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[00:00:03]

TO CALL A

[CALL TO ORDER]

MEETING AND TALK ABOUT OUR MUSIC COMMISSION.

UH, ONLINE, STILL ONLINE, ONLINE.

I HEAR, UH, THE AUSTIN MUSIC COMMISSION TODAY IS MAY.

OH SHOOT.

WHAT IS IT? THE FOUR FIFTH, FOURTH, THIRD.

TODAY IS THE THIRD.

UH, THANKS EVERYBODY FOR TUNING IN.

WE'RE GOING TO START OFF WITH A CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

WE HAVE ONE INDIVIDUAL THAT'S GOING TO SPEAK, UH, DUSTY SACHS TEXTING.

ARE YOU THERE? CHOCOLATE.

WE ACTUALLY HAVE MUSIC FIRST ON THE AGENDA.

I'M SORRY.

I'M SORRY.

WAIT.

YEAH, JUST FORGET THAT.

LET'S GET INTO

[MUSICAL PERFORMANCE]

THE MUSIC.

WE HAVE A MUSICAL GUESTS HERE.

WE'VE GOT JESSICA LOPEZ ILOS.

WHAT'S THE ILOS.

WHAT? THAT'S FUNKY MONKEY MONKEYS.

THOSE FOGGY.

MCGEE'S GO.

ARE WE GOOD TO START? YES, I'M SO EXCITED TO, HERE WE GO.

ALRIGHTY.

FIRST OF ALL, MY NAME IS JUST LOPEZ AND UH, WELL GAME.

WE ARE THOSE FUCKING MONKEYS IN THAT.

AND UH, WHEN I INTRODUCED THE GUYS REAL QUICK ON GUITAR, WHEN WE HAVE MR. FRANK GOMEZ OVER HERE ON ACCORDION, MR. JJ, OR THE WRITER AND ON BASE, MR. CLARK, ALLISON.

ALL RIGHT, WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR INVITING US AND B FOR BEING PART OF THIS.

YOU'RE A LITTLE BIT OF CELEBRATION PART OF YOUR MEETING AND, UH, HERE WE GO.

YES,

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OKAY.

I'VE BEEN THINKING MY MOM WAS Y'ALL NICE.

I CAN FEEL THE SPIRIT OF THE CONNECTION.

WASN'T THAT GREAT.

BUT, UH, I COULD DEFINITELY FEEL THE ENERGY, MAN.

THANK Y'ALL SO MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR MUSIC WITH US.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING US.

ABSOLUTELY.

WHERE ARE YOU GUYS PLAYING NEXT? NEXT, THIS FRIDAY NIGHT.

AND WE'RE GOING TO BE IN, UM, INCLUDE A MEAL AT A PLACE CALLED .

IT'LL BE IT'S A RESTAURANT AND CANTINA AND ON SATURDAY WE'RE GOING TO BE AT BOTH MARRIES BOTH OF 'EM AND THE ONE ON SATURDAY IS THE NORTH AUSTIN.

ALL RIGHT, MAN.

WE'LL SHOUT OUT.

THANKS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU ALL FOR, FOR BEING AN ADMIN.

I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO CHECKING Y'ALL OUT SOON.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING US.

ALL RIGHT.

NICE.

HAS ANY OF, Y'ALL HEARD THEM BEFORE? AWESOME RECOMMENDATION FROM COMMISSIONER JAY AND I KNOW FRANK FROM LIKE MY TEJANO, YOURS IS, OH, YOU'D SAY HUNTER YEARS, LIKE IT MID EIGHTIES, TWO OR THREE YEARS.

OKAY, COOL.

SWEET.

THAT WAS, THAT WAS REALLY COOL.

I'M REALLY, I'M GLAD WE, WE BROUGHT THAT INTO THE MIX INTO THE MIX.

WELL, UH, WE CAN ADD SOME LINKS FOR THE MUSICIANS, FOR EVERYONE THAT'S PLAYING FOR THE MUSIC COMMISSION MEETINGS SO THAT PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS.

THEY CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THEM, GET ALL THEIR LINKS, SO TO SPEAK AND WE'LL WORK WITH ATX IN, AS WE GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS OF BRINGING THESE MEETINGS TO WEBEX, IT'S JUST A WORK IN PROGRESS.

ONE OF THE THINGS WITH THEM SO MUCH, BUT, UH, WE'LL LET EVERYBODY KNOW WHEN THOSE LINKS ARE LIVE AND WHERE THANKS.

ABSOLUTELY.

I LIKE, I LIKE THE, UH, ASPECT OF US BEING ABLE TO TALK WITH THEM, BUT MAYBE UNTIL WE GET THE AUDIO THING FIGURED OUT WE COULD DO A PRERECORDING.

UH, THAT'S A WHOLE OTHER, THAT'S A WHOLE OTHER THING, BUT I DEFINITELY ENJOY THE VIBE.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

YEAH, WE CAN EXPLORE FOR SURE.

OKAY.

SO NOW WE ARE ALL CITIZENS COMMUNICATION.

WE HAVE A DUST, THE FACTS THEN IF I, UM, IF I REMEMBER THAT CORRECTLY, WE HAVE ONE SPEAKER TODAY.

DUSTY YOU THERE.

DUSTY IS THAT I KNOW KIM IS NO.

DOES ANYONE.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, WE'RE GONNA MOVE ON TO THE APPROVAL

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

OF THE MINUTES.

UH, YOU GUYS HAD A CHANCE TO REVIEW THEM.

UM, IF YOU HAVE ANY CORRECTIONS, UH, LET ME KNOW.

OTHERWISE WE'LL HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES, A MOTION TO APPROVE BOTH.

CAN WE DO BOTH AT THE SAME TIME? YEAH.

ALL RIGHT.

MOTION TO APPROVE BOTH.

OKAY.

AWESOME.

ANYBODY? UH, OPPOSE.

ALRIGHT.

ALL IN FAVOR.

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ALL RIGHT.

MOTION CARRIES.

COOL.

AND WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO, UH, TO OLD BUSINESS HERE.

SORRY.

UH, T THAT JUST LOST IT.

WHERE TO GO.

YEAH.

UH,

[2a. Discussion and Possible Action on a submission process for live performances at Music Commission meetings.]

POST-ELECTION ON A SUBMISSION PROCESS FOR LIVE PERFORMANCES, BUT THE MUSIC COMMISSION.

SO, YEAH, LET'S GO AHEAD AND TALK ABOUT HOW TO HAVE MUSICIANS, LET US KNOW THAT THEY WOULD BE INTERESTED AND, YOU KNOW, IF WE NEED TO HAVE A SELECTION PROCESS FOR THAT.

DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY THOUGHTS, ANY IDEAS FROM, FROM FOLKS LAUREN COMMISSIONER GOOSE.

HI, THAT'S OKAY.

HI EVERYONE.

NICE TO SEE YOU ALL.

UM, ARE WE CURRENTLY JUST, UH, PEOPLE ARE NOMINATING, UH, FOLKS TO COME IN.

IS THAT HOW IT'S WORKING AT PRESENT? YEAH, WE'RE ACTUALLY FIGURING THAT OUT.

LIKE WE DO.

WE WANT TO HAVE EVERYONE NOMINATE SOMEONE TO, YOU KNOW, WE'RE, THIS IS OPEN TO DISCUSSION RIGHT NOW.

PROBABLY WE WANT TO ACTUALLY HAVE GUESTS.

SO DO YOU HAVE A SUGGESTION? UM, WELL, I MEAN, GETTING, WE JUST NEEDED, I GUESS, GET THE WORD OUT AND SEE WHO IS INTERESTED, BUT, UM, YEAH, I DON'T KNOW.

DO THAT MEANS THAT SOMEBODY HAS TO, UH, REVIEW APPLICANTS AND THROUGH THAT PROCESS, I GUESS.

SO, SO THE WAY THAT IT'S BEEN HAPPENING FOR THE LAST TWO MONTHS IS, UM, WE'VE HAD A COMMISSIONER GIVE US THE NAME OF A MUSICIAN AND THE CITY WILL CONTACT THEM AND GET THEM.

RIGHT.

UM, THAT, THAT, YEAH, THAT'S BEEN BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T HAD THIS CONVERSATION YET.

SO LIKE, I THINK WE WANT TO MAYBE OPEN IT UP TO PEOPLE THAT WE DON'T.

SOME PEOPLE I DON'T KNOW, TO HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE OPPORTUNITY.

SO WE'VE ACTUALLY BEEN IN DISCUSSION ABOUT A, A UNIVERSAL INTAKE FORM FOR ANY MUSICIAN THAT WOULD PLAY FOR CITY EVENTS, INCLUDING THE MUSIC COMMISSION MEETINGS, AS WELL AS CITY HALL MEET, YOU KNOW, SET THE CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS.

SO I'M WORKING ON THAT RIGHT NOW WITH OUR DATA PERSON AND AS SOON.

AND SO I CAN REPORT BACK TO YOU GUYS NEXT, NEXT TIME.

OKAY.

YOU MAY WANT TO LIKE DESIGNATE SOMEBODY AGAIN, JUST A DISTRICT EACH MONTH, EACH COMMISSIONER, SOMEONE FROM YOUR DISTRICT, BUT WE ARE WORKING ON A FORMAL PROCESS.

OKAY.

UM, SO WHO, WHO WOULD LIKE TO, I GUESS, NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THAT AS WELL? I THINK WE LIKE ERICA, I THINK MAYBE THIS IS WHAT ERICA WAS SAYING, AND WE HAD TALKED ABOUT THIS BEFORE AND MAYBE YOU'RE GOING DISTRICT BY DISTRICT.

SO EACH COMMISSIONER TEXTS THAT RESPONSIBILITY EACH MONTH.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, IDEALLY WE COULD HAVE A MUSICIAN, YOU KNOW, SHE USES A MUSICIAN FROM THEIR DISTRICT.

UM, SO I, I LIKE THE IDEA OF THAT, THAT WAY WE CAN SHOWCASE, UM, MUSICIANS FROM ALL OVER TOWN.

UM, YEAH, IT SEEMS LIKE WE JUST WENT IN NUMERICAL ORDER STARTING WITH ONE, TWO, THREE, AND ROUTE EITHER.

AND THEN START AGAIN THE NEXT YEAR.

YEAH.

I THINK THAT'S A GOOD IDEA.

WE HAVE A, DO WE HAVE SOMEONE ALREADY CHOSEN FOR JUNE? WE DID NOT.

I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT, YOU KNOW, BOTH THIS MONTH, EVEN THOUGH WE'RE CELEBRATING TODAY, UM, CINCO DE MAYO THIS MONTH IS ASIAN AND IRELAND HAS, UH, YOU KNOW, RELAX.

UM, MY BRAIN IS NOT WORKING VERY WELL, ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH.

AND ALSO NEXT MONTH OF COURSE, IS, UH, YOU KNOW, JUNETEENTH IS HAPPENING.

THERE'S A LOT OF COOL STUFF.

AND I WONDER IF, YOU KNOW, MAYBE FOR ONE MONTH, SINCE WE'RE NOT IN THE PROCESS YET OF THIS HAVING DECIDED MAYBE WE COULD HAVE TWO ARTISTS AND IT COULD BE LIKE HONORING, YOU KNOW, ONE OF OUR, UM, ONE OF OUR SOLO ARTIST OR BAND FROM EACH COMMUNITY.

AND WE COULD, YOU KNOW, JUST FOR ONE MONTH UNTIL WE GET THIS THING GOING WHERE WE KIND OF HAVE THIS DECIDED THAT'D BE A COOL WAY TO CONNECT WITH A LOT OF THE CONTENT AND THE, YOU KNOW, CONVERSATIONS WE'VE BEEN HAVING ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY AND ABOUT SUPPORTING DIFFERENT, UH, YOU KNOW, COMMUNITIES WITHIN OUR GREATER COMMUNITY.

I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH PEOPLE ARE BEING PAID, BUT THAT WOULDN'T DOUBLE THE COST FOR THAT MONTH.

THEY'RE BEING PAID THIS, THE CITY STANDARD RATE, UM, WHICH IS THE ONE 50 PER MUSICIAN PER HOUR.

WE CAN

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APPROVE TWO FOR NEXT MONTH.

IT'D BE LIKE SWEET TO, UH, TO MUSIC TO PERFORMANCE.

YEAH.

OKAY.

YES.

WE'RE, WE'RE HAVING SOME CONVERSATIONS ON THE CITY END OF OUT, LIKE JUST HOW WE CAN MAKE THIS MORE STREAMLINED AND MAYBE A PRE-RECORDING IS WHERE IT'S AT.

UM, BUT WE CAN COORDINATE WITH WHOEVER WANTS TO TAKE THE LEAD ON COORDINATING THOSE TWO MUSICIANS AND MAYBE GET, GET SOMETHING PRE RECORDED FOR THEM FOR NEXT MONTH.

YEAH, LET'S DO THAT.

OKAY.

YEAH, I THINK, BUT ALSO INVITING THEM MAYBE TO AT LEAST BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE TO SAY SOMETHING OR, YOU KNOW, SHARE WHERE THEY'RE PERFORMING.

AND I THINK THAT'S, THAT'S GREAT TOO.

YEAH.

THEY CAN JOIN JUST LIKE WE'RE JOINING FOR THE CONVERSATION.

AND SO THAT'S LIVE, BUT THE ACTUAL ART TO THE QUALITY IS PRERECORDED.

YEAH.

THAT PART.

YEP.

GREAT.

UM, SO, UM, I HEARD GOING, GOING BY DISTRICT AND I HEARD, UM, YOU KNOW, KIND OF LIKE MONTHLY CULTURAL THINGS WHERE Y'ALL AT, WHERE Y'ALL THINKING, I LIKE, I'M SORRY.

YEAH.

I LIKE JUST GOING THROUGH THE DISTRICTS, THAT SOUNDS REAL SMOOTH.

AND EVERYBODY GETS A CHANCE TO THINK ABOUT IT, YOU KNOW, AND, AND IN WELL IN ADVANCE.

CAUSE YOU KNOW, WHEN YOUR NUMBER'S COMING UP, THAT MIGHT BE A REAL, REAL EASY OF THE OTHER CHOICES.

IT SEEMS QUITE SIMPLE AND SIMPLE ALWAYS SEEMS TO BE A LITTLE BIT MORE ELEGANT FUNCTION.

THERE'S ALSO NO REASON WHY YOU COULDN'T COMBINE THOSE TWO.

I MEAN, YOU, I MEAN THE PERSON WHO'S DOING DISTRICT TWO, IF IT'S SPECIFIC CULTURAL, UH, MONTH COULD, YOU KNOW, PROGRAM AND NOT ACKNOWLEDGING THAT I DON'T SEE, THEY DON'T SEEM MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE TO ME.

ABSOLUTELY NOT.

I THINK SO.

YEAH.

UM, DO YOU WANT TO HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT WHAT, WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT? LIKE, DO PEOPLE HAVE A SENSE OF THE CALENDAR RIGHT NOW? LIKE WHAT I KNOW LIKE THIS MONTH IT'S LIKE, YOU KNOW, SIBLING MONTH SIBLING DAY OR WHATEVER, LIKE WHAT, WHAT WE'RE GOING TO CELEBRATE, WHAT WE'RE GOING TO FOCUS ON.

MAYBE WE CAN TALK ABOUT THAT.

THERE'S ANY, YOU KNOW, I KNOW, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT JUNE LIKE JUNE TEAM, BUT THERE'S ALSO BLACK HISTORY MONTH IS THE AAPI THERE'S WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH.

SO, UM, THOUGHTS ON THAT MONTH IS ALSO PRIDE.

SO ANOTHER CONSIDERATION, SO YEAH, EXACTLY.

SO YEAH, MY THOUGHT WOULD BE TO, UH, ENCOURAGE THE CURATOR TO THINK THOSE THINGS.

AND MAYBE THERE'S A MONTHLY EMAIL TO ALL THE COMMISSIONERS, HEY, ANY, UM, HOLIDAYS OR CULTURALLY SPECIFIC, UH, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS YOU WANT TO MAKE, PLEASE FEED THOSE IDEAS TO WHOEVER THE CURATOR IS AND TO SIMPLIFY IT AT SINGLE CURATOR EVERY MONTH TAKES ALL THAT INFORMATION AND CHOOSE IT SOMEWHERE.

OKAY.

YEAH.

I LIKED THAT PROCESS.

SO YEAH, WE CAN JUST GO AHEAD AND START WITH DISTRICT Y.

AND IS THAT PATRICE OR YOUR DISTRICT ONE? SORRY, I CAN'T KEEP TRACK.

ALL RIGHT THEN.

YEAH, I WOULD SAY THAT'S EASY.

LET'S JUST GO THROUGH THE NUMBERS AND ASK EACH COMMISSIONER TO BE MINDFUL OF WHAT'S GOING ON, UM, LIKE MONTH AND WE CAN GIVE THEM SUGGESTIONS AND THEN ALSO TAKE INTAKE THROUGH, YOU KNOW, IF WE HAVE SUBMISSIONS, THE CITY CAN LET US KNOW, UH, WHO'S EXPRESSED INTEREST.

OKAY.

SO, UH, DISTRICT TWO, CAN WE JUST, UH, CAN WE KIND OF WRITE THIS DOWN REAL QUICK? OR CAN WE TAKE NOTES? SO WE'RE JUNE WE'RE UM, THAT'S ME.

UM, DISTRICT TWO WOULD BE JULY THAT'S COMMISSIONER GOULD.

UH, AUGUST WOULD BE WHO? DISTRICT THREE WAS THAT? OH, THAT'S AL I THINK, YEAH.

OKAY.

SO THIS, UH, JULY IS OUR COMMISSIONER DUARTE.

AUGUST IS FOR COMMISSIONER GARCIA, SEPTEMBER IT'S DISTRICT FIVE.

WHO'S THAT? UM, DISTRICT STUART SULLIVAN SEPTEMBER, UM, OCTOBER DISTRICT SIX AND CHARLOTTE, HOPEFULLY YOU GUYS WRITE THAT DOWN, GETTING AHEAD OF YOUR GAME.

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CAN YOU GOTTA STEP IT UP AFTER DISTRICT ONE GOES, I'M JUST LETTING Y'ALL KNOW RIGHT NOW.

IT'S GOING TO BE LASER LIGHTS AND FIREWORKS.

I, UH, NOVEMBER.

YEAH, BALI IS SIX AND I'M SEVEN.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO YOUR NOVEMBER THEN? YES.

ALL RIGHT.

DECEMBER IS A DISTRICT AIDE WHO WAS, UH, WAS THAT DOUG? OKAY.

UM, DISTRICT NINE IS, WOULD BE THEN JANUARY TREES.

UH, WE'RE LOOKING AT FEBRUARY DOES THAT ALL RIGHT.

AND THEN THAT'S EVERYTHING, THAT'S IT RIGHT.

THAT'S TELLING US YOU GOT THE MIRROR.

SO POINTY.

OH, GRAHAM, RIGHT.

SORRY, GRAHAM.

WELL, THAT'S FINE.

IF WE WANT TO KEEP TO THE DISTRICT FORMULA, WE CAN START AGAIN AND SKIP ME OR I'M HAPPY TO DO IT.

AND, UH, IN FEBRUARY OR MARCH.

YEAH, I THINK THAT WAS FEBRUARY.

OR WAS IT MARCH? I DON'T KNOW.

WHAT WAS THE CAMP? WHAT WAS THAT? WHO WAS WRITING IT DOWN? WHAT WAS IT? YEAH.

MARCH IS AS OKAY.

MARCHES GRANT.

OKAY.

OKAY.

THANKS.

Y'ALL ANY OTHER, UM, COMMENTS ON THAT OR IDEAS? THOUGHTS? I THINK WE'RE ONE MONTH OFF.

I THINK YOU'RE YOURSELF.

UH, YOU'RE JUNE AND THEN I WILL BE JULY AND THEN I'LL WOULD BE AUGUST.

AND THEN WE GO AND THEN I THINK GRAHAM, OUR COMMISSIONER REYNOLDS WOULD BE APRIL ALL THE WAY THROUGH THAT.

WE CAN SORT THAT OUT LATER.

OKAY.

YEAH.

I WAS NOT WRITING IT DOWN.

SO KIM IS THAT, IS THAT RIGHT? UM, UH, I KNOW THE ARTS COMMISSION IS MUCH MORE FORMAL THAN US AND USES THE TITLE AND LAST NAME.

I'M PERFECTLY FINE WITH KEEPING OUR IN FORMALITY OF FIRST NAMES.

I THINK, I THINK IT CONTRIBUTES TO ACCESSIBILITY IN A WAY, BUT I, BUT FORMALITY MAKES IT SOUND LIKE WE'RE TAKING OUR, OUR WORK MORE SERIOUSLY.

SO EITHER WAY IS GRAPE ON ME.

I FLUCTUATE BACK.

ALL RIGHT.

I DON'T, I DON'T HAVE ANY EXPECTATION.

ANYBODY ELSE HAS TO DO IT, BUT I KIND OF LIKE SOMETIMES I LIKE TUITION NEW.

COOL.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY? THAT WAS BETTER.

YEAH.

I'M JUST SAYING NO APOLOGIES NEEDED FOR FIRST NAME.

OH, RIGHT ON.

UM, OKAY.

TO BE

[2b. Discussion and Possible Action following a presentation by Molly Alexander from the Downtown Austin Alliance.]

DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION.

FOLLOWING THE PRESENTATION BY MOLLY ALEXANDER FROM DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE.

I'M SORRY, CHOCOLATE.

THIS IS CAM, SORRY TO BREAK IN A DUSTY.

SAXON IS ON THE PHONE.

HE WAS OUR SPEAKER AND HE WASN'T ABLE TO DIAL IN, BUT HE IS ON THE PHONE NOW, UH, FOR A CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

SO IF YOU MIGHT FIND A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN, UH, LET HIM SPEAK.

SO WE ONLY GOT ONE SPEAKER, SO THAT WAS COOL.

YOU GUYS OKAY WITH THAT? OKAY.

DUSTY, SEXY.

YES, SIR.

THE FLOOR IS YOURS.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

OKAY.

UM, GREAT TO TALK TO YOU GUYS.

MY NAME, JESSE SAXON.

UM, I'M GOING TO TRY TO BE QUICK ON THIS.

SO, UM, I, MYSELF, I'M A LIFELONG AUSTIN MUSICIAN.

UM, I, MY, UH, I MEAN, I'VE, I MOVED TO AUSTIN TO PURSUE BEING A PROFESSIONAL DRUMMER AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I WAS ABLE TO DO.

UM, THROUGHOUT MY, UM, MY LIFE.

I, YOU KNOW, I NEVER, UH, REALLY THOUGHT THAT I WOULD CONTINUE PLAYING DRUMS FOR A LIVING ALL THE WAY UNTIL MY THIRTIES.

UM, BUT I DID.

AND IT WAS AWESOME.

AND, UM, WHEN 2020 HITS AND, YOU KNOW, THE MUSIC INDUSTRY ENDED, I, UH, ENDED UP IN THE WORLD OF LIFE INSURANCE AND I REACHED OUT TO, UH, PAT FROM, UM, ACX MUSICIANS AND IT AS A WAY TO TRY AND, UM, REACH OUT TO MORE, FOR MORE, UH, MUSICIANS TO, TO INSURE THEM WITH LIFE INSURANCE.

AND PART OF MY LIFE INSURANCE LICENSE ENABLES ME TO DO THINGS, LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES THAT WORK TOWARDS PEOPLE'S RETIREMENT AND THE BAND THAT I PLAYED FOR FOR THE LAST EIGHT YEARS, ABOUT FOUR YEARS INTO BEING IN THE BAND, WE WERE ABLE TO GET, UH, A 401K AND A RETIREMENT PLAN.

AND IT WAS REALLY AWESOME AND IT KIND

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OF REALLY, UH, SHOWED ME LIKE, WOW, THESE MUSICIANS NEVER GET THIS TYPE OF STUFF.

UM, YOU KNOW, I WAS JUST ONE OF THE LOOKING ONES.

AND THEN THROUGHOUT BECOMING A LIFE INSURANCE AGENT, I SAW HOW PEOPLE CAN HAVE THEIR OWN LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES THAT WILL ACT AS RETIREMENT.

UM, IT'S LIKE A LIFE INSURANCE AND RETIREMENT ALL WRAPPED IN TOGETHER.

UM, SO I CONTACTED PAT ABOUT TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO JUST REACH OUT TO MORE MUSICIANS AND LET THEM KNOW ABOUT THIS KIND OF THING.

AND MAYBE FOR ME TO JUST START KIND OF TALKING TO INDIVIDUAL MUSICIANS AND ENROLLING THEM, BUT PAT HAD A BIGGER IDEA AND PAT KIND OF, IT KIND OF INVITED ME TO, UH, WRAP MY HEAD AROUND A BIGGER SCOPE, A BIGGER IDEA.

AND SO I RESEARCHED SOME THINGS THAT OTHER STATES DO, UM, ABOUT TRYING TO ENSURE A, A GROUP OF PEOPLE, UH, KIND OF IT ALTOGETHER AS A GROUP.

UM, AND IN MY RESEARCH I DISCOVERED SOMETHING SURE IT'S TRUST AND A LIFE INSURANCE TRUST IS SOMETHING THAT, UM, YOU CAN, YOU KNOW, ACCUMULATE A LARGE FUND OF MONEY IN THIS, INTO THIS TRUST.

AND A TRUST CAN BE THE PAYER OF A LIFE INSURANCE POLICY AND ALSO THE BENEFICIARY BENEFICIARY OF A LIFE INSURANCE POLICY.

UM, SO TRYING TO KIND OF WRAP THIS UP QUICKLY, I, I KIND OF CAME UP WITH THIS THING CALLED AMPS.

THEY AUSTIN MUSICIANS, PENSION AND EQUITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST.

AND IT'S A BIG IDEA.

IT'S A LOFTY IDEA, KIND OF LIKE HAM AND SIMS, YOU KNOW, HAM TAKES CARE OF TAKES CARE OF HEALTH INSURANCE SINCE TAKES CARE OF MENTAL HEALTH THINGS THAT MUSICIANS NEED AMPS WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT WOULD, UH, HELP OR HOPEFULLY JUST PAY OUTRIGHT.

UM, THE LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES FOR MUSICIANS THAT MEET CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS.

YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY SOMEONE HAS TO BE A FULL-TIME MUSICIAN.

SOMEONE HAS TO MAYBE LIVE.

I MEAN, IT WOULD HAVE ELIGIBILITY SIMILAR TO HIM.

I MEAN, WHEN I BECAME A HAM MEMBER, YOU HAD TO LIVE IN TRAVIS COUNTY AND YOU HAD TO MAKE, UM, YOU KNOW, A CERTAIN BULK OF YOUR INCOME FROM PLAYING MUSIC.

UM, I SEE THIS AS CREATING A LIFE INSURANCE TRUST THAT WOULD BE FUNDED MAYBE.

I MEAN, PAT HAD DIFFERENT IDEAS.

MAYBE IT'S PARTIALLY FUNDED BY THE CITY.

MAYBE IT'S PARTIALLY FUNDED FROM DONATIONS, BUT THIS TRUST WOULD BUILD UP AND IT WOULD PAY THE PAY, THE PREMIUMS, MONTHLY PAYMENTS ONTO, UM, LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES FOR MUSICIANS AND THESE PREMIUMS STORE UP AND ACCUMULATE VALUE.

AND THAT'S VALUE EARNS INTEREST BASED ON THE STOCK MARKET.

IT'S KIND OF LIKE A 401K, BUT 401KS ARE RISKY.

THEY CAN ACTUALLY LOSE MONEY IF THE MARKET DIES AND IUL, WHICH IS AN INDEXED UNIVERSAL LIFE INSURANCE POLICY.

UM, IT DOESN'T EVER LOSE MONEY IN BAD YEARS.

SO IT'S BASICALLY KIND OF, THAT'S WHY I CALL IT THE AUSTIN MUSIC, AUSTIN MUSICIANS, PENSION, AND EQUITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST.

IT'S KIND OF LIKE A PENSION.

THE, THE W UM, THE MONEY IN THIS TRUST WOULD PAY THE PREMIUMS ON A LIFE INSURANCE POLICY THAT WOULD GROW ITSELF.

AND THEN AT, AT A CERTAIN AGE AT AGE 65 OR WHATEVER, ACTUALLY, UM, A MUSICIAN OR THE POLICY HOLDER CAN WITHDRAW FROM THEIR ACCUMULATED VALUE, LIKE A 401K, THEY CAN PAY THEMSELVES A RETIREMENT INCOME OUT OF IT.

UM, AND BECAUSE IT'S LIKE ASSURANCE, IF THE MUSICIAN, OR IF THE POLICY HOLDER PASSES AWAY AT ANY POINT DURING THE LIFE OF THE POLICY, IT PAYS A LUMP SUM BACK INTO THE TRUST, BUT THE TRUST WOULD BE IN CHARGE BASICALLY OF DISTRIBUTING THE FUNDS TO THE BENEFICIARIES, THE MUSICIANS, FAMILY, OR WHATEVER.

UM, IT, I MEAN, TRYING TO SUM THIS ALL UP IN THREE MINUTES, IT'S PRETTY DIFFICULT, BUT I MEAN, I FORESEE A WAY THAT THIS TRUST ONCE IT'S UP AND RUNNING COULD ACTUALLY BE SELF-SUFFICIENT BECAUSE THE, THE, THE LIFE INSURANCE PAYOUTS, I MEAN, IT SOUNDS, IT'S KIND OF MORBID TO SAY, BUT ONCE THE, ONCE THE POLICY HOLDERS PASS AWAY, THESE PAYOUTS FROM THE LIFE INSURANCE ARE PRETTY LOFTY.

I MEAN, SOMETIMES THEY END UP BEING 200,000, $300,000 OR MORE ON THE LIFE OF A MUSICIAN.

UM, IF, IF NEEDED TO BE THE LAW, THE TRUST COULD ACTUALLY RECOUP A PORTION OF THAT, UM, PAYOUT TO KIND OF SELF SUSTAIN ITSELF.

AND THESE MUSICIANS WOULD, THEIR LIVES WOULD STILL BE INSURED.

THEIR FAMILIES WOULD BE PROTECTED IF THEY PASS AWAY.

AND IF THE MUSICIAN LIVES FOR A LONG TIME, YOU KNOW, MEANING, UH, INTO THE AGES WHERE IT BECOMES DIFFICULT TO KEEP GIGGING, UM, THEN YOU BE ABLE TO, UH, PAY YOURSELF AN INCOME OUT OF THIS POLICY

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THAT'S BEEN PAID INTO OVER, YOU KNOW, 20 YEARS, 30 YEARS.

UM, SO MY KIND OF HOPES AND DREAMS FOR THIS IS THAT IT WOULD EVOLVE INTO KIND OF A LARGE, UH, YOU KNOW, LIKE A HAM OR LIKE A SIMS. UM, BUT THIS WOULD BE FOCUSED AROUND LIFE INSURANCE AND RETIREMENT FOR MUSICIANS.

UM, SO I'M SURE MY THREE MINUTES IS UP.

UH, BUT THAT'S, UM, KIND OF A, I MEAN, I, I THINK THERE'S A PROPOSAL THAT I PUT TOGETHER THAT I HOPE YOU GUYS HAVE, UM, THAT KIND OF EXPLAINS MORE IN DEPTH OF WHAT, UH, WHAT THIS IS, WHY I FEEL THERE'S A NEED FOR IT.

UM, AND KIND OF HOW I BELIEVE IT COULD BE EXECUTED AND HOW IT COULD EXIST.

UM, ALL RIGHT.

UM, I, UH, I'M, I'M ASSUMING THAT YOU SENT THAT INTO THE, TO THE CLERK'S OFFICE.

OKAY.

UM, WELL, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE TIME, BUT, UH, IF YOU, IF THAT, IF YOU'RE DONE WITH YOUR PRESENTATION, WE APPRECIATE YOU TAKING THE TIME AND, UH, LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING MORE ABOUT, UH, YOUR WORK.

SURE, ABSOLUTELY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

SO WE'RE ON THE, TO BE DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION FARM PRESENTATION BY MOLLY ALEXANDER FROM THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE AS MOLLY DID.

HI, I'M HERE.

HOW ARE YOU? GOOD, GOOD.

HOW ARE YOU? THANKS.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

UM, I'M TRYING TO SHARE MY SCREEN.

IT SAID THAT I COULD PRESENT, OH, HERE WE GO.

UM, THE FILE WAS QUITE LARGE, SO KIMBERLY AND I STRUGGLED WITH IT.

WELL, I'M, I'M, UH, MOLLY ALEXANDER AND I'M THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE FOUNDATION.

SO THE FOUNDATION IS THE FIVE OH ONE C3 ARM OF THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE.

AND WE LAUNCHED, UH, JUST A LITTLE OVER A YEAR, A YEAR AGO.

AND, UM, WHEN TALKING WITH SHAKA, I'M GOING TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT WE'RE DOING AT THE FOUNDATION, WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING IN KIND OF THE MUSIC AND MUSICIAN WORLD, UM, AND THEN KIND OF THE ROADMAP TO RECOVERY, UH, FOR DOWNTOWN THAT WE LAUNCHED AS AN ORGANIZATION LAST WEEK.

SO JUST TO GIVE YOU A LEVEL SET.

SO THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE FOUNDATION ARE, WE, WE LAUNCHED IN 20, ACTUALLY MARCH 20, 20, RIGHT AS, UH, COVID HIT.

UM, AND OUR MISSION IS TO IGNITE THE POTENTIAL OF DOWNTOWN THROUGH ART AND CREATIVE SPACES THAT CAPTURE THE SPIRIT OF AUSTIN BY AND FOR EVERYONE.

UH, ONE OF OUR BIGGEST PROJECTS IS REPUBLIC SQUARE.

SO WE, UH, OPERATE MANAGE PROGRAM AND RAISE ABOUT $350,000 A YEAR, UH, TO MAINTAIN THIS PUBLIC PARK IN DOWNTOWN AND DURING COVID.

WE HAD A LOT OF PARTNERS AND TRIED TO FIGURE OUT WAYS IN WHICH WE COULD KEEP PEOPLE ENGAGED AND ACTIVE.

UH, THIS WAS PARKED SPACE THAT WE PARTNERED WITH, UM, AIA AUSTIN, AND WE PROVIDED YOGA SOCIALLY DISTANCE, SAFE, YOGA TO THE COMMUNITY FOR FREE.

WE ALSO OPENED SALTON TIME CAFE.

OUR VENDOR IN THE PARK ACTUALLY OPENED IN AUGUST BEN RUNKLE AND HIS WIFE HAVE A GREAT PRODUCT, AND WE'RE VERY EXCITED TO HAVE THEM IN THE PARK.

YOU CAN GET BREAKFAST, LUNCH, AND DINNER, AND THEN YOU CAN ALSO GET BEER AND WINE.

SO FIRST TIME THAT'S OCCURRED IN A PUBLIC PARK IN AUSTIN.

UH, THIS YEAR WE ALSO WORKED AROUND THE AUCTION OAK, SO 850 YEAR OLD TREES.

IT'S THE FOUNDING OF AUSTIN HAPPENED UNDER THESE TREES.

AND WE RECEIVED A GRANT THIS YEAR AND WORKED WITH A NUMBER OF PARTNERS, INCLUDING THE WILDFLOWER CENTER, UH, TO REALLY REVIVE THE AUCTION OAKS.

AND SO THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE BEFORE.

THESE WERE THE DESIGN CONCEPTS.

THIS WAS THE WORK, UH, REMOVING SOME OF THE, THERE WERE BARRIERS IN THE PARK AND WE JUST IT'S A PUBLIC PARK AND WE REALLY DIDN'T.

WE WANT EVERYONE INCLUDED.

SO WE WANTED TO REMOVE SOME OF THE BARRIERS, ESPECIALLY THAT OVER THE ROOT ZONES.

UM, AND THEN, UM, WE REALLY OPENED IT UP, REINVIGORATED IT AND PLANTED, UM, UNDERNEATH THE TREES YOU CAN SEE ON THE FAR RIGHT IS THE AFTER.

AND THE OTHER TWO PICTURES ARE THE BEFORE.

OOPS.

UH, THERE'S A SECOND PHASE OF THIS PROJECT.

WE'RE THINKING ABOUT WORKING ON NEXT AND IT'S CREATING KIND OF MORE OF A WILDFLOWER GROVE, UM, IN THE PARK NEAR THE, UM, FEDERAL COURTHOUSE.

UH, WE ALSO RECEIVED A DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVE GRANT TO REALLY THINK ABOUT OUR PROGRAMMING AND OUR WORK AROUND THE PARK OF BEING MORE INCLUSIVE AND DIVERSE.

SO WE RECEIVED THAT FROM CENTRAL PARK CONSERVANCY, UH, IN THE FALL OF 2019, UM, AND FINISH THAT WORKOUT JUST, UH, THIS

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LAST YEAR.

UH, OUR BIGGEST PROJECT BEYOND REPUBLIC SQUARE IS A PROJECT CALLED WRITING ON THE WALLS.

WE LAUNCHED THIS, UH, RIGHT BEFORE COVID, UM, WHERE WE CURATED THE WALL AT THE LINE HOTEL WITH INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS CENTER, CVA AND SHEPHERD FERRY TO COMMEMORATE THE 19TH AMENDMENT, THE PASSAGE OF A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO VOTE.

BUT OF COURSE NOT ALL WOMEN GOT THE RIGHT.

AND WE CREATED A SERIES OF 26 DIFFERENT PUBLIC FREE EVENTS FROM FILM SCREENINGS, CONVERSATIONS, AND WORKSHOPS, UH, INCLUDING THE COMMUNITY AND ARTISTS, UH, THAT REALLY TALKED ABOUT THE NUANCES OF THE 19TH AMENDMENT AND THAT ASPECT OF WHO WAS NOT INCLUDED.

WHY NOT? AND WHERE ARE WE NOW? AND HOW DO WE MOVE THAT FORWARD? WE ALSO LAUNCHED SHADAE LAWSON'S MURAL HERE AT LAMAR.

IT WAS A WALL THAT THE CITY REALLY WANTED TO GET PAINTED.

SO WE WERE ABLE TO SECURE THE RIGHTS TO THAT AND HIRE SHOT A AND HAVE HER ON THE SAME BILLING WITH TWO INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS.

SHE IN FACT BOOKED HER FIRST INTERNATIONAL SHOW BECAUSE OF THIS WORK, UM, TOGETHER WITH SANDRA AND SHEPHERD, UH, THIS FALL, WE WORKED WITH, UM, PRIVATE, REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS AND HIRED FOR LOCAL ARTISTS TO INSTALL, UH, NEURALS ON A PROJECTS JUST SOUTH OF DOWNTOWN ON OLTORF AND SOUTH LAMAR.

UH, WE WORKED WITH TYLER HOBBS, JANICE WACK, SOPHIE ROACH SINCE ONLY DAD FERNANDEZ WHITE CHURCH ON THIS PROJECT.

AND THEN MOST RECENTLY UNDER WRITING ON THE WALLS, WE PARTNERED WITH THE ANNE RICHARD'S LEGACY PROJECT AND HUNG ART BANNERS REALLY COMMEMORATING THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INAUGURATION OF, UH, GOVERNOR RICHARDS, UM, IN COMMEMORATION WITH WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH IN MARCH, WE ALSO HAVE A THIRD LEG OF THE FOUNDATIONS.

WE HAVE THE SQUARE REPUBLIC SQUARE, WE HAVE THE MURALS, AND THEN WE HAVE WHAT'S CALLED PLACE.

AND THIS IS REALLY HOW DO WE ACTIVATE DOWNTOWN SPACES AND BRING CREATIVES TO THE COMMUNITY AND REALLY OPEN UP DOWNTOWN TO EVERYONE.

WE LAUNCHED THE BLUE STARLITE DRIVE IN, UH, AT THE ROOFTOP OF THE STATE PARKING GARAGE.

WE COULDN'T FIND THE CITY COULDN'T PERMIT THIS.

SO WE HAD TO GO TO THE STATE AND THAT'S BEEN UP AND RUNNING SINCE AUGUST.

UM, WE WORKED WITH THIS MERCHANTS IN THE 600 BLOCK OF CONGRESS AVENUE TO REALLY ACTIVATE THEIR BLOCK.

AND SO WE HELPED THEM DESIGN A SERIES OF ACTIVATIONS AND INSTALLATIONS, UM, WHERE IT COULD BE A COVID SAFE, FRIENDLY WAY OF THE WHOLE BLOCK WORKING TOGETHER TO ACTIVATE THEIR SPACE.

IT'S CALLED SHOP THE BLOCK.

AND, UM, THEY HAVE MUSICIANS, WE HIRE MUSICIANS ON THE WEEKENDS AND THEN, UM, MARKETS AND OTHER THINGS JUST TO BRING FOOT TRAFFIC TO THIS PART OF DOWNTOWN ROYAL BLUE REOPENED AT THIS LOCATION.

UM, AND THEN WILD ABOUT MUSIC IS ANOTHER PARTNER HERE.

THEY HAVE FOUR STORES, DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ROCKS, WILD ABOUT MUSIC, YUMMY JOIN, TOY JOY.

UM, AND IN SPEAKING WITH THEM LAST WEEK, THINGS HAVE REALLY HELPED THE WORK THAT WE'RE ALL DOING TOGETHER TO, TO BRING PEOPLE TO DOWNTOWN, UM, AND SHOP AND EAT A HOLIDAY STROLL.

WE PRODUCED THE TWO IT'S A TWO HOUR EVENT USED TO BE, AND NOW IT WAS A MONTH.

WE CREATED A MONTH LONG SERIES OF EVENTS AND ACTIVATIONS, UM, SO THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY, WE DIDN'T WANT TO CANCEL THE HOLIDAYS.

SO WE WANTED PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO COME DOWNTOWN, UH, PRINT OUT A PASS BOOK.

UM, WE INCLUDED RESTAURANTS, HOTELS, UM, UM, RETAILERS, SO THAT PEOPLE WOULD GO AROUND THE GRAND PRIZE, THE W HOTEL SO THAT PEOPLE WOULD SHOW UP AND COME INTO BUSINESSES.

AND WE ALSO STARTED OUR MUSIC BUSKING PROGRAM ON SECOND STREET.

UM, AND, UH, I'LL TALK ABOUT THAT IN A MINUTE, KIND OF HOW THAT'S MORPHED, BUT WE HIRED MUSICIANS.

MANY OF WHOM TOLD US IT WAS THE ONLY GIG THEY HAD GOTTEN ALL YEAR THAT HELPED PAY THE RENT.

UM, WE PARTNERED WITH HAM, WE FUND IT, UH, RAISE THE MONEY TO FUND IT.

HAM HELPS US BOOK THE MUSICIANS.

UM, AND IT WAS GREAT.

IT WAS SO MUCH FUN TO HAVE LIVE MUSIC BACK DOWN TOWN AND OPEN AND FREE TO EVERYONE.

OKAY.

UH, WE'VE NOW RAISED ADDITIONAL MONIES WE'VE SPENT ABOUT, UM, WE PUT $30,000 IN THE POCKETS OF MUSICIANS SINCE, UH, FEBRUARY, UH, HIRING MUSICIANS, BOTH ON CONGRESS, AND THEN ON SECOND STREET, UH, BUSKING, UM, ON SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS.

AND NOW THAT THREE 10 HAS BROUGHT BACK LIVE MUSIC, UM, AT THEIR ESTABLISHMENT FREE WE'RE BEGINNING TO COORDINATE IT.

SO YOU CAN ACTUALLY GO OUT FOR THE WEEKEND, CATCH A SHOW, HERE'S SOME LIVE MUSIC ON THE SIDEWALK, EAT OR SHOP.

UH, WE'RE ALSO WORKING ON RE-IMAGINING PUBLIC PLAZAS.

THIS IS A PRIVATELY ON PLAZA THAT THEY WANT TO MAKE INTO MORE OF A PUBLIC SPACE.

SO REALLY THINKING ABOUT ENGAGEMENT AND ACTIVATIONS MUSIC, FOOD, WHAT CAN WE DO IN THESE PLACES THAT ARE REALLY DEAD RIGHT NOW, WE'RE WORKING ON A MINI MURAL ART PROJECT.

WE HAVE 800, UM, ART, UH, TRAFFIC SIGNAL BOXES DOWNTOWN.

AND SO WE'RE ENGAGING LOCAL ARTISTS IN, IN TERMS OF BEING ABLE TO REALLY BRING THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER AND SHOWCASE THAT.

AND I FINALLY, UM, OH, AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE, UH, WORKED WITH RAISIN AND THE SUN RISE AND MACINTOSH, UM, WHERE WE CREATED AN OUTSIDE IN GALLERY, UH, AT NINE 14 CONGRESS AVENUE FEATURED EIGHT ARTISTS OPENING NIGHT WAS INSANE,

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UM, WITH, UH, JAZZ ON THE SIDEWALK.

AND WE HAD A COVID SAFE 20 PEOPLE AT A TIME FOR 12 MINUTES IN THE, IN THE GALLERY.

AND THEN IT LASTED FOR EIGHT WEEKS AND THE SPACE NOW HAS ACTUALLY BEEN LEASED.

UH, BUT THE GALLERY AND THE ARTISTS THAT CAME TOGETHER WERE PHENOMENAL, UM, TO PUT THIS ON, WE'RE NOW WORKING ON TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO ACTIVATE MORE VACANT STOREFRONTS AND DO THIS.

LONG-TERM NOT ONLY DURING A PANDEMIC, BUT WE KNOW THAT WHEN PROPERTY OWNERS ARE LEASING UP SPACES, THERE'S A VACANCY TENDS TO BE A VACANCY FOR ABOUT 18 MONTHS.

UM, AND SO WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT PROGRAMS AROUND THE COUNTRY OF HOW CAN WE HELP CURATE VACANT SPACES WITH MUSIC AND MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS.

AND I THINK THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS, UM, SHAKA, EXCUSE ME, SHAKA INVITED ME HERE IS WE'RE WORKING WITH SHAKA AND AMALIE, UH, TO BE, TO BEGIN TO SEE AS A PILOT PROJECT, IF WE CAN, THE FOUNDATION WOULD TAKE THE LEASE AT NO COST, UM, PASS THAT ON TO AN ART ARTIST, ART GROUP, A MUSICIAN AS A GALLERY OR A STUDIO SPACE.

UM, AND THEN THE ART ART GROUP WOULD HAVE TO PAY THE RENT AND NOT THE RENT, EXCUSE ME, THE UTILITIES, UM, BUT NO OTHER COSTS.

AND WE'RE LOOKING AT A PILOT PROJECT NOW FOR SIX MONTHS, HOPING TO LAUNCH THAT SOMETIME THIS SUMMER, IF WE CAN GET THROUGH SOME OF THE DETAILS, YOU KNOW, INSURANCE IS ALWAYS A DETAIL.

THE LEASE AGREEMENT THAT'S 23 PAGES IS THE DETAILS, BUT I THINK WE'RE CLOSE AND WE'RE PRETTY EXCITED THAT WE HAVE A POTENTIAL PILOT.

AND IF THIS WORKS, WE WOULD LIKE TO THEN LOOK AT CREATING A REPOSITORY OF INVENTORY AND SPACE AND MATCH THAT WITH THEATER GROUPS, ARTISTS, STUDIOS, UM, AND, YOU KNOW, AT SOME POINT IT MAY MAKE SENSE THAT THAT LEASE IS SIGNED LONGER TERM.

SO THOSE ARE THAT'S THE WORK OF THE FOUNDATION AND WHAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON DOWNTOWN.

AND I'M ALSO GOING TO JUST KIND OF PIVOT A LITTLE BIT TO TALK ABOUT THE WORK OF THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE IN, INTO RECOVERY.

SO WE'VE SPENT THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS WORKING WITH STAKEHOLDERS, UM, OUR MEMBERS AND THE COMMUNITY, UM, TO REALLY THINK ABOUT WHAT'S NEXT FOR DOWNTOWN.

AND SO OUR ROADMAP TO RECOVERY IS, UH, FOUR PRIMARY AREAS.

UM, WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN, UM, THE QUESTION AND THE SOLUTIONS AROUND HOMELESSNESS, AND AS WE ALL KNOW, UM, IT'S HARDER THAN ANYBODY CAN IMAGINE, BUT OUR GOAL, UH, IN WORKING WITH THE HOMELESS SUMMIT IS TO REALLY SPEED UP GETTING THE UNSHELTERED HOMELESS INTO HOUSING.

AND SO I THINK WITH WHAT HAPPENED WITH PROP B OVER THE WEEKEND, IT'S MORE IMMEDIATE AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE CAN SAFELY MOVE INTO A SHELTERED SAFE, SHELTERED AND HOME EXPERIENCES.

SO THAT IS THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY OF THE ORGANIZATION AND OUR WORK WE'VE, UM, WORKED WITH COMMUNITY FIRST VILLAGE AND A NUMBER OF OTHER THINGS I'M NOT GOING TO GO INTO, BUT THAT REALLY IS OUR GOAL IS TO REDUCE THAT NUMBER.

UH, COMMUNITY-WIDE UM, THROUGH THE PANDEMIC, WE'VE BEGUN TO VALUE OUR PUBLIC SPACES IN THE COMMUNITY, EVEN GREATER, AND REALLY THINKING ABOUT HOW WE ACTIVATE THESE MORE INTENTIONALLY, UM, AND INCLUDING MORE OF THE COMMUNITY AS WELL TO REALLY THINK ABOUT HOW WE BRING PEOPLE BACK DOWNTOWN.

YOU KNOW, IF YOU'RE NOT WORKING DOWNTOWN IN YOUR OFFICE AND YOU'RE NOT TRAVELING TO DOWNTOWN, THERE'S ABOUT 20,000 RESIDENTS WHO LIVE IN DOWNTOWN.

AND WHEN WE THINK ABOUT LIVE MUSIC VENUES, YOU KNOW, THAT'S THE LIFEBLOOD OF A LIVE MUSIC VENUE.

NOT ONLY IS THE TOURING SHOWS AND SELLING A LOT OF ALCOHOL IT'S PEOPLE.

AND SO HOW DO YOU GET PEOPLE BACK IN? SO WE'RE BEGINNING TO SEE THAT, YOU KNOW, AS LIVE MUSIC VENUE, SOME HAVE STAYED OPEN, SOME ARE REOPENING, SOME WON'T REOPEN.

UM, WE'RE REALLY BEGINNING TO SEE THAT THE SUMMER SEASON IS REALLY GOING TO BE MORE LOCALLY HYPER-LOCAL AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW OUR PUBLIC SPACES OR LIVE MUSIC VENUES AND OUR RETAILERS AND RESTAURANTS CAN BEGIN TO WORK MORE COHESIVELY TOGETHER TO SUPPORT THAT.

AS I'VE SAID, WE'VE BEEN CONTINUING TO HIRE MUSICIANS.

OUR FUNDING RUNS OUT IN MAY FOR OUR BUSKING PROGRAM, AND WE'RE WORKING TO RAISE MORE MONEY TO CONTINUE TO HIRE MUSICIANS, UM, AND FOSTER AROUND DOWNTOWN, UH, REALLY SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES AND LIVE MUSIC.

WE'VE BEEN WORKING A LOT WITH THE RED RIVER CULTURAL DISTRICT, UM, WITH OTHER LIVE MUSIC VENUES, UM, TO REALLY FIGURE OUT NOW THAT IT'S, YOU KNOW, WE'RE AT STAGE THREE AND THINGS HAVE OPEN, YOU KNOW, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? AND HOW CAN WE MAKE SURE THAT THEY CAN SURVIVE AND THRIVE? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN IN TERMS OF OUR ROLE AS WELL, AND SAME WITH SMALL BUSINESSES.

AND THEN OUR ORGANIZATION PREDOMINANTLY HAS BEEN MORE AROUND THE ADVOCACY OF DOWNTOWN AND IT WILL SHIFT THROUGH RECOVERY REALLY MORE OF THE PROMOTING OF DOWNTOWN.

SO VISIT AUSTIN PROMOTES TO EVERYONE OUTSIDE OF AUSTIN, AND WE'LL BEGIN PROMOTING MORE, UM, STRATEGICALLY WITH THOSE IN AUSTIN.

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AND THAT REALLY IS IT.

AND I'M HAPPY WANT TO STOP SHARING.

I CAN, I DON'T USE WEBEX VERY OFTEN, SO I APOLOGIZE.

HERE WE GO.

I RAN THROUGH IT QUITE QUICKLY.

CHAKA, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAD ANY QUESTIONS OR YOU WANTED TO BRING ANYTHING UP.

THIS IS, THIS IS EVERYBODY.

YEAH.

SO YEAH.

FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS OR HAVE ANY THOUGHTS TO DOWNTOWN AUSTIN LIFE FOUNDATION.

UH, WELL, THAT'S REALLY IMPRESSIVE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, MOLLY.

UM, THAT'S GREAT TO SEE THAT SO MUCH IS GOING ON.

I MEAN, THAT, THAT DEFINITELY TIES IN WITH DISCUSSIONS THAT WE'VE HAD ABOUT HOW TO BRING MUSIC DOWNTOWN.

UM, AND I GUESS I JUST A QUESTION I WOULD HAVE FOR YOU IS, YOU KNOW, WHAT SUPPORT DO YOU NEED FROM THE CITY GOING FORWARD? YOU MENTIONED THE BUSKING PROGRAM AS THE FUNDING'S RUNNING OUT THERE.

ARE THERE OTHER THINGS WHERE YOU COULD SEE THE CITY PARTNERING? I MEAN, I THINK THESE ARE A NUMBER OF THOUGHTS.

UM, I'VE WORKED WITH DAVID MURRAY, UM, AND YOU KNOW, WE ALL KNOW THAT IT'S BEEN DIFFICULT TO HAVE AMPLIFIED BUSKING NOW, HONESTLY, WE'VE BEEN DOING THAT, UM, AND HIS COMPLAINT DRIVEN, AND WE DON'T WANT TO GET MUSICIANS IN TROUBLE, BUT I THINK THAT AT SOME POINT WE NEED TO MAKE THAT BUY, RIGHT.

UM, AND NOT, YOU KNOW, FIGURING OUT HOW WE CAN MAKE THIS WORK.

I KNOW IT'S MORE COMPLICATED THAN JUST SAYING IT, BUT, UM, QUITE HONESTLY, YOU CAN'T BE DOWNTOWN ON THE STREET CORNER.

YOU CAN'T HAVE, COVID SAFE, DISTANCING AND NOT BE AMPLIFIED.

UM, AND SO I THINK THAT THAT'S AN ISSUE AND I KNOW YOU ALL HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH THAT FOR YEARS.

AND, UM, CLEARLY WE, WE COULD BE THE PILOT PROJECT.

SO IF THERE'S A WAY WE TALKED ABOUT MAYBE HAVING A SOUND METER OUT THERE TALKING ABOUT WHAT THAT SOUND COULD BE WITHIN LIMITS, AND OF COURSE WE'RE DOING IT DURING THE DAY AND NOT AT NIGHT.

AND SO TYPICALLY THE COMPLAINTS, UM, FOR SOUND ARE DRIVEN BY, UH, RESIDENTS LATE AT NIGHT, UH, AND SINCE SOUND TRAVELS, UM, YOU KNOW, I JUST THINK THERE'S WAYS TO MAKE THIS WORK AND MAYBE DURING THE DAY IT'S SOMETHING AND IN THE EVENING IT'S SOMETHING, BUT WE NEED TO MAKE IT SO THAT NOBODY HAS TO WORRY ABOUT GETTING A TICKET AND, UM, AND, AND BE COMPLIANT.

SO THAT WOULD BE ONE THING WE DID.

UM, W THERE'S A LOT OF NEED OUT THERE AND WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE CAN'T GO TO THE CITY EVERY TIME THERE'S A BIG NEED, BUT CLEARLY, IF ARE COMPANIES OR OTHERS YOU THINK MIGHT BE WILLING TO WRITE CHECKS, UM, WANTING TO SUPPORT MUSICIANS, UM, WE ARE A FIVE OH ONE C3.

AND, UM, THE NICE THING ABOUT OUR NONPROFIT IS MY SALARY.

DOESN'T COME OUT OF THE C3.

MY SALARY COMES OUT OF THE ALLIANCE.

SO ALL A HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE MONEY WE RAISE GOES INTO THE PROGRAMMING THAT WE DO.

SO, UM, I THINK THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

OR IF YOU'RE STARTING A BUSKING PROGRAM OR IF THERE'S A COMBINATION OR WAY TO PARTNER, THAT WOULD BE MY OTHER SUGGESTION.

I WAS EXCITED ABOUT THE LEASE PROGRAM.

YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT USING A, TO THAT IN BETWEEN THE 18 MONTH PERIOD AND FIGURING OUT ALTERNATIVES TO ABUSES.

IT'S SOMETHING WE'VE TALKED ABOUT HERE AT THE COMMISSION.

SO THAT'S GREAT TO HEAR THAT IT'S HAPPENING.

UH, AND I'M MORE OF A BROADER QUESTION AND I KNOW YOU DO THE FOUNDATION, BUT WE'RE JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT LIKE WHAT THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FOUNDATION IS TO THE FULL ALLIANCE.

AND THEN WHAT THE, WHAT IS THE TOTAL BUDGET OF THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN LINES AND WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THAT GOES TOWARDS, UH, MUSIC? HMM, GREAT QUESTION.

OKAY.

SO THE RELATIONSHIP IS SEPARATE BOARDS OF DIRECTORS, UM, AND WE HAVE A STRATEGIC ALLIANCE AGREEMENT.

SO, UM, THINGS LIKE THE FOUNDATION CAN USE THE NAME OF THE ALLIANCE.

UM, THE BOARD OF THE ALLIANCE MAY HAVE TO APPROVE SOME SIGNATURE EVENTS OR EXPENDITURES OVER A CERTAIN THRESHOLD OF THE FOUNDATION.

UM, WE BOTH HAVE TO AGREE TO EACH OTHER'S GOALS, UM, BUT THEY'RE INDEPENDENT ORGANIZATIONS, UM, THE OVERALL BUDGET OF THE ALLIANCE.

SO THE FUNDING FOR THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE IS PAID BY THE PROPERTY OWNERS.

SO THE PROPERTY OWNERS AGREE TO ASSESS THEMSELVES A RATE, UM, THAT ESSENTIALLY IS COLLECTED THROUGH PAYING PROPERTY TAXES.

AND THIS IS STATE LAW STATE STATUTE ALLOWS ORGANIZATIONS ALL OVER THE WELL ALL OVER THE STATE TO HAVE ORGANIZATIONS LIKE OURS.

SO THAT $10 MILLION IT'S IS THE ANNUAL BUDGET IS ABOUT LITTLE LESS THAN 10, ABOUT NINE AND A HALF.

WHAT GOES DIRECT.

SO THERE'S VERY LITTLE PROGRAMMING MONEY THAT GOES DIRECTLY TO MUSIC.

UM, SO, AND THE LITTLE PROGRAMMING MONEY THAT GOES DIRECTLY TO THE ARTS, UM, MOST OF THE MONEY THAT WE SPEND, UM, WE HAVE A STAFF OF 23.

WE DO A LOT OF WORK IN, UM, COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING, BUT

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THE MAJORITY OF OUR MONEY GOES TO CLEAN AND SAFE.

SO THE AMBASSADORS ON THE STREET, IT'S ABOUT A FIVE AND A HALF MILLION OR $6 MILLION BUDGET TO HAVE 56 MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE ON OUR, UM, AMBASSADOR TEAM WHO NOT ONLY HELPED CLEAN UP THE STREETS, REMOVE GRAFFITI, PICK UP HUMAN WASTE.

WE SUPPLEMENT ALL CITY SERVICES, PICKING UP TRASH.

THEY MANAGE THE PARK, UH, PIECES FOR US.

WE HAVE A HOST TEAM, PART OF A HOMELESSNESS CONNECTIVE TEAM.

UM, SO A LOT OF OUR BULK OF OUR MONEY OVER HALF OF OUR MONEY GOES INTO THAT BUCKET.

ALSO SUPPORTING COMMUNITY FIRST VILLAGE AND HOMELESS SERVICES.

SO ABOUT 60 SOME ODD PERCENT GOES INTO THAT, INTO THAT BUCKET.

UM, REMAINING MONIES GO INTO PROGRAM AREAS.

SO WE HAVE A PLANNING TEAM WE'RE WORKING ON THE PROGRAM RIGHT NOW.

SO BURYING , UH, WE'RE DOING A LOT OF THE PLANNING WORK WITH TXDOT AND THE CITY AND OTHERS.

SO JUST TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, UH, VERY LITTLE THAT GOES DIRECTLY THIS LAST YEAR.

I THINK IT WAS, UM, ABOUT 40,000, WENT INTO HIRING MUSICIANS THROUGH HOLIDAY STROLL.

THEY DID GRANT FUND THE PART OF THE SHOP, THE BLOCK PROGRAM FOR US, FOR THE FOUNDATION AND, UH, MATCH FUNDED, UM, THE BUSKING PROGRAM THAT WE STARTED.

THAT'S OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD GRAHAM.

I COULD BE WRONG, BUT THAT'S KIND OF CLOSE.

OKAY, GREAT.

THAT'S SUPER HELPFUL.

AND SO IT SOUNDS LIKE, UH, PROGRAMMING, YOU'RE DOING A MO A MONTH WITH FOUNDATION, A FAIR AMOUNT WITH THE, THE FULL LINE.

IT'S A VERY MODEST AMOUNT IN PAYING DIRECT PAYMENTS TO CREATIVES, MUSICIANS, ARTISTS, AND SUCH THE, THE OTHER FOLKS.

SO WE TALK TO A LOT OR THE VENUE OWNERS AND, UH, WHICH IS WHICH YOU HAVEN'T MENTIONED, AND THEY'RE THE ONES THAT MONTHLY HAVE TO PAY TO STAY DOWNTOWN AND ARE HIGHLY THREATENED.

IT'S THE MUSICIANS GO DOWN, DOWN FOR THE GIG AND THEN GO HOME.

UH, AND SO I'M WONDERING WHAT DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE IS DOING TO SUPPORT THE VENUES AND WHAT PERCENTAGE, IF ANY OF THAT 10 MILLION IS, OR KIND OF HALF IS GOING TOWARDS VENUE SUPPORT.

YEAH.

SO IT WOULD BE THROUGH STAFFING COMPANIES.

THERE'S UM, SO A LOT OF OUR WORK IS, YOU KNOW, LET'S GET THE $3 MILLION UNLOCKED AND LET'S START GETTING THE MONEY OUT TO THE VENUES.

LET'S START.

SO WORKING A LOT WITH CODY AND RYAN, PARTICULARLY BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THEM, THEM TAKING THE LEAD AND US BEING SUPPORTIVE.

UM, WE JUST MET WITH THEM LAST WEEK, SO THAT'S NOT MY AREA OF EXPERTISE.

SO I CAN'T TELL YOU EXACTLY WHAT PERCENTAGE, BUT NOTHING GOES BACK DIRECTLY TO A VENUE FROM A FUNDING STANDPOINT, BUT TO THE DISTRICT AND HELPING THE DISTRICT HOLISTICALLY.

A LOT OF THAT IS STAFF TIME, PHONE, CALL, TIME, MEETING TIME, TRYING TO GET THEM TO WHAT WE NEED TO GET TO PARTICULARLY AROUND LEGISLATION.

I MEAN, JUST RECENTLY THE INFRASTRUCTURE FINALLY, FINALLY, THE CITY'S GOING TO BE BUILDING THE STREETS AND SIDEWALKS AND RED RIVER.

I MEAN, SO THOSE KINDS OF THINGS WE HAD TO SEEN IT TAKES 10 OR 12 YEARS, UNFORTUNATELY, TO GET PAST.

SURE, SURE.

THAT MAKES SENSE.

I THINK IT WOULD BE GREAT TO SEE MORE DIRECT SUPPORT AND WORK WITH THE VENUES.

I THINK THEY'RE HIGHLY THREATENED DOWNTOWN, AND IF THERE AREN'T VENUES, THERE'S NO PLACE FOR THE MUSICIANS TO PLAY OTHER THAN THE BUS GAME AND THE OUTDOOR THINGS THAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, BUT WE OBVIOUSLY APPRECIATE ALL THE, ALL THE WORK THE FOUNDATION IS DOING, BUT I THINK, UH, THE VENUES ARE A CRITICAL POINT RIGHT NOW, ESPECIALLY FOR THE DOWNTOWN.

AND I WILL DEFINITELY PASS THAT ON.

I, I, I HEAR YOU.

YES.

THANK YOU.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, THOUGHTS? I JUST LIKE TO SAY MOLLY, IT'S REALLY GOOD TO HEAR ABOUT ALL THE DEVELOPMENT AND ACTUALLY SEE THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND, AND KIND OF EXPERIENCED VICARIOUS OR JUST VIRTUALLY THIS SINCE WE CAN'T BE TOGETHER.

UM, AND SO MANY PEOPLE ARE WORKING SO MUCH TO ACTUALLY SOME, SOME, MANY OF US TO BE ABLE TO GO AND HAVE THE TIME TO LOOK AND SEE WHAT'S GOING ON AND TO, TO TRY TO PARTICIPATE OR BE AUDIENCE MEMBERS.

UM, IT HELPS US TO KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING AND MAYBE HELPS US BE MOTIVATED TO GO AND CHECK IT OUT.

BUT ALSO, I, YOU KNOW, HADN'T KNOWN EXACTLY WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE FUTURE OF DOWNTOWN SINCE I WAS LAST SPEAKING THERE.

AND IT JUST, IT JUST FELT REALLY GOOD TO REMEMBER THE CONTENT OF THAT MEETING AND HOW HARD YOU ARE ALL WORKING TO FOCUS ON DEVELOPMENT AND REAL COMMUNITY SUPPORT OF ALL DIFFERENT KINDS, ALL DIFFERENT SECTORS

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OF TECHNOLOGY AND ART AND EVERYTHING.

SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK AND FOR COMING TO TALK WITH US THIS EVENING.

YEAH.

I WAS JUST THINKING ABOUT THAT'S THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU, PATRICE, I THINK WAS SPEAKING IN OUR VISITS IT'S YEAH.

NIGHTS 2019.

YEAH.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR YOU'RE ALL DOING ANYONE ELSE? NOBODY.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, UM, THANKS MOLLY FOR JOINING US.

I APPRECIATE IT.

OH, GRAHAM, ARE YOU JUST WAITING WHERE YOU SAYING GOODBYE AND THANK YOU.

I, NO, YOU'RE WELCOME.

YOU GUYS, SOMETIMES YOU, AFTER THE MEETING, YOU THINK OF SOMETHING, UM, SHOTGUN IS HOW TO GET AHOLD OF ME.

AND SO IS THE CITY STAFF, SO FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT AND I'M HAPPY TO HAVE A CONVERSATION OR TAKE SOME IDEAS OR ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

THANKS FOR THAT.

I WILL, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE BUSKING AND THE TYPES OF SUPPORT AND THIS WHOLE SOUND THING.

I JUST DIDN'T WANT TO TAKE UP A LOT OF TIME OF OUR MEETING SINCE WE HAVE AN AGENDA, BUT I DEFINITELY HAVE A LOT OF THOUGHTS ABOUT IT.

I'M CURIOUS ABOUT THE SOLUTIONS YOU'RE COMING UP WITH AND WOULD LOVE TO SHARE SOME THOUGHTS OUTSIDE OF THIS MEETING.

YEAH.

AND I THINK WE SHOULD PULL DAVID MURRAY AND A COUPLE OF OTHER CITY STAFF WHO KNOW EVEN BETTER THAN I DO.

GREAT.

YOU HAVE A NICE EVENING GUYS AND THANK YOU.

TAKE CARE.

ALL RIGHT.

ONE A

[2c. Discussion and Possible Action after update from Systemic Racism Working Group.]

TO SEE DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION AFTER UPDATE FROM SYSTEMIC RACISM WORKING GROUP, UM, WE ARE STILL, UM, KIND OF IN A SIMILAR POSITION TO LAST MONTH DISCUSSING WE'VE BROKEN UP INTO OUR GROUPS, UH, AS Y'ALL KNOW, UM, WE WERE MEETING UP UNTIL THIS PAST MONTH, TWICE A MONTH.

UM, AND WE'VE GOT BASICALLY KIND OF LIKE POLITICAL ACTION GROUPS OR, UM, POLICY ACTION GROUPS.

UM, AND THEY'RE DEALING WITH HOUSING AND, AND, AND, UM, WAGES.

AND, UH, I DON'T HAVE THE LIST IN FRONT OF ME, BUT MANY DIFFERENT THINGS, UH, EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT, UM, ALL WITHIN THE EQUITY AREA.

AND WE'RE MEETING NOW ONCE A MONTH AS, AS A GROUP IN TOTAL, BUT IN BETWEEN GROUPS, WE'RE HAVING DISCUSSIONS, UH, OR IN BETWEEN MEETINGS, WE'RE HAVING DISCUSSIONS IN OUR SPECIFIC POLICY GROUPS.

UM, SO WE'RE, THAT'S, THAT'S WHERE WE'RE AT RIGHT NOW.

AND CHARLOTTE, IF YOU WANT TO, YOU WANT TO ADD ANYTHING? NO, I UNFORTUNATELY COULDN'T ATTEND THE LAST MEETING.

SO I THINK YOU'RE, YOU'RE PROBABLY MORE UP TO DATE THAN I AM.

I DON'T KNOW IF THERE'S ANY OTHER SPECIFICS THAT YOU WANTED TO GIVE.

I MEAN, WE'VE ALSO FELT, YOU KNOW, A MARKETING PROGRAM.

UH, I SAW IN THE NOTES WORKING POSSIBLY WITH VISIT AUSTIN ON THAT, UM, MUSIC MARKETING PROGRAM THAT WAS, UM, TIED IN TO SOME, UH, EQUITY EFFORTS.

SO I THINK, YOU KNOW, I'M EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

UM, BUT YEAH, AND SO I THINK NEXT MEETING, UH, NEXT TUESDAY, I WAS TRYING TO PULL UP THE, UM, THE GROUPS.

UH, CAN YOU PULL IT UP IN CHARLOTTE? UM, PAUL SENT OVER DEBBIE, HAVE YOU ALL LOOKED AT THAT ALREADY? HAVE YOU SEEN THOSE? THE, WHAT? THE GROUPS, THE SPECIFIC, UM, YEAH, I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S BEEN SHARED WITH THE MUSIC COMMISSIONERS, BUT I CAN SHARE THAT WITH KEVIN.

OKAY.

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S ON THAT WE CAN SEND OUT TO.

Y'ALL JUST LIKE THE SPECIFIC AREAS THAT WE'RE, THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AND WE'RE LOOKING INTO, UM, BUT I DON'T KNOW.

CAN YOU PULL THAT UP REAL QUICK? AND THE TECHNICIAN IS GIVING AND CHARLOTTE PERMISSION SO THAT SHE CAN SHARE HER SCREEN.

OKAY.

JUST GIVE ME A SEC.

OKAY.

SO WHILE SHE'S PULLING THAT UP, UM, WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO IS MAKE A SUGGESTION, UM, AND, UH, HOPEFULLY WE CAN, UH, WE CAN VOTE ON THIS.

UM, SO THE, UH, THE VENUES, UH, ARE GOING THROUGH, UH, EQUITY TRAINING AND PROCESS RIGHT NOW, AND IT'S, IT'S MANDATORY FOR THEM TO RECEIVE, UH, THE FUNDS, UH, FROM THE CITY.

THEY ALREADY RECEIVED 20,000 AND NOW THEY HAVE TO KIND OF COME UP WITH PLANS FOR HOW THEY'RE GOING TO IMPROVE, UM, DIVERSITY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, UM, TALENT, BUYING EVERYTHING WITH, WITH IN TERMS OF EQUITY.

AND, UM, THEY'RE GOING TO BE, UH, I'M SORRY, I NEED SOME COFFEE OR MY BRAIN IS JUST LIKE NOT CONNECTING, BUT THEY'RE GOING

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TO BE, UH, DELIVERING A, UH, A DRAFT, A PROPOSAL, UM, TO THE, UH, EDD.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND AS, AS A PART OF THEIR PROCESS, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND THAT, UM, THE SYSTEMIC RACISM WORKING GROUP, UM, CREATE A SUBGROUP OF MUSICIANS THAT CAN LOOK AT, LOOK AT THOSE PROPOSALS, LOOK AT THOSE IDEAS AND GET FEEDBACK TO THE VENUES, UM, WHEN THEY, WHEN THEY HAND THOSE PROPOSALS IN, UM, I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT THAT AND GET SOME THOUGHTS ON THAT.

BUT, UM, YOU KNOW, THE REASON I'M BRINGING THAT UP IS BECAUSE MUSICIANS HAVEN'T REALLY BEEN IN THE ROOM.

IT'S, YOU KNOW, IT'S BEEN THE VENUES, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO VENUES TO GET SOME FEEDBACK SPECIFICALLY FROM, UM, MUSICIANS OF COLOR IN PARTICULAR, BUT MUSICIANS IN GENERAL.

SO I WOULD LIKE TO CREATE A, A SUBGROUP WITHIN THE SYSTEMIC RACISM WORKING GROUP THAT COULD ACTUALLY LOOK AT THOSE PROPOSALS AND GIVE FEEDBACK TO THE VENUES.

SO, ANY THOUGHTS ON THAT? THESE, THESE ARE, UM, THE, UM, THE AREAS THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AS SEVENTH GRADES AND WORKING GROUP.

SO GROUP ONE IS TALKING ABOUT LABOR PROTECTIONS, HOUSING AND ARTIST DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN GROUP TWO IS TALKING ABOUT, UM, POSSIBLE EQUITY INITIATIVES, UH, CITY FUNDING, MARKETING CAMPAIGN, AND IMPROVEMENTS TO MAKE THE COA GRANT AWARDS MORE EQUITABLE.

SO THAT'S WHAT THE DIFFERENT GROUPS ARE WORKING ON SEPARATELY.

AND THEN WE COME TOGETHER AND WE TALK ABOUT WHATEVER WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IN OUR INDIVIDUAL GROUPS, UM, QUESTIONS, WHAT IS THE CURRENT PROCESS, BUT, OKAY, SO THESE APPLICATIONS OR THESE PROPOSALS ARE GOING TO BE COMING IN, IS THERE, UH, AN ESTABLISHED PROCESS YET OF HOW THEY WILL BE FILTERED? IS IT STAFF THAT'S GOING THROUGH THEM AND THEN RESPONDING, OR IS THERE A GRADING SYSTEM OR WHAT, WHAT, WHAT IS THE CURRENT SYSTEM JUST TRY AND FIGURE OUT HOW YOUR SUBGROUP WILL PLUG INTO THE SYSTEM THAT EXISTS, OR IF YOU'RE CREATING THE SYSTEM RIGHT NOW, AND MAYBE ERICA HAS AN ANSWER.

SO NOW I'M GOING TO ACTUALLY HAND THIS OFF TO YOU SINCE WE'RE DOING THIS ACROSS MANY PROGRAMS. OKAY.

THANK YOU.

SO AT THIS PRESENT TIME, OUR CONSULTANT, JOYCE JAMES CONSULTING ACTUALLY IS WORKING WITH THE VENUE OWNERS ON DEVELOPING THE PLAN.

AND SO WHAT SHOCK IS SUGGESTING IS THAT BEFORE SHE SIGNS OFF ON THE FINAL PLAN, THAT THIS WORKING GROUP TAKE A LOOK, AND WE WOULD NEED TO WORK WITH LAW, UM, TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS IS POSSIBLE, WE WILL PROBABLY HAVE TO READ THAT NAMES, ET CETERA.

AND SO YOU'RE JUST LOOKING AT THE PURE PLANS.

AND WHAT I'M SUGGESTING IS THAT, YOU KNOW, UM, YOU KNOW, WE DON'T, WE DON'T NECESSARILY KNOW WHO WE DON'T KNOW WHO THE VENUE IS, BUT WE GET JUST A CHANCE TO READ AS MUSICIAN IS READ WHAT THEIR PROPOSALS ARE, WHAT THEIR IDEAS ARE AND GIVE THEM FEEDBACK SO THAT THEY CAN, YOU KNOW, MAKE STRONGER PROPOSALS THAT THEY WOULD BE DELIVERING SHOCKING TO YOU.

IS THERE A REASON WHY YOU WANT A SUB GROUP AS OPPOSED TO THE ACTUAL FULL GROUP? UM, YES, FOR ME PERSONALLY, BECAUSE, UM, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO BE MUSICIANS.

AND SO WE, WE DON'T NECESSARILY HAVE TO, SO WE HAVE A MORAL SOUL MOBILY, PATRICE, UH, MYSELF, I'M FORGETTING SOMEBODY, PAUL, UM, ARE THE MUSICIANS POPPING ON A FORMER COMMISSIONER, UM, ARE MUSICIANS IN THE GROUP, SO IT COULD BE US, BUT, UM, ALSO, I MEAN, THIS IS JUST UP FOR DISCUSSION.

I'M ALSO LIKE INTERESTED IN POSSIBLY HAVING OTHER PEOPLE THAT AREN'T A PART OF THE SYSTEMIC RACISM WORKING GROUP WE BROUGHT IN, SO THAT WE JUST HAVE JUST MORE, MORE VOICES, MORE OPINIONS, MORE THOUGHT IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THE, IS THE, UH, THE APPLICATIONS OR THE PROPOSALS COME IN, THEY'RE GIVEN TO YOU.

UH, NO, THEY'RE NOT ERICA SHAKING HER HEAD.

YEAH.

I MEAN, WE CAN DO LIKE AN INFORMAL PROCESS.

THIS ISN'T A FINAL, THIS IS JUST FEEDBACK, JUST LIKE COMMUNITY FEEDBACK, YOU KNOW, SO THAT, IT'S JUST ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THAT OUR CONSULTANT AND THE VENUES HAVE TOGETHER TO CREATE THEIR FINAL PLANS.

IT WAS ONE OF THE, ONE OF THE CONCERNS THAT I HAVE, UM, IS THAT, YOU KNOW, THE, THE, THE VOICE OF THE MUSICIAN IS LEFT OUT OF THIS CONVERSATION.

AND SO I THINK WE

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JUST WANT TO INSERT IT.

WE WANT TO GIVE THEM OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR FROM MUSICIANS ABOUT WHAT THEY THINK ABOUT THEIR IDEAS, UM, TO, TO IMPROVE THINGS, BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO BE THE ONES THAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE PERFORMING IN THESE VENUES.

SO WE CAN, WE HAVE A LOT OF INSIGHTS.

WE HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE THAT NECESSARILY HASN'T BEEN IN THE, AND SO THIS IS A WAY TO KIND OF GET, YOU KNOW, INSERT OUR VOICES AND OUR EXPERIENCE INTO THAT, INTO THAT, INTO THAT, UH, PROCESS, I THINK, UH, COMMISSIONER METTA, CHARLA QUESTION.

UM, IT WAS, UM, I DON'T PROBABLY HAVE A QUESTION, BUT FIRST OF ALL, UH, YOU KNOW, I THINK, UH, SINCE I'M THE NEWBIE, UH, ONE OF THE NEW ONES HERE, I THINK, UM, IT'S, IT'S, UH, FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR, YOU KNOW, MAKING THIS GROUP HAPPEN.

UH, IT'S VITALLY IMPORTANT, UH, TO HAVE THESE DISCUSSIONS AND, UH, AND YOU KNOW, THE WORK THAT'S BEEN DONE SO FAR.

SO, UH, LET ME, LET'S STATE THAT UNEQUIVOCALLY, UH, RIGHT AWAY.

UM, I REQUESTED, UM, THE COMPOSITION OF THIS GROUP LAST TIME.

UH, THIS WAS, THIS CAME UP AND I THINK WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE, I, WE NEED TO BE MORE AS A REPRESENTATIVE BODY BE MORE, UH, INCLUSIVE WITHIN THE MINORITY COMMUNITIES IN HOPE CONSTITUTES,