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[00:00:02]

THIS IS A JUNE 7TH,

[CALL TO ORDER]

JUNE 7TH MEETING OF THE AUSTIN MUSIC COMMISSION.

WE'RE ONLINE ONCE AGAIN, UM, WHEN EVERYBODY IS HERE, UH, WE, UH,

[MUSICAL PERFORMANCE]

WANT TO START THINGS OFF, UM, YOU KNOW, A FEW, FEW MONTHS BACK, YOU KNOW, WE ADDED A MUSIC PERFORMANCE ELEMENT TO MUSIC COMMISSION, UH, TO CELEBRATE MUSICIANS IN AUSTIN THAT ARE PART OF THIS GREAT FABRIC, THIS GREAT TAPESTRY.

AND, UH, WE WANT TO, UH, HAVE A FEW PEOPLE.

UH, WE HAVE A FEW PEOPLE JOINING US TONIGHT.

SO, UH, THE FIRST, UH, GUESTS THAT I WANT TO, UH, I DON'T KNOW, THERE'S NO MIC WITH THE FIRST GUEST THAT I'M GONNA INVITE IS A GREEN SHARMINI YOU OUT THERE.

HI EVERYONE.

GOOD.

HOW YOU DOING? GOOD TO SEE SIMON.

UH, I KNOW YOU'VE GOT A VIDEO THAT WE'RE GOING TO PLAY, YOU PERFORM IT.

UM, WHY DON'T YOU SHARE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF, UH, BEFORE WE GET INTO THAT, THE PEOPLE KNOW, UH, MAYBE, UH, A NEXT PLACE THAT YOU'LL BE PERFORMING AND, UH, WHERE THEY CAN ALSO FIND YOU ONLINE.

WELL, DO I, SOMEBODY WAS SHARMIN GREEN.

I'M A SAXOPHONIST I'VE BEEN IN AUSTIN SINCE 2008.

UM, IS DEFINITELY THE PLACE FOR VARIANTS OF MUSIC, WHICH I LOVE.

UM, I'M A MUSIC EDUCATOR.

UM, ALL OF MY PERFORMANCE AND FOLKS CAN BE FOUND IN MY WEBSITE.

SHARMIN GREEN.COM SPELLED JUST LIKE THE TISSUE, LIKE WINNIE, UM, UH, THE VIDEO THAT YOU'RE GOING TO SEE IS A COVER OF NEVER TOO MUCH BY LUTHER VANDROSS.

UH, SO HOPEFULLY YOU ENJOY IT.

HOPEFULLY IT GIVES US A LITTLE, UH, RELAXATION, BUT ENERGY AFTER IT'S CRAZY.

WHERE, WHERE ARE YOU TEACHING IT? SO I TEACH AT HARMONY.

UM, I WAS A BAND DIRECTOR AND MUSIC TEACHER THERE.

UM, SO I WOULD GET TO DO THE SINGING AND THE PLANE, UM, WITH ALL THE INSURANCE.

YEAH.

WHICH, UH, WHICH ONE IS A COUPLE OF CAMPUSES, RIGHT? UH, SO THERE'S A PEOPLE.

THIS IS ACTUALLY, I MET THE ONE ON RON BIRD.

SO IN MY OPINION, THE HEART OF EVERYTHING THAT'S HAPPENING, BUT YEAH, I'M BORN IN 35.

SHOUT OUT, SHOUT OUT ALL THE STUDENTS AT A HARMONY ROMBERG, BIGGEST CR UH, WE'RE GONNA, UH, PLAY THAT VIDEO.

NEVER TOO MUCH.

ONE OF MY FAVORITE GIANTS.

I MEAN, OF ALL TIME, COME ON NOW.

LET'S GET IT.

ARE WE READY WITH THE VIDEO CANADA? THANK YOU, SEAN.

FOR YOUR MUSIC WITH US.

WE'RE HAVING ONE MORE TIME WHERE THEY CAN FIND YOU, WHERE CAN THEY FIND YOU? IT, AH, SO EVERY FIRST PARTY I'M ACTUALLY IN ROUND ROCK Y'ALLS I HAVE A COUPLE OF OTHER PLACES, BUT BECAUSE IT'S THE SUMMER, I'M TRAVELING AND TOURING QUITE A BIT.

SO THAT IS THE ONE IN THE CITY THAT YOU CAN SEE.

SO, BUT FOR ME THERE FIRST FIVE DAYS, YOU ALL STEPPED IN ROUNDUP.

OKAY.

THAT'S A BIT SHARMAN GREEN.

Y'ALL NEVER TOO MUCH.

DO WE WANT TO TRY THAT AGAIN? I'M SORRY.

DO YOU WANT TO TRY THAT AGAIN? I DON'T KNOW WHAT WENT WRONG, BUT WE CAN TRY IT AGAIN IF YOU LIKE NO PROBLEM AT ALL, CHAD.

I MEAN, YEAH, WE'LL JUST KIND OF, WE'RE JUST KINDA TALKING UNTIL THE VIDEO COMES UP, SO LET'S FIGURE THIS OUT.

WEBEX MAN ADVENTURES IN WEBEX.

OH, THERE WE GO.

OKAY.

LET'S GO.

NEVER TOO MUCH.

I'M IN GREEN.

YEAH.

WE'LL PICK UP WHERE WE LEFT OFF.

WHY DON'T YOU START FROM THE BEGINNING, MAN.

OKAY.

GOT IT.

THANK YOU.

[00:05:04]

I CAN'T HEAR ANYTHING.

WE'RE GOING TO GET HIS THIRD.

TIME'S A CHARM.

NOW THEY'RE SHARING THAT.

SO WE'RE NOT SEEING THE VIDEO Y'ALL PLAN IT.

YEAH.

WE'RE SHARING THE CHAIR ON, ON THE BROADCAST.

THE WAY WENT, PICKS PREFERS.

AND I'M NOT SURE WHAT THE DISCONNECT IS, BUT, UM, I GUESS AT THIS POINT ON WHAT YOU'D LIKE TO JUST HAVE A CONVERSATION AND WE CAN NO, NO, I MEAN, I DIDN'T KNOW WHY I WAS TALKING OVER IT.

SO WHAT ARE WE TALKING OVER THAT? COULD THEY HEAR US TALKING WELL, FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE AND CHAMBERS IT, THE MUSIC IS COMPETING WITH YOUR CONVERSATION.

SO WE WERE CURIOUS WHICH WE'D PREFER IT WAS PLAYING.

WE DIDN'T KNOW.

UNDERSTAND, UNDERSTAND.

UM, LET'S JUST TRY IT AGAIN.

I'M SORRY.

Y'ALL BUT LET'S TRY IT AGAIN.

AND WE WON'T TALK.

I JUST LET IT, I JUST, AND YOU TELL ME WHAT ENDS.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, WE'LL TRY TO FIGURE THIS OUT BEST WE CAN.

I'M SORRY.

YEAH.

I HAD NO IDEA TO VIDEO WITH PLAN.

I APOLOGIZE.

I'M GOING TO JUST BE QUIET.

[00:11:44]

LET'S SHARE THE RUMOR IS IF, IF YOU'RE WATCHING TV, THIS LOOKED AND SOUNDED GREAT.

SO WHATEVER THAT'S WORTH.

ALL RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, THANK YOU, UH, SHARMAN, UH, FOR REPRESENTING, UH, LUKE THERE.

FIRST OF ALL, THAT WAS GREAT.

YEAH.

I, I HAD THE AUDIO ON FROM THE LIVE STREAM.

THAT WAS GREAT.

I DEFINITELY WOULD ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY TO GO BACK AND WATCH THE RECORDING.

THAT WILL BE, UH, AN ARCHIVE, UH, SO MUCH TALENT, UH, SHERMAN.

I CAN'T WAIT TO GO SEE Y'ALL PLAY LIVE.

SO THANKS.

YEAH.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND BEING PATIENT WITH OUR TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES AND WE WILL HAVE THIS ALL FIGURED OUT ABOUT THE TIME IT'S, WE'RE READY TO GO BACK TO IN-PERSON MEETINGS, BUT YES.

THANK YOU.

CITY HALL, IVY.

I KNOW IT'S, IT'S TRICKY.

WE APPRECIATE ALL OF YOUR EFFORTS, BUT YEAH, IT SOUNDED, IT SOUNDS GREAT ON THE LIVE STREAM.

YEAH.

SHARMAN.

THAT WAS GREAT.

AND ANDRE, UH, ANDRE HAYWARD WAS JUST IN MY STUDIO YESTERDAY, RIGHT HERE RECORDING.

SO SMALL WORLD.

YEAH, DEFINITELY GLAD YOU ALL ENJOYED IT.

OH YEAH.

AND YOU WERE AMAZING.

AND HE'S AMAZING.

I ALWAYS LOOK UP WORKING WITH ANDRE.

ALL RIGHT, SEAN.

WELL, WE'RE GOING TO LET YOU GO SO WE CAN GET OUR NEXT, UH, PERFORMING ARTISTS UP HERE.

UH, CP LITTLE.

YOU'VE GOT A BIT OF LIGHT IN THERE, MAN.

I CAN HARDLY SEE IT'S VERY DARK.

NOT REALLY TO THE CAMERA CLOSER.

THERE YOU GO.

UM, THIS ARTIST RIGHT HERE, A BIG FAN OF HIS MUSIC.

I MET HIM RECENTLY AT AN EVENT, A LASH STREAM EVENT THAT WAS PUT ON BY NICK TURNER, UM, EVENT CALLED WE ARE AUSTIN.

WE'RE ABOUT TO SEE A CLIP FROM THAT, UH, CP LONELY, MAN.

WHY DON'T YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF? UH, FIRST OF ALL, UM, THANK YOU GUYS FOR LETTING ME BE ON HERE.

IT'S AN HONOR.

I GO BY THE NAME CP LONEY, I'M BORN AND RAISED IN AUSTIN, TEXAS.

I'M LIKE HIP HOP ARTISTS OUT HERE.

I'VE BEEN TAKING, I'VE BEEN DOING MUSIC SINCE I WAS 13.

I'M 27.

NOW I JUST RECENTLY STARTED TAKING IT SERIOUS PROBABLY ABOUT TWO OR THREE YEARS AGO.

AND IT'S BEEN PRETTY GOOD.

I'VE BEEN DOING A LOT OF SHOWS, OPENING UP FOR A LOT OF, UM, BIG TIME ARTISTS MAKING GOOD CONNECTIONS.

AND, UM, MY MUSIC HAS BEEN RECEIVED VERY WELL AND THE COMMUNITY IN AUSTIN AND OUTSIDE OF AUSTIN.

SO, UM, I'M VERY PLEASED BY THAT AND YOU KNOW, JUST, JUST STEADY GRINDING AND TRYING TO JUST SPEAK FOR WHERE THE VOICES IN THE COMMUNITY THAT I COME FROM, YOU KNOW, KIND OF LIKE THE HARDSHIPS WE GO THROUGH AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

JUST GIVING A VOICE FOR WHERE THE PEOPLE IN MY COMMUNITY, JUST SHARING OUR, OUR ENVIRONMENT AND WHAT WE GO THROUGH WITH, WITH PEOPLE THAT MAY NOT SEE, SEE IT ON AN EVERYDAY BASIS, JUST SHEDDING LIGHT TO, SO WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE COMMUNITY? UH, SHOUT OUT COLONY PARK AS THE CP AND THE LOONY RAY.

YES.

I'M UM, NORTHEAST I'M FROM A COMMUNITY CALLED COLONY PARK.

IT'S UH, NOT TOO FAR FROM, UH, LBJ HIGH SCHOOL IN NORTHEAST AUSTIN.

IS THAT, IS THAT WHERE YOU WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL? YES, I IN 2012.

ALL RIGHT, SHOUT OUT.

IT'LL BE K AUSTIN.

WE'RE GOING TO GET INTO THIS MUSIC FROM CP.

OH, WHAT CAN, WHAT CAN THEY FIND YOU MAN?

[00:15:01]

LIKE TELL HIM LIKE A WEBSITE OR INSTAGRAM OR WHATEVER.

UM, YOU CAN FIND A LOT OF MY MUSIC ON MY WEBSITE, UH, CP LOONY.COM.

OF COURSE I HAVE INSTAGRAM CP LONEY I G UM, FACEBOOK CP LONEY.

UM, MY MUSIC IS ON OUR MAJOR PLATFORMS. SO YEAH, SPECIFICALLY MY WEBSITE CP LONEY.COM.

YOU CAN FIND ALL THE NEW CONTENT AND NEW UPDATES ON CONCERTS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

THAT'S WHAT'S UP, MAN? WELL, WE'RE ABOUT TO GET INTO A SONG CALLED AMERICAN REBEL.

I HAD THE PLEASURE OF, OF PRODUCING THIS EVENT WITH NICK TURNER, THAT WE ARE AUSTIN EVENT AND ALSO EDIT IN THIS VIDEO AS A MATTER OF FACT.

SO, UH, HOPE Y'ALL ENJOY AMERICA WHERE YOU SEE PEOPLE ON.

LET'S TAKE IT.

I SEE JUST A QUICK REMINDER TO COMMISSIONERS, TO MUTE YOURSELF, WATCH ON YOUR PHONE.

YOU'RE THE ONLY ONES WHO CAN'T HEAR IT.

KAREN, CAN WE HEAR ANYTHING RIGHT NOW? THIS IS AN INTERESTING APP.

WE COULD HEAR A TINY BIT, BUT NOT MUCH.

DON'T LET THEM TRY TO EXPOSE ME NOW SHOULD NOT MURDER, BUT I HAD TO KILL THE GIRL GAVE ME LOVE.

I JUST WENT READY.

SO WHAT BROKE HER HIDE AND BLAMED HER FOR MY INSECURITY.

WEIGHING ON ME.

CAN YOU JUDGE ME? YOU DON'T KNOW YOU SATISFIED WITH THE PURSE? IS YOU TRYING TO GAIN THE WORLD? BUT IF YOU COULD BE THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD EXACTLY MYSELF DECIDING AFTER BOOST HIM MY WAY, TRYING TO HOLD ME AMERICAN RED BOY, MARY, GIVE ME .

[00:20:27]

I WOULD BET.

OKAY.

THE VIDEO IS FINISHED.

OKAY.

IT IS LIKE SOME STRANGE DELAY.

I WAS STILL WATCHING IT.

THANK YOU.

UH, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

CP LEARNING FOR JOINING US.

UM, IT'S A GREAT SONG.

REALLY APPRECIATE YOU.

YOU BEING HERE.

DOES ANYBODY ELSE WANT TO SHARE, UM, SOME CP MONEY BEFORE HE TAKES OFF? YEAH, AGAIN, THAT WAS SOUNDED GREAT ON THE LIVE STREAM.

REALLY POWERFUL VIDEO.

ENJOYED IT A LOT.

SO THANKS.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

I KNOW THAT'S HARD TO SIT THROUGH THESE TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES WHILE WE'RE DOING THIS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE.

UH, LOVED IT.

YEAH.

SUPER COOL.

REALLY PULLED DIVERSITY OF, UH, MUSIC GENRES TONIGHT.

UM, SO SHAKA AND THEN LAUREN YOU'RE DISTRICT TWO, I THINK YOU'RE UP NEXT MONTH FOR SELECTING, UM, OUR MUSIC ARTISTS.

SO THAT'S, UH, UH, YEAH.

EXCITED TO SEE WHAT YOU CHOOSE FOR US, BUT YES.

THANK YOU, SHARMAN AND CPE.

REALLY GREAT.

APPRECIATE YOU GUYS A LOT.

YEAH, THANKS.

Y'ALL THANKS FOR THE MUSIC.

ALL RIGHT.

SO WE'RE GOING TO, UH, MOVE ON

[CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

TO, UH, CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

SO I HAVE A, AT THE TOP, I GOT RAY PRICE, UH, GENERAL COMMUNICATION, UH, AUSTIN, TEXAS MUSICIANS.

GREAT.

READ IT.

YEP.

YEP.

OH, THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

I DIDN'T KNOW IF I WAS ABLE TO SPEAK TO THE MOMENT.

THANKS VERY MUCH, DOCTOR.

THANK YOU ALL COMMISSIONERS.

UM, FOR ALLOWING ME TO A FEW MOMENTS TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF CITY CITIZENS COMMUNICATES TO THE CREATIVE SPACE AND BOND.

I DEFINITELY JUST WANTED TO BRING UP THE OPPORTUNITY OR BASICALLY JUST THE AWARENESS AND THE INSIGHT OF A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF HISTORY THAT WE HAVE IN THE EAST SIDE OF AUSTIN, TEXAS, WHICH IS THE DOOR IS ANOTHER AUDITORIUM.

UM, IT'S BEEN THERE SINCE THE FORTIES AND THROUGH THAT TIME, FORTIES AND FIFTIES ARTISTS, UM, FROM ALL OVER THE CHITLIN CIRCUIT WERE ABLE TO COME THROUGH AND DORIE MILLER WAS ONE OF THOSE STATES.

THEY WERE ABLE TO GRACE AND MY, UH, THE NOTES TO NOSE STUDIO OF A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION, NATIONWIDE ORGANIZATION.

BUT THE ONLY ONE IN ALL OF TEXAS IS RIGHT THERE, INDOORS MILLER HOUSE AND DORIE MILLER, UNFORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE THE SENIOR PROGRAM DIRECTOR OVER THIS ORGANIZATION.

BUT OUR PARTNERSHIP WITHIN THE COMMUNITY HAS BEEN LONG.

THE STANDARD HAS BEEN AMAZING PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, BOTH YOUNG AND OLD HAVE COME THROUGH THOSE DOORS AND IT HAPPENS TO BE DIRECTLY IN THEIR SEPARATE ONE DOORWAY, SEPARATE THAT STUDIO FROM THAT STAYS INSIDE DORY MILL AUDITORIUM, WHICH ALLOWS OUR BLACK ARTISTS TO PERFORM AND MANY OTHERS TO PERFORM ON THAT DATE.

IT'S BEEN OVER THE LAST 50 YEARS OR SO MORE CATERED TO A BASKETBALL COURT.

NOW WE DO HAVE VINCENT IN THERE LIKE SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST PEOPLE LIKE SAW PAUL HAS THROWN AMAZING EVENTS.

WHAT MANY OF WHICH WE COLLABORATED WITH THEM ON WITH NOTE FOR NOTES, UM, THEATER PROGRAM THEATER.

SO THE TAKING PLACE FROM THAT STAGE, UH, ORGANIZATIONS LIKE TCPA, TOTALLY COOL, TOTALLY ART, WHICH HAS BEEN AMAZING.

HOWEVER, IT'S ALWAYS A, UH, A TASK AND A LOGISTICAL ISSUE ISSUE TRYING TO GET THAT PLATE SET UP TO BE A PERFORMANCE VENUE, EXCUSE ME, WHICH WAS HIS ORIGINAL INTENDED PURPOSE.

WE HAVE TO ALWAYS BRING HIM ON FRONT OF HOUSE SOUND ON HIS LIGHTING SYSTEMS AND SOUND SYSTEM TO MAKE IT BE A PRESENTABLE SHOW AND ENJOYABLE SHOW.

SO THE ASK FOR MONIES FROM THE CREATIVE SPACE AND BOND WOULD BE TO REINSTATE REVAMP THE WHOLE DORY MILLER AUDITORIUM WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART SOUND SYSTEM AND LIGHTING AND ACOUSTIC TREATMENT IN ORDER TO CREATE THIS OR IN ORDER TO PRESERVE ITS RICH HISTORY.

NOT ONLY BACK BY DOING THAT, WE NOW HAVE CREATED MORE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY.

WE GIVEN THE YOUTH ACCESS TO GRADUATE FROM PROGRAMS LIKE NOTES, FOR NOTES TO WALK RIGHT OUT OF THE STUDIO DOOR ONE TO A RESPECTED STAGE WITH A LOT OF EYES ON OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY.

PEOPLE CAN THROW THEIR EVENT, THEIR AD, THE AD THEY HAVE BEEN, BUT NOW IT BECOMES MORE SO A FOCUS POINT INSTEAD OF AN ALTERNATIVE.

THAT'S MY PETE.

THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH.

OH, SORRY.

I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU ALL FOR A TOUR OF THE SPACE.

UM, ONCE WE GET THE GREEN LIGHT FROM THE CITY TO MOVE INTO OUR BUILDING, AGAIN, WE WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO SET UP A TOUR FOR YOU ALL, GET SOME HANDS GOING FROM FIVE NINE FOR YOURSELVES,

[00:25:01]

BUT ALRIGHT, THANKS, RAY.

UH, FOR SHARING THAT IMPORTANT VENUE IN THE COMMUNITY AND FOR ALL THE WORK YOU'RE DOING AND IN, UH, IN THE COMMUNITY AS WELL.

UM, LET ME SEE HERE.

WE'VE GOT SCOTT STRICKLAND, UH, GENERAL COMMUNICATION AND CREATIVE SPACE BOND.

HEY SHAKA.

UM, THANK YOU.

SAME TO COUNCIL.

THANK YOU.

MUSIC COMMISSION FOR HAVING ME, UH, SPEAK ON SPEAKING, UM, ON REGARDS TO THE LIVE MUSIC FUND, UH, ABOUT 15 MILLION PEOPLE ARE STILL ON UNEMPLOYMENT.

THAT'S ABOUT 6% OF THE AMERICAN WORKFORCE.

30% OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE GIG WORKERS, INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS, MEANING THAT THEY RECEIVE A 10 99 AT THE END OF THE YEAR FOR WORK THAT THEY'VE COMPLETED.

THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE, AS WE ALL KNOW, GREG ABBOTT, UM, HAS, UM, UH, SHUT DOWN ALL, UH, UNEMPLOYMENT, UM, FOR CONTRACT WORKERS.

AND THAT AFFECTS ON 30% OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE ACTUALLY UNEMPLOYED.

AND THAT AFFECTS VIRTUALLY EVERY MUSICIAN IN AUSTIN, TEXAS THAT HAS RECEIVING, UM, A, UM, UM, A 10 99, UM, OR A CONTRACT WAGE.

SO, UM, I AM ASKING THAT, UH, THE MUSIC COMMISSION, UH, PUT, UM, AND APPLY PRESSURE TO, UH, CITY MANAGER, CITY COUNCIL TO, UM, MAKE SURE THAT A WE GET, UM, ITEM 60 HAS AS, HAS ALREADY BEEN APPROVED, HAS BEEN, IT'S GONE TO THE CITY MANAGER.

THAT'S FANTASTIC, BUT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT, UM, THAT THOSE FUNDS ARE BEING ALLOCATED IN SUCH A WAY THAT IS RESPONSIBLE, THAT THE CITY IS PARTNERING WITH, UM, UH, UM, BUT THEY, UH, RESPONSIBLE, UM, VENDOR AND THAT WE'RE NOT USING LOOPHOLES, UM, TO ACTUALLY, UH, MOVE THIS MONEY INTO THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE THAT ACTUALLY NEED THEM, THAT WE USE A CONTRACTOR THAT WE CAN SERIOUSLY, UM, AND VEHEMENTLY VET FOR THE WORK.

UM, IT'S ALSO, UM, VERY, VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE USE THE MONEY THAT THE FUNDS THAT ARE COMING THROUGH FOR THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN, UM, TO ALSO HELP AN AID, THESE MUSICIANS, THE MONEY NEEDS TO GO TO THESE MUSICIANS, UH, AND NEEDS TO GO TO THEM YESTERDAY AND USED TO GO TO THEM NOW.

AND THERE'S A LOT OF MUSICIANS THAT ARE GOING TO BE, UM, NEEDING SOME SERIOUS, UM, AID HERE PRETTY SOON BECAUSE OF, YOU KNOW, MY NEWSFEED LOOKS LIKE 2019.

I'M SURE EVERYONE ELSE HERE HAS DOES TOO, BUT, UM, YOU WILL PROBABLY LOOK CLOSER AND YOU'LL FIND THAT MUSIC IS NOT QUITE BACK TO JUST YET.

IT'S NOT QUITE, UM, KICKING AT THE RATE IT WAS BEFORE.

UM, COVID-19 SO IF WE CAN GET TO THESE MUSICIANS, THAT WOULD BE AMAZING.

AND AS MY, UH, BROTHER RAY PRICE WAS SAYING BEFORE, I GUESS WE DO INVITE YOU ALL FOR A TOUR TO COME OUT AND TOUR THE JURY MINERAL DORIAN MILLER AUDITORIUM.

WHEN WE GET THE GREEN LIGHT TO ACTUALLY HAVE PEOPLE BACK IN THAT SPACE, THERE'S A LOT OF WORK THAT WE'VE BEEN DOING, AND THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO SHARE WITH YOU.

SO I'LL YIELD THE REST OF MY TIME AND THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME APPRECIATE IT.

THANKS SCOTT.

UM, SARAH HO ON AGENDA ITEM TO A LIVE MUSIC FUND.

HELLO.

UH, MY NAME IS SARAH.

I WANTED TO SPEAK TODAY REGARDING THE LIVE MUSIC FUND AS WELL.

I'M A STUDENT AT UT AND MY ONLY SOURCE OF INCOME IS GIGGING.

I'M A PROFESSIONAL HARPIST, AND I'VE BEEN PLAYING GIGS IN AUSTIN FOR FOUR YEARS.

AND THIS PAST YEAR I HAD A LOT OF CANCELLATIONS AND MISSED INCOME DUE TO COVID.

UH, WE'VE ALL GONE WITHOUT STABLE EARNED INCOME FOR 14 MONTHS NOW, AND GIGS ARE STILL NOT FULLY BACK.

UM, I'M NOT GETTING BOOKED FOR NEARLY AS MUCH AS I WAS BEFORE.

SO IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT THE LIFE MUSIC FUND IS UP AND RUNNING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE PEOPLE NEED TO EAT AND PAY RENT.

NOW, NOT IN A FEW MONTHS, ESPECIALLY WITH THE FEDERAL PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ENDING AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

UM, OUR JOBS AREN'T BACK AND IN MOST CASES ARE TOTALLY OUT OF OUR CONTROL SINCE THEY'RE BOOKED AND FACILITATED BY OTHERS.

UM, SO WE REALLY NEED THIS MONEY TO CONTINUE SURVIVING.

IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT THAT A THIRD PARTY ADMINISTRATOR HANDLE THESE FUNDS.

UM, SO THERE'S A POSSIBILITY OF THE FUND GROWING.

IF IT STAYS WITH CITY STAFF, IT'LL BE TIED DOWN DIRECTLY TO THE AMOUNT OF GROWTH OF THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAXES, AND WE'LL BE LIMITED IN ITS ABILITY TO HELP MUSICIANS IN AUSTIN AND HELP OUR INDUSTRY GROW BACK.

UM, THAT WAS IT.

I YIELD MY TIME.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR LISTENING.

THANK YOU, SARAH.

WE GOT ONE LAST SPEAKER, UH, JESSICA FORESIGHT ON ITEM TWO, A

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JESSICA ARE.

YOU DID.

YEAH, HE'S HERE AS WELL.

UM, SO LET HIM SPEAK.

WE'RE BOTH HERE, BUT, UM, BUT, UH, HI EVERYBODY.

I'M GLAD TO BE HERE AGAIN.

THIS IS JESSICA AND I'M A MEMBER OF THE GUY FOR BAND AS WELL AS MY OWN BAND, UH, JESSICA AND THE VANITY PROJECT.

UH, I'M HERE AS A LEADER IN THE COMMUNITY WITH THE SISTERHOOD DIVISION OF AUSTIN, TEXAS MUSICIANS AS AN ADMINISTRATOR.

UM, AND YOU'LL HEAR FROM GUY IN A MINUTE POSSIBLY ABOUT, ABOUT, UH, HIS STORY BEING A LIFELONG MUSICIAN HERE IN AUSTIN.

AND UNFORTUNATELY THERE'S HUNDREDS OF MUSICIANS THAT ARE HERE STRUGGLING TO CONTINUING TO MAKE MUSIC IN THE CITY.

THAT'S SLOWLY PUSHING US ALL OUT OF IT.

UM, IT'S BEEN OVER A YEAR, WE HAVEN'T HAD STEADY INCOME AND MUSICIANS.

WE NEED THIS TO HELP ME OR LIKE BASIC NEEDS.

UM, I'M ASKING THAT TODAY, UH, FOR THE LIVE MUSIC FUND, LIKE SARAH HAD MENTIONED, WE NEED THIS TO BE RELEASED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

THE F PUC, IT ENDS ON THE 26TH OF THIS MONTH.

UM, THAT'S JUST WEEKS AWAY AND WE NEED THE LIVE MUSIC FUND AVAILABLE NOW TO HELP MUSICIANS GET BACK ON THEIR FEET, UM, AND HELP US TRANSITION BACK FROM THE PANDEMIC.

IT'S NOT IMMEDIATE, UH, FOR US TO JUST BE UP AND RUNNING.

IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE TIME AND THIS, UH, THIS FUND WILL NOT BE AS HELPFUL IF WE HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR FROM NOW, WE NEED IT NOW GETTING THE LIVE MUSIC FUND UP AND RUNNING.

THIS WILL, UH, IF IT COULD HAPPEN SOON, THAT'S GOING TO BE CRUCIAL IN BRINGING OUR INDUSTRY BACK TO LIFE.

AND, AND SARAH, I AGREE WITH YOU THAT A THIRD PARTY ADMINISTRATOR TO BE BROUGHT IN TO HANDLE THE FUNDS, BASICALLY FOR THE SIMPLE FACT THAT WE WILL, UH, WE NEED THOSE FUNDS OPEN.

UH, WE NEED THE POSSIBILITIES OPEN FOR PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TO GROW.

UM, IF MONEY STAYS WITHIN THE CITY STRUCTURE, IT WILL BE TIED DIRECTLY TO THE CITY HOTEL, OCCUPANCY TAXES, AND WE NEED THE FUNDS TO REMAIN SUSTAINABLE IF THE MONEY STAYS WITH THE CITY STAFF AND, UH, OR IF THE MONEY STAYS WITH CITY STAFF TO ADMIN, THAT CANNOT HAPPEN.

UM, LET'S SUPPORT THE IDEA THAT WAS ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED BY THE VISITOR, UH, THE VISITOR TASK FORCE IN 2017, THE MUSICIAN AND VENUE REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM THAT PAYS FOR PERFORMANCES IS THE BEST WAY FOR US TO GET THIS INDUSTRY BACK UP AND RUNNING.

AND LASTLY, ALTHOUGH ITEM 60 WAS APPROVED, IT DID REMOVE ANY TIMELINE FOR ACTION ON THE CITY MANAGER'S PART.

UM, LET'S GET THOSE APR FUNDS MOVING TO BACKFILL THE M L F LOSSES AND GET THE MLF UP AND RUNNING.

UM, I, I THANK YOU GUYS FOR LETTING ME SPEAK.

UM, IF YOU'D LIKE TO ALLOW GUY TO SPEAK, YOU WILL AND IF NOT, THAT'S COOL.

I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

UM, YEAH, I THINK GUY CAN JUMP IN THERE.

I'M NOT, I'M NOT SURE WHERE WE'RE AT ON TIME, BUT YEAH, GO AHEAD GUY, IF YOU CAN.

YEP.

I'M HERE.

SO, UH, SHALL I CONTINUE? YES, GO AHEAD.

OKAY.

VERY GOOD.

UM, UH, MY NAME IS GUY FORSYTH.

I'M A PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN.

I HAVE THREE DECADES OF WORKING IN AUSTIN.

UH, CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATE WOULD SAY THAT I'VE DONE AT LEAST 3000 SHOWS IN AUSTIN.

UM, AND ACTUALLY THE NUMBERS ARE GOING TO BE A LOT HIGHER THAN THAT.

UH, THE LAST YEAR AND THE CONDITIONS CAUSED BY THE LOCKDOWN WAS A UNPRECEDENTED ECONOMIC BURDEN FOR THE AUSTIN LIVE MUSIC COMMUNITY, ALL AROUND.

WHAT WE DO IS THE EXACT WRONG THING TO DO IN THE TIME OF A PANDEMIC.

AND THAT'S WHAT WE DID.

WE ALL KNUCKLED DOWN AND WE'D DONE OUR BEST TO SURVIVE, BUT THE ECONOMIC SITUATION IS DIRE IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE CULTURE OF LIVE MUSIC IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, THE FUNDS THAT HAVE BEEN RAISED IN THE, IN THE, UH, IN THE, IN THE AUSTIN LIVE MUSIC, UM, UH, MUSIC FUND NEED TO GET TO THE WORKERS IN MUSIC SO THAT THEY CAN SURVIVE AND MAINTAIN THE QUALITY OF MUSIC THAT HAS MADE AUSTIN, TEXAS, A PRIMARY TOURIST DESTINATION FOR FANS OF MUSIC.

I KNOW THAT THE CITY'S OWN, UH, OWN, UH, INVESTIGATIONS HAS FOUND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE LIVE MUSIC COMMUNITY.

THERE'S NO REASON TO THINK THAT THAT LIVE ME'S COMMUNITY WILL SURVIVE.

IF EFFORT IS NOT TAKEN RIGHT NOW, I FAVOR TAKING THOSE FUNDS AND PUTTING THEM IN A THIRD PARTY'S HANDS, SUCH AS THE LONG CENTER, UM, THE, UH, THE NONPROFIT, WHICH OVERSAW THE MONEY GOING TO VENUES SO EFFECTIVELY IN THE MOST, UH, IN, IN THE RECENT ATTEMPT TO TRY TO SUSTAIN THE VENUES, IT MAKES SENSE TO PUT IT IN A THIRD PARTY'S HAND, BECAUSE THAT ALLOWS, UH, COOPERATION WITH CORPORATIONS

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AND OTHER DONORS AND OTHER PEOPLE THAT WANT TO ENSURE AUSTIN'S TOURISTS, ECONOMIC VIABILITY.

UM, I THINK THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT COULD BE DONE AND SHOULD BE DONE, AND IT SHOULD BE DONE SOONER RATHER THAN LATER, BECAUSE AUSTIN IS BLEEDING TALENT RIGHT NOW, THOSE PEOPLE NEED TO BE PROTECTED SO THAT AUSTIN CAN MAINTAIN ITS POSITION AS THE LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.

I THINK THAT SUMS UP MY POINT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

THANKS, GARY.

APPRECIATE IT.

DEFINITELY.

I THINK THAT'S IT FOR CITIZENS' COMMUNICATION TONIGHT.

UM, AND WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

SO THEN I'M GOING TO HAVE A CHANCE TO, UH, LOOK OVER THE MINUTES FROM MY THIRD MEETING MOTION TO APPROVE A SECOND.

OKAY.

ALL IN FAVOR OPPOSE.

ALL RIGHT.

MOTION CARRIES.

UM, MORE

[2. CHAIR’S REPORT]

ON PART TWO OF THE AGENDA TO CHAIR'S REPORT.

I'M NOT SURE AS IS, UH, COMMISSIONER, THE MOUNT HERE.

CHRIS, YOU GOT THERE? NO, THERE WE GO.

IT WASN'T AMUSING AT THE TIME.

OKAY.

OKAY.

COOL.

WELL, UM, WE HAVE A NEW, UH, COMMISSIONER JOINING US TONIGHT AND I'M THINK HE'S ELIGIBLE TO VOTE, BUT HE'S, UH, COMING IN, UM, YOUR COUNSEL WOMAN IS, UH, WHO E O S P PR PR.

OKAY.

DISTRICT GRIER WELCOME, UH, TO THE MUSIC COMMISSION.

WE, UH, GLAD YOU'RE HERE.

I APPRECIATE ALL Y'ALL.

I FEEL LIKE I KNOW MOST OF Y'ALL FROM WATCHING THE VIDEOS FROM THE PAST, YOU KNOW, MEETINGS AND WHATNOT.

AWESOME.

AWESOME.

WELL, THANKS FOR JOINING US.

DID YOU WANT TO SAY ANYTHING REAL QUICK, SHARE ANYTHING? UH, YOU KNOW WHAT, MY NAME IS CHRISTOPHER .

UH, YOU KNOW, I MAY, BESIDES MY TIME IN LA IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY, I MADE LIFELONG BORN AND RAISED EAST AUSTIN NIGHT.

UH, YOU KNOW, OUR FAMILY HAS LONG TIES, UH, IN AUSTIN AND CENTRAL TEXAS, SINCE THE 18 HUNDREDS, I COME FROM A VERY LARGE FAMILY AND PREDOMINANTLY ALL OUT OF DISTRICT THREE.

SO, YOU KNOW, REPRESENTING MY DISTRICT, I'M FEEL VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE I'VE BEEN A LONG TIME MEMBER OF THAT COMMUNITY.

AND, YOU KNOW, I'VE GROWN UP BETWEEN THE, BETWEEN LIKE THE THREE PARTS OF PAKISTAN GOSA GIBBONS AND ROSEWOOD, YOU KNOW, THOSE ARE, THOSE WERE, THAT WAS THE GENERAL AREA WHERE I GREW UP RIGHT OFF AIRPORT BOULEVARD.

AND TO BE A PART OF THIS COMMISSION RIGHT NOW, I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL, YOU KNOW, IT'S REALLY AWESOME TO BE PART OF THIS, I GUESS YOU WOULD CALL IT A REBUILDING OF AUSTIN'S MUSIC SCENE AFTER COVID.

SO, YOU KNOW, UM, I LOVE EVERYTHING THAT Y'ALL BEEN SUPPORTING AND JUST LIKE THE GENTLEMAN EARLIER WAS EVEN SAYING, YOU KNOW, ABOUT THOSE MAILERS.

I MEAN, I'VE HAD REALLY GREAT MEMORIES GROWING UP THERE.

YOU KNOW, A LOT OF JUNETEENTH CELEBRATIONS AS WELL, BEING IN OUR COMMUNITY.

WE OWN BUSINESSES ON EAST SEVENTH STREET.

UH, DRY CLEANERS HAS BEEN OVER THERE FOR FIELD FOR 50 YEARS WHERE, YOU KNOW, IT'S GIVEN US THE ABILITY WHERE IT'S KIND OF LIKE A, KIND OF LIKE A BARBER SHOP IN A SENSE WHERE PEOPLE COME BY AND COMMUNITY AND THEY'LL JUST PICK UP THEIR CLOTHES, BUT THEY TALK TO YOU ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

SINCE MY GRANDFATHER USED TO BE A PRETTY BIG PUBLIC FIGURE WITHIN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, YOU KNOW, NOW THAT HE'S GONE IN AGE, YOU KNOW, THERE'S OTHER, OTHER PEOPLE TAKING OVER AND, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO SUPPORT, AND I'M HOPING THAT I CAN BE ONE OF THOSE THAT BRINGS A POSITIVE IMPACTS IN DISTRICT THREE.

SO THANK YOU.

DEFINITELY.

DEFINITELY.

IT'S GOOD TO HAVE YOU, MAN.

IT'S GOOD TO HEAR THAT HISTORY AND WELCOME.

WELCOME.

WELCOME.

SO, UM, WHERE, UH, THIS PART OF CHAIR'S REPORT, I, I WROTE A LITTLE SOMETHING I WANTED TO SHARE.

OH, SORRY.

NO, IT'S A LITTLE ECHO, UH, WROTE SOMETHING TO SHARE JUST TO REFLECT ON THIS MOMENT RIGHT HERE THAT, UH, WE'RE IN, UH, THIS MONTH IS THE MONTH OF JUNE TEAM IS ALSO THE MONTH OF PRIDE.

SO I WANTED TO TRY TO PUT SOME THOUGHTS TOGETHER AROUND THOSE, THOSE TWO THINGS AND ALSO THE CONCEPT OF FREEDOM.

SO I'M GOING TO SHARE THAT WITH Y'ALL AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO THE AGENDA.

I APPRECIATE, UH, THIS MOMENT.

SO LET'S JUST IMAGINE FOR A SECOND, JANUARY 1ST, 1863, I THINK SOMEONE MIGHT NEED TO MUTE YOU ARE THE DESCENDANT OF CAPTURED AFRICANS LIVING ON AMERICAN SOIL.

AND THEN IT'S PROCLAIMED THAT YOU ARE FREE FROM BONDAGE.

A CIVIL WAR CONTINUES TO RAGE ON, BUT LEGALLY, ACCORDING TO A DOCUMENT ENTITLED THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION, YOUR ENSLAVEMENT IS NOW UNLAWFUL.

WHEREAS FREEDOM FOR YOU

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IN THE MOMENT IT'S IN YOUR VERY LUNGS AND SPIRIT WHERE IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN, BUT NOW IN YOUR BODY, WHERE DO YOU GO WITH THIS PUBLICLY DECLARED EXTERNAL FREEDOM THAT A DAY PRIOR WAS UNHEARD OF IN ALL WAYS, EXCEPT WITHIN PERHAPS MESSAGES FLOATED TO YOU IN THE WIND OF THIS DAY, COMING YOU DANCE SCREAM, SHOUT WELL AT THE SUN, THE MOON, THE STARS DOES THE SKY LOOK DIFFERENT? THE EARTH.

DOES THE AIR FEEL DIFFERENT ON YOUR SKIN? TRY TO IMAGINE THIS FEELING WITH ME FOR JUST A MOMENT.

NOW, FAST FORWARD TO GALVESTON, TEXAS, JUNE 19, 1865, MORE THAN TWO YEARS AFTER FELLOW PRISONERS OF WAR WERE RELEASED IN OTHER REGIONS OF A TERRITORY, THEY CALLED THE UNITED STATES.

SOME TROOPS ARRIVE AT THE BAY ANNOUNCING THAT YOUR DAY HAS ARRIVED VIA AN EXECUTIVE DECREE.

IS THIS FEELING THE SAME AS 1863 OR DIFFERENT THE SUN, THE MOON, THE STARS, THE EARTH TWO YEARS LATER, THE SAME OR DIFFERENT JUNETEENTH IS A CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM THAT IS NOW BEING RECOGNIZED AND CELEBRATED NATIONALLY.

BUT I OFTEN WONDER IF WE CAN POSSIBLY FATHOM THE DEPTH OF THIS DATE, THIS STATE OF TEXAS, IN WHICH WE RESIDE HELD ONTO THE SPOILS OF SLAVERY TWO YEARS LONGER THAN ANY OTHER, AND ONLY LET IT GO LIKE EVERY OTHER SOUTHERN STATE BEFORE IT UNDER MILITARY FORCE, HOW MUCH LONGER WOULD LEGALIZE ENSLAVEMENT HAVE LASTED WITHOUT THE COPIOUS AMOUNT OF BLOODSHED AND SACRIFICE THAT WE CALL THE CIVIL WAR.

I DON'T HAVE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS, BUT DEEP WITHIN THE SIMPLE FACT THAT THIS STATE HELD ONTO THE INSTITUTION OF SLAVERY LONGER THAN ANY OTHER SPEAKS VOLUMES, SOMEONE HAD TO BE THE LAST BUT TWO FULL YEARS AFTER EMANCIPATION, TEXAS NEEDED 2000 UNION TROOPS TO MAKE IT OFFICIAL.

THIS IS NOT A HISTORY LESSON, BUT THE LEGACY IS IMPORTANT TODAY IN THE LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO MEASURE HOW FAR WE HAVE COME FROM JUNE 19, 1865.

THE MUSIC BORN FROM THE DESCENDANTS OF THIS HISTORY HELPED DEFINE THIS CITY INTERNATIONALLY.

IF FOR THE MOST PART, THE SPOILS OF THIS GROWTH ARE NOT EXPERIENCED IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY.

STILL.

I WANT TO PUSH US ALL TO EVALUATE FREEDOM TODAY.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE FREE IN 2021? THIS IS A VERY PERSONAL REFLECTION WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THE LEGACY OF SLAVERY CONTINUES TO BE A MASS INCARCERATION.

JIM CROW, 2.0 LEGISLATION AND UNJUST POLICE PRACTICES, BLACK CHICANO, ASIAN, WHITE, QUEER NONBINARY.

HOWEVER YOU IDENTIFY, I CALL ON THOSE OF US IN THE MUSIC COMMUNITY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE VALUE OF THE LABOR CREATED BY MUSICIANS AND CONSIDER HOW MUCH THIS LABOR HAS DEFINED THE SPIRIT OF AUSTIN.

I ENCOURAGE US TO RECOGNIZE THAT SLAVERY WAS AT ONE TIME LEGAL AND DEEMED A NECESSARY EVIL.

WHAT ARE THE NECESSARY EVILS THAT WE ARE CARRYING INTO 2021 AFTER THE REFLECTION AND SUPPOSEDLY RESET OF 2020 IN OUR INDUSTRY, HOW DO WE ERADICATE THEM AND MOVE FORWARD TOWARDS GREATER FREEDOM AND THE REALIZATION OF OUR HIGHEST SELVES THROUGH THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY THAT MUSIC PROVIDES US WITH, WE ALL WANT TO GET BACK TO LIVE SHOWS, BUT WE ALSO NEED TO GET OURSELVES INTO A DEEPER COMMITMENT FOR MAKING THIS EXPERIENCE MORE LIBERATING AND EQUITABLE.

FOR THOSE THAT CREATE SO MUCH VALUE, LOCALLY, STRONGER PROTECTIONS AND GREATER OPPORTUNITIES MUST BE PUT IN PLACE FOR ALL WORKERS, THE MUSIC INDUSTRY TO THRIVE, BUT ESPECIALLY MEMBERS OF THE BIPAP COMMUNITY.

WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN TO YOU TODAY AND CELEBRATION OF PRIDE MONTH? I WANT TO LEAVE US WITH A FEW THOUGHTS FROM THE BRILLIANT QUEER AUTHOR.

JAMES BALDWIN, A COUNTRY IS ONLY AS GOOD, ONLY AS STRONG AS THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT UP.

AND THE COUNTRY TURNS

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INTO WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT IT TO BECOME.

I DON'T BELIEVE ANY LONGER THAT WE CAN AFFORD TO SAY THAT IS ENTIRELY OUT OF OUR HANDS.

WE MADE THE WORLD WE'RE LIVING IN AND WE HAVE TO MAKE IT OVER.

NOT EVERYTHING THAT IS FACED CAN BE CHANGED, BUT NOTHING CAN BE CHANGED UNTIL IT IS FACED.

LET'S BE PROUD OF WHO WE ARE TODAY, UNDERSTAND WHERE WE ARE NOW BASED ON WHERE WE HAVE BEEN AND DEDICATE OURSELVES TO FACING WHAT MUST BE CHANGED, HAPPY JUNETEENTH AND PRIDE MONTH TO EVERYONE AND ALL THE FREEDOM SEEKERS OUT THERE.

THANK YOU ALL FOR LISTENING.

GET INTO THE AGENDA.

OH, BUSINESS

[a. Discussion and Possible Action on Live Music Fund following update from staff.]

DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON LIVE MUSIC, FOLLOWING UPDATE FROM STAFF.

SO GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

SO THERE'LL BE A WHOLE RABB ACTING DIRECTOR, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

AS YOU ALL ARE AWARE THAT STAFF PRESENTED CONCEPTS AROUND THE FRAMEWORK OF USE OF AMERICAN RESCUE DOLLARS.

AND AT THE LAST COUNCIL MEETING ITEM NUMBER 60 WAS PASSED, WHICH REFERENCED THE LIVE MUSIC FUND.

WE HAVE, UM, BEEN WORKING HARD IN TERMS OF, UH, COMING UP WITH A COMMON, UH, FOUNDATION FOR ALL OF THE HOT FUNDED PROGRAMS, AS I HAVEN'T MENTIONED IN PREVIOUS MEETINGS.

AND SO WE ARE AWARE OF THE ITEM THAT WAS PASSED, AND THOUGH IT DID NOT GIVE A DEFINITE TIMELINE.

WE WILL BE COMING BACK WITH RECOMMENDATIONS ONCE THE ARPA FUNDS ARE APPROVED.

THAT IS HOW THE RESOLUTION READ.

UH, WE HAVE SHARED DRAFT COMMENTS WITH, UM, THE CHAIR AND THE VICE CHAIR.

AND SO WE ARE WORKING TO COME BACK WITH GUIDELINES TO THE FULL COMMISSION BEFORE WE TAKE THEM TO COUNCIL.

BUT I JUST WANT TO CLARIFY SOME THINGS.

THE LIVE MUSIC FUND IS FUNDED FROM HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX.

THESE HAVE TO BE USED IN ACCORDANCE WITH A STATE STATUTE.

SO IN TERMS OF EMERGENCY FUNDS FOR RENT LIGHTS, ET CETERA, THESE FUNDS CANNOT BE USED FOR THOSE ACTIVITIES.

THESE FUNDS HAVE TO BE USED OR EVENTS THAT ATTRACT TOURISTS.

SO JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WERE CLEAR ON, UH, THE HOT TAX, THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX VERSUS THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN BUDS, WHICH COULD BE USED FOR EMERGENCY TYPE OF EXPENSES.

SO WE HAVE NOT BEEN SITTING IN THE BACKGROUND, UM, UH, NOT DOING ANYTHING.

WE ACTUALLY HAVE UPLOADED A REPORT FROM THE WORK THAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING WITH OUR CONSULTANT IS ACTUALLY ON SPEAK OF AUSTIN.

SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE EVERYONE WHO'S WATCHING TO GO AND READ THE REPORT.

WE HAVE GATHERED ALL THE FEEDBACK THAT WE HAVE HEARD, UH, RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE CONSULTANT, ET CETERA.

SO THAT WAS UPLOADED ON, UH, FRIDAY.

AND SO WE WILL BE WORKING WITH, UH, THE CHAIR AND THE VICE CHAIR ON A POSSIBLE SPECIAL CALL MEETING TO BRING FORTH THE GUIDELINES.

BUT AGAIN, WE WILL PRESENT FINAL GUIDELINES AFTER THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN FUNDING IS APPROVED.

SO I'M HERE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS AND THE GUIDELINES TOOK INTO ACCOUNT, BOTH RESOLUTIONS PASSED BY THE MUSIC COMMISSION.

SO NO YOU FOR THAT CLARITY.

UM, I HOPE SOME OF THE FOLKS THAT I SPOKE EARLIER, UM, HEARD THAT IF THERE ARE OTHER, THERE ARE MEMBERS OF THOSE ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE WATCHING, UH, ANY PEOPLE TO, TO GET THAT WORD TO THOSE FOLKS.

UM, AND JUST IN GENERAL, UNDERSTAND THAT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE LIVE MUSIC FUNDS AND THE ARP FUNDS FOR EMERGENCY THE LIVE MUSIC FUND, NOT BEING SOMETHING THAT, UM, IS FOR EMERGENCIES.

AND ALSO THAT IT'S DERIVED FROM HOTEL TAX FUNDS AND CAN'T BECOME SOME OTHER, OTHER ENTITY.

UM, WE ARE HAVING DISCUSSIONS AND AS A MUSIC COMMISSION ABOUT OTHER ENTITIES, WE HAVE HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH THE ARTS COMMISSION.

UM, LAUREN, UM, WE'LL PROBABLY TALK ABOUT THAT LATER ABOUT LOOKING INTO, YOU KNOW, PARTNERSHIPS AND THINGS THAT WE CAN BUILD THROUGH A ALLIANCE AND BE MORE CREATIVE ABOUT WAYS TO GENERATE FUNDS FROM

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COMPANIES AND THINGS THAT ARE NOT CONNECTED TO THE CITY.

SO THAT IS AT PLAY.

AND I THINK ALL THOSE COMMENTS WERE GREAT, BUT WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THOSE POTS.

DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? UM, YEAH.

THANK YOU.

SO NOVIA, I DO, UH, YES.

DO YOU WANT TO SAY TO THE REST OF THE COMMISSION, UH, SYNOVIA AND ERICA AND STEPHANIE HAVE BEEN IN MEETINGS WITH, UH, SHOTGUN I AND THE CHAIRMAN VICE CHAIR OF THE ARTS COMMISSION AND, UM, YOU KNOW, TALKING ABOUT THE POSSIBLE, UM, PLANNED USES OF THE LIVE MUSIC FUNDS.

SO YES, EDD HAS DEFINITELY BEEN WORKING HARD ON A PLAN FOR THAT.

UH, THAT'S TAKING A LOT OF THINGS INTO ACCOUNT, THE PANDEMIC, THE EQUITY ISSUES.

UM, SO I'M DEFINITELY EXCITED FOR EDD TO SHARE THAT WITH THE WIDER COMMISSION.

AND SO NOVIA YOU, YOU MENTIONED THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO THAT.

UH, SO WE'RE NOT DOING THAT TONIGHT, BUT, UH, WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO THAT POSSIBLY BEFORE JULY IN A SPECIAL CALLED MEETING.

OH, I'M WORKING ON IT.

UM, MY HOPE IS THAT IF WE CAN DO A SPECIAL CALL MEETING THAT AS SOON AS COUNSEL RETURNS, WE'RE SENDING A MEMO INFORMING THEM OF THE GUIDELINES.

THAT IS MY HOPE.

AND ALSO I HEARD THE COMMENT ABOUT A THIRD PARTY, AND I THINK I EXPLAINED IN ONE MEETING THAT THIRD PARTIES DON'T OPERATE FOR FREE.

AND SO YOU HAVE TO PAY THEM, UM, OR THEIR SERVICES.

AND SO TRYING TO BALANCE THAT WITH THE AMOUNT IN THE FUND, UM, IT'S GONNA BE, UH, AN ITEM THAT I WILL BRING FORTH.

UH, JUST SO EVERYONE IS AWARE OF WHAT THE STANDARD, UH, COSTS HAVE BEEN ACROSS ALL OF OUR, UM, COBIT PROGRAMS AND EMERGENCY PROGRAMS, JUST SO THAT YOU'RE AWARE.

AND SO HOW, HOW DOES, WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE PASSAGE OF ITEMS $65 MILLION A YEAR FOR TWO YEARS? HOW DOES THAT AFFECT THE LIVE MUSIC FUND USE? BECAUSE THAT WE HAVE THOSE SEPARATE FUNDS SET ASIDE, THAT'S HOT MONEY THAT'S SITTING IN THE BANK, UM, OR SOME, SOME BANK OR SOMETHING SOMEWHERE, WHEREVER IT LIVES, IT'S WAITING.

UH, SO I GUESS, YEAH, I GUESS THAT'S MY QUESTION.

WHAT, WHAT DO WE HA CAN YOU WALK ME THROUGH THE STEPS, LIKE THE HURDLES THAT WE HAVE TO GET PAST TO BE ABLE TO START SPENDING THE FUNDS? SO THE FIRST STEP IS WE NEED TO BRING THE GUIDELINES TO THE MUSIC COMMISSION TO GET INPUT, AND WE WOULD POST FOR CITIZEN COMMENT.

UM, WHEN WE CAN WORK WITH YOU ON HOW LONG YOU THINK YOU WANT TO GET FEEDBACK, I'M NOT SURE IF THAT'S SOMETHING YOU JUST WANT TO DO AND THEN ACT OR POST, AND THEN GIVE PEOPLE TIME TO REVIEW IT, COME BACK AND PROVIDE INPUT.

BUT I'M HOPING BECAUSE WE'RE STILL UNDER, UH, THE EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT WE CAN STILL DO VIRTUAL.

SO I'M HOPING THAT WE CAN BUILD IN AN EXTRA MEETING TO DO THAT.

UM, AND SO THE FIRST STEP WOULD BE TO BRING THE GUIDELINES THAT, UH, TO THE COMMISSION OR THAT YOU'VE GOTTEN A GLIMPSE OF GET FEEDBACK FROM THE COMMUNITY, GET FEEDBACK FROM THE MUSIC COMMISSION OF SUGGEST ANY RECOMMENDATIONS.

THEN COME BACK TO THE COMMISSION IF NECESSARY TO SAY, OKAY, WE'RE GOOD WITH THIS.

PLEASE SEND THIS TO COUNCIL.

UM, UH, I DON'T THINK JUST A MEMO INFORMING COUNSEL, AND THEN, UH, THE PROCESS OF FINDING A THIRD PARTY ADMINISTRATOR AND WHERE WOULD WE PAY FOR THAT COST? UM, AND DEPENDING ON WHO THAT SELECTED INDIVIDUALS, THEY MAY HAVE INFRASTRUCTURE ALREADY IN PLACE THAT COULD, UH, DO A TURNKEY.

THEN YOU WOULD NEED TO TAKE THAT CONTRACT TO COUNCIL ONCE COUNCIL APPROVES THAT CONTRACT, UM, WE CAN, UH, ENTER IT TO IT AND TRANSFER FUNDS, AND THEN THEY COULD GET STARTED AT MINISTRY GUIDELINES.

NOW, JUST TO BE CLEAR, THE GUIDELINES ON WHAT WE'RE BRINGING TO YOU TO UP HUYNH ON THE THIRD PARTY IS ONLY GOING TO EXECUTE WHAT YOU APPROVE.

SO THERE, YOU KNOW, THEY COULD MATCH MAKE AND DO SOME EXTRA FUNDRAISING, BUT FOR THE DOLLARS SPECIFICALLY THE WHOLE TO OCCUPANTS DOLLARS, THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO COMPLY WITH, ESPECIALLY WITH THAT STATE STATUTE AND THE RUBRIC THAT WE WILL BRING FORTH FOR YOU TO CONSIDER.

SO, SO IN TERMS OF TIMELINE, YOU SAY, HOW MANY WEEKS STILL? NO ELVIA.

YES.

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I KNOW.

LET ME GET THERE SO BEST CASE SCENARIO.

UM, WE COULD HAVE PROBABLY BEEN UNDER CONTRACT, UH, POSSIBLY BY SEPTEMBER.

AND I JUST WANT TO GIVE RUNWAY BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW HOW LONG COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT YOU WANT TO DO, RIGHT.

THAT'S GOING TO PLAY INTO IT.

AND THEN, UM, WE COULD START KIND OF, ONCE YOU KIND OF LOOK AT THE GUIDELINES, WE'D GET START INTERVIEWING POTENTIAL THIRD PARTY INDIVIDUALS AT THE SAME TIME, YOU'RE TAKING YOUR FEEDBACK.

SO THAT WOULD CUT DOWN SOME TIME BECAUSE THAT'S HOW WE'VE DONE OUR EMERGENCY PROGRAMS. WE GET THE DRAFT GUIDELINES, WE START TALKING TO THIRD PARTIES TO CLOSE THAT GAP.

SO THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE CAN ALSO DO, BUT I'VE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR FROM THE MUSIC COMMISSION, UM, TO WANT, WANNA DEPLOY THESE FUNDS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

UM, YEAH, THAT, SO SEPTEMBER THAT'S GREAT.

I THINK THAT'S, THAT'S SOONER A LITTLE BIT SOONER THAN WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER BECAUSE THAT THAT'S STARTING IN THIS FISCAL YEAR AND SO OKAY.

AND ALL THE STARS HAVE TO ALIGN.

AND CHARLOTTE, I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT THE STARS HAVE TO ALIGN ON OUR BACK END.

YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A PROCESS, ALL THAT GOOD STUFF.

I JUST WANT TO POP IN AND JUST ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO TUNE IN TO COUNCIL THIS WEEK, BECAUSE WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE EMERGENCY FUNDS THAT CAN BE DEPLOYED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, IT REALLY IS THOSE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN, UH, ALLOCATIONS.

SO THERE IS A WORK SESSION TOMORROW, PLEASE TUNE IN AS WELL AS A MEETING ON THURSDAY.

AND SO THIS IS THE KEY TIME FOR COMMISSIONERS IN PUBLIC TO LET THEIR COUNCIL MEMBERS AND THE MAYOR KNOW, UH, YOU KNOW, WHAT YOU'RE SUPPORTING IN TERMS OF THESE FEDERAL DOLLARS THAT CAN BE, UH, DEPLOYED MORE QUICKLY AND FOR EMERGENCY RELIEF.

UM, AND THEN THAT OUR HOPE IS TO, YOU KNOW, USE IF THAT GETS APPROVED AND THEN THAT WILL LEAD INTO THE HOT PROGRAMS. AND SO THAT THERE IS A FLUIDITY AS EACH QUARTER GOES BY WITH SOME TYPE OF SUPPORT AND IT WON'T JUST BE HOT.

IT WON'T JUST BE FEDERAL THINGS.

I MEAN, FEDERAL DOLLARS.

WE'LL ALSO BE DEPLOYING OTHER PROGRAMS TO HELP SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS IN TERMS OF TRAINING.

UH, SO, OKAY.

SO ARE YOU SAYING THAT, THAT, UH, SORRY, I'M HEARING AN ECHO, BUT, UM, ARE YOU SAYING THAT OUR, OUR FUNDS CAN BE DEPLOYED MORE QUICKLY? CAUSE I THOUGHT THAT THAT WAS ALL PART OF THE BUDGETING FOR FISCAL YEAR 21, 22, THAT THAT WAS ALL GOING TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH ALL THOSE BUDGET WORK SESSIONS, BUT IS THAT, AM I MISSED? CAN IT BE FASTER? IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE SAYING? SO THE PROPOSAL IS SPENDING IN THE CURRENT YEAR F Y 21, WHICH MEANS BY SEPTEMBER AND THEN THERE'S A RECOMMENDATION FOR AN AMOUNT FOR NEXT FISCAL YEAR.

AND SO THE CONCEPT IS IN STAGES.

SO IF YOU CAN GET EMERGENCY RELIEF NOW, THEN WE DEPLOY THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX FUNDS, THEN A NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET.

WE HAVE OTHER TRANSFORMATIONAL TYPE PROGRAM AROUND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AROUND, UM, UH, TRAINING, SOLAR PRENEURS, OR ENTREPRENEURS, UH, INDIVIDUALS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE PROPERLY INCORPORATED.

ARE THEY LICENSING EVERYTHING TO GIVE TRAINING? SO IT'S A ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE PUNCH, ONE EMERGENCY HOT TRAINING, UM, UH, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.

AND THEN WE COME BACK AGAIN WITH, UH, IF IT PASSED WITH MORE EMERGENCY AND SO AND SO FORTH.

AND THEN BY THE TIME, UH, WE'LL BE BACK AROUND FOR THE NEXT YEAR OF LIVE MUSIC FUND.

SO IT'S NOT JUST ONE, WE'RE PLANNING A SERIES OF PROGRAMS THAT WILL HELP ALL CREATIVES, NOT INCLUDING MUSICIANS.

SO IT'S, WE'RE JUST NOT THINKING IN SILOS, WE'RE THINKING LONG-TERM SO SOMETHING IMMEDIATE, SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN WORK ON THAT ACTIVITY THAT'S IN GUIDANCE WITH THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX STATUE AND THEN TRAINING.

SO TRYING TO BE COMPREHENSIVE.

SO THEN FOR US, FOR THIS COMMISSION, UM, SO I'M SPEAKING TO ALL OF THE, MY FELLOW COMMISSIONERS.

NOW.

IT SOUNDS LIKE WE, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT WE'LL HAVE TO MAKE DECISIONS ON.

SO ONE IS THE, THE GUIDELINES, LIKE HOW DO WE FEEL ABOUT THEM? OKAY.

SO MAYBE ACTUALLY THERE'S THREE THINGS.

SO ONE IS THE GUIDELINES.

HOW DO WE, AS A COMMISSION FEEL ABOUT THOSE AND WE SEE THEM, WHAT, WHAT FEEDBACK DO WE HAVE SECOND? HOW DO WE, UM, SWIFTLY AND EFFECTIVELY, AND IN A VERY WIDESPREAD

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WAY, GET FEEDBACK FROM THE MUSIC COMMUNITY.

UM, SO THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, WE, WE DO THE DUE DILIGENCE OF COMMUNICATING TO THE COMMUNITY AND GETTING THE FEEDBACK IS DONE, BUT WE ARE NOT HOLDING THINGS UP BECAUSE IT'S IT'S DIRE, BUT WE DON'T WANT TO LEAVE PEOPLE OUT OF THAT PROCESS.

SO I THINK WE ALL, UM, I WAS AT AN ATX M SISTERHOOD MEETING THIS THIS WEEKEND AND WAS ASKING, YOU KNOW, HOW, HOW CAN THE MUSIC COMMUNITY HELP US GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT GETTING FEEDBACK ON IMPORTANT FUNDING MEASURES? SO, UM, THEN, THEN THE THIRD THING THAT WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT AS A COMMISSION, THERE MAY BE MORE, BUT THIS IS THE THREE IN MY HEAD, UH, IS AS THIS ISSUE OF THIRD PARTY ADMINISTRATION VERSUS A CITY ADMINISTRATION IS STILL, NOBODY HAS POINTED OUT THERE'S, UM, THERE MAY BE MORE COSTS ASSOCIATED USING A THIRD-PARTY ADMINISTRATOR, UM, SPECIFICALLY FOR THE LIVE MUSIC FUND WHERE THERE MAY BE OTHER FUNDS COMING IN OR HOPE THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE FROM THE, UH, AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN.

DID THOSE GO TO A DIFFERENT PLACE TO THOSE BE THIRD PARTY ADMINISTERED IN ORDER TO, TO GROW THEM? UM, AGAIN, I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THESE QUESTIONS, BUT I THINK IT'S SOMETHING FOR US TO ALL THINK ABOUT.

AND YEAH, SO THAT'S ALL I'LL SAY.

I JUST WANTED TO THROW THOSE QUESTIONS OUT TO MY FELLOW COMMISSIONERS AND, UH, FIND OUT WHERE YOUR THOUGHTS ARE ON THOSE.

AND IF I CAN, WE HEARD COUNSEL LOUD AND CLEAR ABOUT A SWIFT DEPLOYMENT OF THOSE FUNDS.

AND SO ALL OF OUR COBOT FUNDING PROGRAMS WERE DONE VIA A THIRD PARTY, BUT I JUST WANT TO BE MINDFUL THAT IT COSTS IF THERE WAS A COST TO THAT.

I JUST HAD ONE QUESTION ABOUT THE, THE DEFINITION OF WHAT IS SUPPORTING TOURISM IN THE, IN THE USE OF THE HOP FUNDS.

AND, UM, I UNDERSTAND THE SORT OF CAUTIOUS OR NARROW DEFINITION YOU'RE USING, BUT I'M JUST WONDERING IF THERE IS NOT, UH, A PRETTY CLEAR LEGAL ARGUMENT THAT SUPPORTING MUSICIANS WITH EMERGENCY FUNDING, HELPING MUSICIANS WITH RENT, IS IT SUPPORT TOURISM KNOWING THAT THE BRAND OF AUSTIN'S TOURISM EFFORTS IS RESTS HEAVILY ON MUSIC FROM THE GUITARS AT THE AIRPORT TO THE LIVE MUSIC SLOGAN, AND THAT, UH, AUSTIN REGULARLY HELPS WITH LIKE SAY THE SOCCER STADIUM WITH THE LEASE WITH, WITH CENTRAL REDUCING THE COST OF STAYING IN AUSTIN AND LIVING IN AUSTIN.

I'M HAVING A PLACE HERE.

AND, UH, AND, AND HOW HAS, HOW HAS SUPPORTING MUSICIANS STAYING IN AUSTIN AND PREVENTING AN EXODUS AND MUSICIANS NOT SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE TOURISM HERE IN AUSTIN? THANK YOU RAM.

AND WE HAVE HAD EXTENSIVE CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR LEGAL DEPARTMENT.

IT IS NOT LOST ON US BECAUSE WE'VE HEARD THAT BEFORE, BUT, UM, AND WE CAN POSE THAT QUESTION AGAIN, BUT THE GUIDELINES, THE WAY THEY'RE CURRENTLY DRAFTED, UH, DOESN'T PUSH THE BOUNDARIES OF THE LAW QUITE THERE YET.

OKAY.

UM, IS THAT SOMETHING WE WOULD APPROACH THE LAW DEPARTMENT, OR HOW DOES THAT WORK TO SEE IN SUCH AN UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCE, IF THIS IS THE TIME TO BROADEN OUR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT SUPPORTING TOURISM MEANS? SO THAT IS A QUESTION ACROSS ALL THREE DIVISIONS THAT I'M CONTINUALLY HAVING THAT CONVERSATION.

AND I WILL HAVE IT AGAIN BEFORE I BRING BACK THE GUIDELINES.

SO IT'S NOT JUST THE MUSIC IT'S, IT'S, I HAVE IT ACROSS THE THREE DIVISIONS.

THEY DEFINITELY SEE WHAT YOU SEE.

AND SO I WILL HAVE THAT CONVERSATION AGAIN.

OKAY.

THAT MAKES SENSE.

AND I APPRECIATE IT.

AND I KNOW, I KNOW YOU SEE IT TOO, SO IT'S NOT, I WASN'T PRETENDING TO TELL YOU WHAT YOU DID KNOW, BUT I'M JUST CURIOUS FOR THE SORT OF PUBLIC CONVERSATION WHY, WHY THAT IS NOT CONSIDERED SUPPORTING TOWARDS THEM.

SO THANK YOU.

NO PROBLEM.

I ALSO, UM, THINK THEY'RE PART OF THE CONVERSATION TOO, AND I, YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHY THIS SPACE IS A POOR AND IT'S, UM, WE ALSO HAVE TO THINK LONG, LONG, SHORT AND LONGTERM, YOU KNOW, SO I THINK, UM, YOU KNOW, THE ARP FUNDING, UM, BEING SPECIFICALLY FOR THAT IS LIKE REALLY IMPORTANT AND ALSO A LOT MUSIC FOND ABOUT DEVELOPING AND LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE.

THAT'S KIND OF HOW I PERSONALLY SAID, AND I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT IT, BUT, UM, UM, THAT'S IN MY MIND, I THINK THOSE ARE THE, THAT'S THE TWO DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THOSE THINGS.

I HEAR THE ARGUMENT ABOUT, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE NEED MONEY NOW AND I, I AGREE WITH THAT, BUT I THINK WE SHOULD, YOU KNOW, TRY, TRY TO THINK

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IN TERMS OF INNOVATION AND TRY TO THINK, TO THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE WITH THE LINE MUSIC FUND, AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND NOT GET INTO, UM, KIND OF THE SURVIVAL MODE AND TRY TO FIND THE FUNDS THAT HAVE FEDERALLY COMING IN FOR THAT AND TO USE THAT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

AND, AND, UM, YOU KNOW, MY POSITION IS THAT WE SHOULD TRY TO USE A LOT OF MUSIC FUND FOR, YOU KNOW, BUILDING A FOUNDATION FORWARD FOR THE INNOVATION AND FOR THE FUTURE.

SO THAT THAT'S JUST, UM, UH, AND THIS IS A GREAT DISCUSSION AND I WANT TO KEEP HAVING THIS DISCUSSION BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT.

NO, THAT'S GREAT.

AND THAT MAKES SENSE.

I JUST WANT, I WOULD LOVE TO BROADEN THE DEFINITION OF WHITE, BLACK MUSIC FUND CAN BE USED FOR, REGARDLESS OF SHORT-TERM OR LONG-TERM SO THAT OUR LONG-TERM PLANS CAN INCORPORATE A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING WHAT MUSIC MEANS TO AUSTIN, HOW WE CAN USE THOSE SPOTS.

GOTCHA.

DOES ANY MORE DISCUSSION ON, UH, ON THERE? I HAVE, I HAVE ANOTHER QUICK QUESTION.

AND HONESTLY, LIKE, I FEEL LIKE WE COULD TALK ABOUT THIS FOR 10 HOURS.

LIKE THERE'S SO MUCH TO COVER HERE ON LIVE MUSIC, BUT I WON'T MAKE US STAY FOR 10 HOURS, BUT, UH, SO LET ME GET, YOU WERE, YOU TOUCHED ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND, AND THAT'S, YOU SAID THAT'S AN UMBRELLA INITIATIVE ACROSS, UM, ARTS AND MUSIC.

CAN YOU, CAN YOU TELL US ANY MORE ABOUT WHAT, WHAT THAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE? AND WE ARE STILL WORKING OUT THOSE DETAILS THROUGH OUR, BUT WE UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS A COMPONENT THAT IS ALSO NEEDED.

AND SO WE JUST HIRED A NEW WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, UM, STAFF MEMBER.

AND SO, UH, EDD HAS COMMITTED TO SEE HOW TO EXPAND THAT.

BUT AGAIN, UM, UM, OR ME IT'S, SO MUSICIANS, IN TERMS OF TECH, HOW DO YOU PARTNER, HOW DO YOU SCORE ON A GAME? ALL OF THAT COULD ENCOMPASS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.

AND I KNOW ERIC HAS BEEN DOING SOME RESEARCH, BUT ALL OF THOSE COMPONENTS WE'RE LOOKING FOR, SO WE'RE NOT TRYING TO LIMIT OURSELVES.

UM, AND AS SOON AS WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION, WE CAN COME BACK, UM, TO YOU ABOUT THAT.

BUT AGAIN, IT'S, IT'S A LONG-TERM.

UH, AND SO THOSE ARE THE MODULES THAT WE ARE ACTUALLY LOOKING TO DEVELOP TO SUSTAIN THE INDUSTRY LONG-TERM.

AND SO WE HAVE, WE HAVE THE HOT FUNDS AND I'M JUST LOOKING AT THE MATH PROBLEM OF IT NOW.

SO WE HAVE THE HOT FUNDS.

WE HAVE THE 5 MILLION A YEAR THAT WAS APPROVED BY ITEM 60.

AND AS THAT WAS INITIALLY WRITTEN, THAT WAS SORT OF, IT WAS FAIRLY SPECIFIC ABOUT USING AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN SIGNS, BUT THEN WHEN IT WAS REDLINED, UH, THE FUNDING SOURCES I THINK, WERE PULLED OUT OF THAT.

UH, I THINK MORE LAUREN POINTED THAT OUT TO ME.

SO I CAN'T TAKE CREDIT FOR NOTICING THAT, BUT THE ALARM POINTED THAT OUT TO ME.

SO, UM, DO YOU, CAN YOU ALL GIVE US ANY INSIGHT ABOUT WHERE, WHERE THAT MONEY IS COMING FROM? IS THAT, IS IT SEPARATE FROM THE HOT FUNDS COMING IN? SO ACCORDING TO THE, UH, RESOLUTION, UM, WE'RE TRYING TO GET UP TO THE RECOMMENDED NUMBER.

AND SO IT MAY NOT BE JUST ARPA.

IT COULD BE HOT, IT COULD BE SOME OTHER SOURCES.

AND SO WHAT WE KNOW FOR CERTAIN TODAY IS THAT WE HAVE PRESENTED AN, OUR FRAMEWORK.

WHAT WE ALSO KNOW IS THAT WE HAVE PRESENTED THE LAB MUSIC FUN, WHAT HAS BEEN CAPTURED OR COLLECTED ACTUAL THROUGH LAST YEAR AND THE PROJECTIONS.

WE'RE STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE CAN GET UP TO AND WHAT OTHER FUNDING SOURCES.

SO WE HAVE BEEN RESEARCHING THAT, AND WE HAVEN'T QUITE LANDED ON WHAT THAT COULD BE, BUT TWO FUNDING SOURCES THAT WE ARE WORKING ON FOR CERTAIN IT'S THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN.

WE AREN'T QUITE SURE OF THE DOLLAR BECAUSE COUNCIL HASN'T APPROVED IT, BUT WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT SOME FUNDS WILL COME FROM THERE.

THEN WE KNOW THE HOT NUMBER.

AND WHEN WE COME BACK FOR THE LIVE MUSIC FUND, I'LL BRING AGAIN THE FUND SUMMARY SO THAT YOU CAN MAKE A RECOMMENDATION.

YOU KNOW, WE RECOMMEND IT ONLY A MILLION, YOU KNOW, THAT THERE'S SOME MORE SITTING IN THE FUND BALANCE.

AND SO WHEN WE COME BACK, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT WE HAVE ONE MEETING JUST ONLINE MUSIC FUND.

SO YOU CAN TAKE A LOOK AT, IS THE MILLION A GOOD NUMBER? WOULD YOU WANT TO PUT MORE, BUT REMEMBER NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET, THE REVENUE IS BASED ON AN ESTIMATE.

AND THAT'S ALWAYS, THE CHALLENGE IS WHEN THE BUDGET IS APPROVED, IT'S AN ESTIMATE AND

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SAY SOMETHING ELSE HAPPENS AND WE DON'T COLLECT.

AND THEN WE ENTER INTO ALL THESE CONTRACTS FOR THIS ONE CONTRACT, OR MAYBE NOT.

SO YOU JUST KIND OF WANT TO HAVE ALL OF THAT IN MIND WHEN WE COME BACK.

SO IT WAS OUR RECOMMENDATION THAT WE BE CAUTIOUS, BUT THE COMMISSION MAY SAY, HEY, WE WANT TO RECOMMEND THIS.

AND THEN WE WORK TOGETHER ON THE BEST, UM, WAY FORWARD, JUST BASED ON HISTORICAL AND THINGS THAT WE DONE DEALING WITH THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX.

IF THAT MAKES SENSE, WHAT I'M SAYING, YOU JUST WANT TO, YOU JUST WANT TO BE CAREFUL BECAUSE AGAIN, IT'S AN ESTIMATE FOR NEXT YEAR.

AND SO YOU DON'T WANT TO OVER-COMMIT, WHAT'S NOT THERE.

UM, EXACTLY.

AND I GUESS JUST WHAT I DON'T WANT TO SEE IS, UM, COUNCIL STUFF.

YEAH.

5 MILLION.

THAT SOUNDS GREAT.

AND THEN THEY WERE SAYING LIKE, OH, BUT ACTUALLY WE'RE COUNTING ALL THIS MONEY.

THAT'S ALREADY IN THE BANK FOR THE LIVE MUSIC SIGNS.

LIKE IT WAS, THAT