WAS BEFORE THE AEDC AND NOW THAT THE AEDC IS INVOLVED, THE ADC IS TAKING THE ROLE OF FACILITY MANAGER AND, AND PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY FOR COST SAVINGS OR SHARED COSTS.

AND THE CREATIVE SPACE ONE HAS BECOME A SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR THE AEDC TO DO THE WORK OF, OF WHAT THE CREATIVE SPACE BOND IS INTENDED TO DO, BUT ALSO THE WORK OF THE CULTURAL TRUST.

DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? IS THAT CORRECT? I, WHAT YOU SAID IS CORRECT COMMISSIONER.

I JUST WANT TO CLARIFY A COUPLE OF THINGS TO MAKE SURE IT'S REALLY CLEAR ONE.

UM, IS THAT THE, UM, WAY THAT CAPITAL IS DEPLOYED, OFTEN THESE BONDS ARE DEPLOYED.

UM, IN OTHER PLACES, HAVING AN ADC IS A HUGE COST SAVING MEASURE.

AND AS YOU START ADDING MORE AND MORE FACILITIES, IT GETS MORE AND MORE OF A COST SAVING.

UM, ALSO IN, UM, SOME OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS, THERE WAS AN IDEA TO GET AN ADDITIONAL OUTSIDE CONSULTANT AND ALSO A BROKER.

YOU WON'T NEED THOSE THINGS WITH THE ADC WILL FUNCTION IN ALL THOSE ROLES.

WE CALCULATE, IT COULD SAVE A MILLION DOLLARS OR MORE.

UM, IT'S NOT IN FUNCTIONING THOSE ROLES.

IT DOESN'T GET PAID THE SAME WAY AS THOSE OTHER OUTSIDE GROUPS WOULD.

SO, UM, IT GETS PAID THE SAME AMOUNT, NO MATTER WHAT.

SO IT'S A MUCH CHEAPER, UM, ALTERNATIVE, AND WE THINK IT'S EFFECTIVE.

I ALSO JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS THAT THE CULTURAL TRUST IS A BROADER THING THAN THE CREATIVE SPACE BOND.

THE CULTURAL TRUST IS A LOT OF INITIATIVES OF WHICH ONE OF THEM IS THE CREATIVE SPACE BOND AND PICKING UP WHAT WAS RECOMMENDED ALREADY BY THE CREATIVE, UM, COMMUNITIES, UM, TO HELP IMPLEMENT THAT IN A WAY THAT MIGHT BE MORE EFFICIENT, MEANING SAVE MONEY.

AND IN ADDITION, THERE ARE OTHER SOURCES OF MONEY THAT ARE GOING TO COME IN AND OTHER LOCATIONS THAT ARE GOING TO COME IN, THIS IS NOT ONE AND DONE.

THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE AN ONGOING CAMPAIGN TO BUILD PERMANENTLY AFFORDABLE CULTURAL INFRASTRUCTURE ACROSS THE CITY OVER THE TERM, LIKE A LAND TRUST.

SO IT'S TWO DIFFERENT THINGS, BUT THERE'S SOME EFFICIENCY GAINED IN DOING IT IN AN RFP COMMISSIONER FLORES.

UM, CHAD, HI, THANKS.

AND THANKS FOR THAT CLARIFICATION, MATTHEW, UH, I JUST WANTED TO REITERATE A QUESTION OR A COMMENT, I GUESS, THAT I HAD ASKED AT THE ARTS COMMISSION MEETING AS WELL, UH, IN TERMS OF THE CREATIVE SPACE BOND FUNDS AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WERE MADE BY THE JOINT ARTS AND MUSIC COMMISSION.

UM, THE RFQ IS GOING TO, UH, REFLECT THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WERE MADE BY OUR WORKING GROUP IN TERMS OF THE EQUITY FEATURES THAT WE, UH, PRIORITIZE AS WELL AS THE AMENITIES FEATURES AND LOCATIONS THAT WE ALSO PRIORITIZE.

SO IF I'M UNDERSTANDING CORRECTLY, THOSE ARE GOING TO BE ROLLED INTO THE RFQ SO THAT WE ENSURE THAT THE $12 MILLION BOND THAT WE AS TO GROW AS THIS JOINT GROUP MADE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE TYPES OF FACILITIES, UH, THAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR TO HELP MEET THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY.

YOU KNOW, WE SAT THROUGH HOURS AND MEETINGS OF INPUT FROM THE COMMUNITY.

WE, THERE WAS, YOU KNOW, ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRES, EVERYTHING, AND WE TOOK A LOT OF THAT INTO CONSIDERATION OVER LONG PERIODS OF TIME.

CHUCK, I WAS ON THAT WORKING GROUP AND AS WAS I AND, AND OTHERS, AND, UH, JUST, YOU KNOW, WANT TO BE CLEAR THAT THOSE IN FACT WILL BE, UH, UTILIZE AND ARE BEING UTILIZED TO HELP SHAPE A PART AT LEAST OF THE RFQ THAT WILL DEAL WITH THE $12 MILLION BOND FOR THESE FACILITIES.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER.

I APPRECIATE YOU ASKING THAT QUESTION AGAIN.

THAT IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE.

I JUST WANT TO CLARIFY AGAIN THAT THERE'S ALSO ADDITIONAL MONEY THAT MIGHT NOT BE UNDER THAT SAME CRITERIA, BUT FOR THAT MONEY, THAT'S ABSOLUTELY THE CASE.

AND, UH, UH, THE CRITERIA WILL BE IN THERE AND THERE ALSO WILL BE A SELECTION COMMITTEE OF WHICH I AM NOT ON THE SELECTION COMMITTEE.

UM, WE REALLY ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO APPLY TO THE SELECTION COMMITTEE BECAUSE THEY WILL BE THE INTERPRETERS ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THE CRITERIA ARE MET.

SO THE CRITERIA WILL BE SET OUT AS YOU DESCRIBED, AND THEN THERE'LL BE A COMMITTEE OF PEOPLE THAT RANK THEIR PROPOSALS BASED ON THAT CRITERIA.

AND, UM, THAT WILL BE THERE.

YOU KNOW, THERE NEVER IS ENOUGH MONEY INITIALLY.

SO SOME THINGS WON'T GET FUNDED AND PEOPLE WILL BE UPSET.

I THINK THAT, UH, THERE WILL BE MORE FUNDING AFTER THAT.

I HOPE AND MORE FACILITIES, BUT IT'S IMPORTANT TO GET

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A GOOD GROUP OF PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY PEOPLE THAT HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THIS PROCESS FOR YEARS TO BE ON THAT SELECTION COMMITTEE.

THAT WOULD BE REALLY IDEAL BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT IT AND IT WON'T BE ME OR CONSULTANTS, BUT YOU WANT IT TO BE PEOPLE THAT ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE PROCESS AND THE PEOPLE SO THAT, UM, YOU GET THE GOOD OUTCOMES THAT YOU WANT.

ONE FOLLOW UP REAL QUICK.

IF I MAY, JUST IN TERMS OF THE DRAFTING OF THE RFQ, UM, THOSE THINGS ARE BEING TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION.

AND I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE'S MORE THAN ONE, UH, BUCKET OF MONEY FOR SIMPLIFICATION THAT ARE AVAILABLE, BUT FOR THESE PARTICULAR TWO, THEY EACH HAVE INDIVIDUALIZED CRITERIA THAT WERE SET AND IT'S GOING TO BE SORT OF MERGED INTO ONE BIG ONE.

BUT WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT SPENDING THE 12 MILLION, UH, BOND MONEY, CERTAIN CRITERIA WILL APPLY.

AND THEN THE OTHER ICONIC VENUE, MANY OTHER CRITERIA WILL BE AT, OR PLUS, OR MINUS OR WHATEVER.

UH, BUT GENERALLY SPEAKING, IT'LL BE, I GUESS, CLOSE TO THE SAME, UH, MORE OR LESS QUALIFICATIONS.

AND, UM, OKAY.

I THINK, I, I THINK I FORGOT WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY AFTER THAT.

LET ME JUST, LET ME JUST COMMENT THAT WHAT YOU SAID IS CORRECT, AND JUST TO MAKE IT REALLY CLEAR.

SO IT DOESN'T SOUND VAGUE.

THE CREATIVE SPACE BOND CRITERIA WERE CREATED FROM THE WORK THAT YOU ALL DID.

THERE WAS NOT LIKE A DIFFERENT SET OF CRITERIA OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

IN ADDITION, THE ICONIC VENUE FUND, THE COUNCIL GAVE SPECIFIC CRITERIA FOR THAT.

SO THERE'S A CHANCE THAT SOMEONE COULD MEET BOTH CRITERIA IN WHICH CASE THEY COULD GET ACCESS TO BOTH MONEY.

AND THERE'S A CHANCE THAT THEY MIGHT ONLY MEET ONE OF THE CRITERIA, WHICH THEY ONLY GET ACCESS TO THAT MONEY.

IN ADDITION, THERE'S PUBLIC, WE OWN SPACES THAT MIGHT BE AVAILABLE, WHICH THE USE OF THOSE IS ESSENTIALLY JUST LIKE MONEY BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE TO BUY THEM NECESSARILY.

UM, AND THERE'S A CHANCE FOR SUBSIDIZED, UM, FUNDING FROM THE PHILANTHROPIC COMMUNITY AND OTHERS THAT MIGHT BE AVAILABLE AS WELL AS SERVICES, UM, THAT MIGHT BE AVAILABLE.

AND WE'LL WALK EVERYONE THROUGH THAT.

I DON'T KNOW IF IT'LL BE ME, BUT AEDC STAFF WILL WALK THROUGH PEOPLE IN THOSE SESSIONS THAT I SAID WE WOULD HAVE.

SO NO ONE IS CONFUSED.

WE'LL TAKE EACH PERSON THAT WANTS TO APPLY, OR EACH ORGANIZATION WILL SIT DOWN WITH THEM AND EXPLAIN TO THEM WHETHER THEY QUALIFY FOR ONE OR THE OTHER, IF THEY NEED TO PARTNER WITH SOMEONE, WE'LL HAVE A MEETING WHERE THEY CAN MEET OTHER PEOPLE WHO WANT TO PARTNER.

WE'RE GOING TO HOLD EVERYONE'S HAND ALL THE WAY THROUGH, BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND IT'S COMPLICATED, BUT IT'S A WAY TO GET PEOPLE ALL WORKING TOGETHER AND GET THE BEST OUTCOME THAT WE THINK WE CAN GET LIKE COMMISSIONER MA.

UH, THANK YOU, MATTHEW.

SO, UH, I KNOW WE HAVE, UH, A COMMITTEE, UH, SET UP TO ADDRESS THE PURPOSE AND THE NEEDS OF THAT 12 MILLION BOND MONEY.

AND SO I AM WONDERING, UH, WHEN YOU SEND OUT THE I'LL F Q THE LANGUAGE THAT IS ON THE APP QUEUE, UM, COULD IT BE, UM, MAYBE, UH, OUR PREVIOUS COMMITTEE MEMBERS CAN TAKE A LOOK AT IT TO MAKE SURE THAT, THAT, UH, THE INTENT OF THE BOND WAS INCLUDED IN THE RFQ.

I MEAN, I DON'T REMEMBER.

MAYBE YOU HAVE SAID THAT.

AND I DON'T REMEMBER SEEING THAT, THAT THE, THE, THE, THE LANGUAGE IN THE IFQ, SO THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION.

WE HAVEN'T SHARED THE LANGUAGE FOR THE RFI RFP, I'M CALLING IT.

RFQ IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT.

UM, BUT THIS WE'RE CURRENTLY PLANNING ON FOR THIS TO BE AN RFP.

IT'S WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.

I JUST WANT TO BE CLEAR WITH THE LANGUAGE, SO NO ONE COULD BE CONFUSED IF THEY'RE GEARING LATER.

UM, AND, UH, WHAT WE HAVE TO NAVIGATE IN DOING THAT IS, FIRST OF ALL, WE WOULD NEED THE APPROVAL OF OUR BOARD TO DO THAT.

UM, I DON'T KNOW THAT THAT WOULD BE PROBLEMATIC, BUT ANYONE THAT REVIEWS THE LANGUAGE OF QUALIFICATIONS OF AN RFP OR PROCUREMENT CAN'T APPLY FOR THE MONEY.

SO, UM, THAT'S INDEED WHY WE CREATED THIS ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

AND I AM SAYING AGAIN, WE REALLY HOPE SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO WORKED ON THAT JUST JOIN THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE, AND THEN YES, THEY'RE REVIEWING THE WHOLE RFP.

UM, WE'RE USING THAT HELP AND WE WOULD LOVE MORE OF THOSE PEOPLE.

I THINK WE CAN TAKE BACK TO OUR BOARD IF THEY WANT TO DO A SHARING WITH THAT OTHER GROUP.

I DON'T HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE THAT DECISION.

I'M NOT SAYING THAT COULDN'T HAPPEN.

I THINK IT DEFINITELY COULD.

I JUST AM NOT AUTHORIZED TO COMMIT TO THAT.

NO, I I'M JUST, YOU KNOW, TO, UM, BEFORE THAT, BECAUSE SINCE WE ALREADY HAVE A COMMITTEE, I THINK IT'S THREE, FOUR PEOPLE, UH, WHO HAS SAT ON THE COMMITTEE AND HAVE WORKED VERY HARD, YOU KNOW, UH, TO COME UP WITH, WITH

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LIVE THE PURPOSE AND THE GOALS, YOU KNOW, UH, FOR THE 12 MILLION BOND.

SO I WAS WONDERING, UM, I DON'T KNOW IF THEY'RE INTERESTED TO APPLY, UH, BUT IF THEY ARE NOT, WOULD IT BE OKAY OR APPROPRIATE FOR THEM TO TAKE A LOOK AT IT, TO MAKE SURE, UM, THAT BEFORE WE SEND OUT AN RFP, RFP, THAT THE INTENT IS INCLUDED IN THE LANGUAGE, I'M JUST TRYING TO BE PROACTIVE.

SO I THINK LULU AND, UM, I MEAN, THE COMMISSION OF FOREST AND COMMISSIONABLE GUARD, BOTH OF YOU WERE, AND MAYBE COMMISSION A BOND TO, UH, ON THAT COMMITTEE.

SO I DON'T KNOW.

YOU GIVE, YOU, YOU HAVE, YOU MIGHT APPLY FOR, FOR THE RFP THAT IT MIGHT HAVE CONFLICT, IF NOT, THEN I THINK, UM, JUST, JUST TO AVOID, UM, TO AVOID, YOU KNOW, UH, WE PAIRING, YOU KNOW, DOWN THE ROAD THAT MAYBE TO HAVE THEM TO TAKE A LOOK AT IT FIRST, MAYBE SORRY.

UH, BEFORE ANYONE SAYS ANYTHING ELSE? UH, I THINK THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

LET'S WRITE IT DOWN.

LET'S DISCUSS THAT IN NEW BUSINESS.

OKAY.

UM, AND, UH, SHAKA THAT'S WHAT I WAS GOING TO ASK YOU IS LIKE, CAN LET'S LET'S MOVE ON.

WE'LL WE'LL, LET'S ASK EVERYBODY TO WRITE DOWN THEIR QUESTIONS.

IF THEY STILL HAVE LINGERING QUESTIONS, LET'S ASK STAFF TO HANG ON TO THE COO ON THE CALL, BUT LET'S MOVE TO THE NEXT ITEM.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

I MEAN, THAT'S A GREAT SUGGESTION.

APPRECIATE IT.

THANKS EVERYBODY FOR YOUR COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS.

UM, HOPE EVERYBODY LISTENING IS LEARNING MORE TODAY ABOUT ALL THIS GREAT WORK THAT'S ABOUT TO HAPPEN IN AUSTIN NEED MUCH, MUCH NEEDED.

UM, OKAY.

THANK YOU, DAVID.

APPRECIATE IT.

LIKE YOU GOT MUTED.

OUR NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS TO BE,

[2b.Hotel Occupancy Tax Update – Sylnovia Holt-Rabb, Acting Director of theEconomic Development Department]

UM, THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX UPDATE.

SO NOVIA HOLT, ROB ACTING DIRECTOR OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONERS.

IF YOU COULD BRING UP MY PRESENTATION, I WILL TRY TO GO SLOW YET QUICK THROUGH OUR PRESENTATION.

NEXT SLIDE.

I'M GOING TO BE PROVIDING AN OVERVIEW OF THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX FOR ALL THREE DIVISIONS MUSIC DIVISION, WHICH OVERSEES THE LIVE MUSIC, FUN HERITAGE TOURISM AND THE CULTURAL ARTS DIVISION FUND.

JUST WANT TO REMIND THE COMMISSIONERS AND THE PUBLIC THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S FISCAL YEAR BEGINS OCTOBER ONE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30TH OF THE NEXT YEAR.

ALL OF THESE FUNDS ARE APPROVED BY COUNCIL.

WHEN THE FUNDS ARE PRESENTED, THE REVENUE SIDE IS AN ESTIMATE.

AGAIN, I WANT TO SAY THAT WHEN THESE FUNDS ARE PRESENTED TO COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL, THEY ARE ESTIMATING THE AMOUNT OF REVENUE THAT MAY COME IN IN A PARTICULAR YEAR.

SO LET'S START WITH THE LAG MUSIC FUND.

IT WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2019, THE ACTUALLY THAT HAVE BEEN COLLECTED, AND THIS IS AN AUDITED NUMBER AND CAN BE FOUND IN OUR CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS IS ACTUALLY 1.7.

THE ESTIMATE THAT WE ANTICIPATE BRINGING IN THIS FISCAL YEAR, WHICH BEGAN OCTOBER 1ST, 2020, AND IT ENDS SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2021 IS APPROXIMATELY $1.1 MILLION.

AND THAT IS IN COLUMN NUMBER THREE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT.

THIS SAYS ESTIMATED COLUMN NUMBER FOUR THAT SAYS AMENDED IS WHAT COUNCIL APPROVED AT THE TIME OF BUDGET APPROVAL IN AUGUST OF LAST YEAR.

SO COUNCIL APPROVED AN ESTIMATE OF 2.2, BUT AS YOU ALL KNOW, WE HAVE BEEN IN A PANDEMIC AND OLYMPIC TRAVEL.

SO IT'S ESTIMATED THAT BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2021, WE WILL HAVE COLLECTED $1.1 MILLION.

I JUST WANT TO REITERATE FOR THE COMMISSIONERS AND THE PUBLIC HAVE NOT PRESENTED ANY GUIDELINES FOR THIS FUND.

WE HAVE NOT SPENT ANY MONEY FROM THIS FUND.

YOU WILL BE BRINGING GUIDELINES BACK BEFORE THE WORKING GROUP AND THE MUSIC COMMISSION PRIOR TO TAKING THEM TO COUNCIL.

AND THE DIVISION MANAGERS WILL SPEAK TO ALL THREE.

BUT AGAIN, I WANT TO REITERATE REVENUES FOR ALL OF THESE FUNDS

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ARE ALWAYS ACCRUED AS AN ESTIMATE.

NEXT YEAR, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS RECOMMENDING A SPENDING FRAMEWORK OUT OF THIS BUN OF A MILLION DOLLARS.

AND THAT IS IN THE FOURTH COLUMN, MINE CALLED PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS.

IT HAS ESTIMATED AGAIN, THE REVENUE FOR NEXT YEAR, WHICH IS THEN THE LAST COLUMN WE'RE ESTIMATING AT 1.5.

BUT AGAIN, YOU'RE STILL IN A PANDEMIC OR STILL TRYING TO GET THE NUMBERS UNDER CONTROL SO THAT PEOPLE ARE COMFORTABLE WITH TRAVEL.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS AGAIN, I WANT TO REPEAT THIS FUN.

YOU HAVE NOT SPENT ANY MONEY OUT OF IT.

WE ARE WORKING ON THE GUIDELINES AND WE'LL BE BRINGING THOSE BACK.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

COMMISSIONER FLORES HAS HER HAND UP JUST A QUICK QUESTION.

SO THESE FUNDS, I'M SORRY.

CAN YOU HEAR ME OKAY? YEAH.

SO THE, SO THE LIVE MUSIC FUND FUNDS COME FROM WHEN THEY APPROVE THE, UH, THE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE CONVENTION CENTER.

THIS IS WHY THE GUIDELINES THAT HAVE BEEN WRITTEN AND IT'S MONEY IT'S TO BE USED PROSPECTIVELY BECAUSE THOSE, UH, THAT'S MONEY THAT'S COMING IN THROUGH THAT, UH, THAT IS CORRECT.

THE, UM, AS PART OF THE EXPANSION, THERE WAS AN ADDITIONAL 2 CENTS ADDED TO THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX.

15% OF THAT GOES ON AND 15% GOES INTO HERITAGE.

AND, AND, UH, JUST TO ADD ON COMMISSIONER FLORES THAT LIKE WE HAD A WHOLE WORKING GROUP THAT CAME UP WITH, UM, RECOMMENDATIONS OF HOW TO, TO ADMINISTER THAT MONEY AND ALL THOSE THINGS.

AND ALSO TALK FOR MONTHS ABOUT EQUITY, UM, NOT IN AN OVERLAY, BUT A DIRECT EQUITY INPUT, UM, IN TERMS OF HOW TO, UM, DISTRIBUTE THE FUNDS.

AND ALL OF THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS OUR HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUND.

AND THIS FUND, ALTHOUGH YOU SEE ACTUALS FROM 2018 THROUGH 19, THIS IS STILL A RELATIVELY NEW FUND.

AND AGAIN, THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS ALLOCATED THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT TO HERITAGE TOURISM.

THIS FUN, UM, HAS, UM, ENGAGED, UM, CONTRACTED FOR VARIOUS PROGRAMS IN F Y 19 AND 20, WHICH IS THE FIRST COLUMN FROM THE LEFT.

AND THE SECOND COLUMN FROM THE LEFT.

NOW, I WOULD LIKE TO BRING YOUR ATTENTION TO THE THIRD COLUMN, WHICH IS THE ESTIMATE, AS YOU KNOW, WE ARE IN A PANDEMIC.

AND SO THE REVENUE THAT WAS APPROVED BY COUNCIL WAS AN ESTIMATE, AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO REALIZE THAT THE ESTIMATE IS REFLECTING A 5.9 REVENUE, UH, ACHIEVEMENT, HOPEFULLY BY SEPTEMBER 30TH.

BUT IF YOU LOOK IN THE FOURTH COLUMN, YOU HAD APPROVE A $10 MILLION BUDGET.

SO YOU CAN SEE JUST LIKE THE LIVE MUSIC FUND ABOUT HALF OF THAT IS COMING IN.

WE HAVE COMMITTED TO HOLDING ALL THE CONTRACTS THAT HAVE BEEN EXECUTED AND THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION, OH, THERE IS A LINE ITEM OR A PROPERTY ACQUISITION THAT FOLLOWS THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION GUIDELINES.

IF THAT OCCURS, THIS FUND COULD GO NEGATIVE TO THE TUNE OF $2.3 MILLION.

AGAIN, THE THIRD COLUMN FROM THE LEFT, IF WE HOLD, UM, COMMIT TO ALL CONTRACTS AND ACQUISITION, THIS FUND HAS THE POTENTIAL TO GO NEGATIVE 2.3.

IF THAT OCCURS THAT NEGATIVE WILL BE CARRIED FORWARD TO NEXT FISCAL YEAR, IT IS ESTIMATED AGAIN, REVENUES ARE AN ESTIMATE BASED ON TRAVEL.

PEOPLE STAYED IN A HOTEL, STAYED IN A HOTEL ONLY ABOUT $8 MILLION.

SO WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE A VERY ROBUST PROGRAM.

NEXT YEAR.

WE'RE ONLY SHOWING AN EXPENDITURE OF ABOUT 4.1 MILLION.

AGAIN, I WANT TO REITERATE, ALWAYS WORK ON THE REVENUES BASED ON AN ESTIMATE, BE COMMITTED TO KEEP ALL CONTRACTS WHOLE FOR HERITAGE AND CULTURAL ARTS THIS YEAR.

SO IF WE FULFILL ALL OBLIGATIONS, IT'S FUN.

WE'LL GO NEGATIVE.

ANY QUESTION, NEXT SLIDE

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PLEASE.

ART SPEND SAME CONCEPT, SAME PRINCIPLES.

REVENUES ARE AN ESTIMATE.

YOU CAN SEE THE ACTUAL STARTING LEFT TO RIGHT OR F Y 1908 F Y 20.

NOW WE COME TO THE CURRENT YEAR AGAIN, COVID WE THOUGHT BASED ON PRETTY COBIT THAT WE WOULD BRING IN ABOUT 7.7 MILLION.

WE'RE ACTUALLY, HOPEFULLY WE'LL BRING IN 3.8.

WE COMMITTED AGAIN TO HOLDING ALL CONTRACTS, MAKING THEM WHOLE, IF YOU FILED ALL YOUR PAPERWORK, EVERYTHING YOU WILL GET PAID, IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THIS FUND WILL END THE FISCAL YEAR OR A MILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT.