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OKAY, WELCOME

[CALL TO ORDER]

EVERYBODY.

THIS IS A SPECIAL CALLED MEETING OF THE AUSTIN MUSIC COMMISSION.

TODAY IS SEPTEMBER 2ND, AND WE ARE MEETING REMOTELY.

WE'RE GOING TO START TODAY WITH CITIZENS COMMUNICATION, BUT FIRST OFF I WOULD LIKE, UM, TO TAKE A MOMENT AND RECOGNIZE THE PASSING OF JOHNNY LAMONE.

JOHNNY ACTUALLY SPOKE TO US AT THE LAST MUSIC COMMISSION MEETING, LONG TIME COMMUNITY STALWART, AND A HUGE SUPPORTER OF TOWN MUSIC.

SO I JUST WANT TO GIVE A, A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO JOHNNY BEFORE WE START.

OKAY.

WE CAN GO AHEAD AND START

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WITH CITIZENS COMMUNICATION.

WE HAVE FOUR SPEAKERS SIGNED UP TODAY.

FIRST UP IS SCOTT STRICKLAND.

I'M SPEAKING ON ITEM THREE.

WELL, THIS IS CITIZENS.

SO THIS IS WHEN YOU SPEAK TOWARDS THAT.

OKAY.

UM, VERY GOOD.

UM, WHAT HAS TO BE THAT I WOULD LIKE TO, UM, ON BEHALF OF THE AUSTIN, TEXAS MUSICIANS, COMMUNITY, UM, COMMITTEE, UM, AS WE GRAPPLE WITH, IT'S A MULTIPAROUS TIME OF THIS COUNTRY, GIVEN THE RACIAL AND SOCIOECONOMIC TURMOIL WITH AN AVERAGE AGE AND DISMAL FALLOUT OF MUSIC INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE CITY OVER ARGUMENTS AND PROTESTS.

AND AS TOO MANY AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE KILLED IN OUR STREETS, PARTICULARLY HAZARDOUS WATER PROTECTED.

SO OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR PARTY, UH, OUR COMMITTEE PART ABOUT PATRICK BOOST UP RIGHT PRICE.

SO I'LL USE YOUR BAG.

I MYSELF CALL THE ATX AND REACH COMMITTEE STRIVE FOR THE CONTINUED BETTERMENT OF ALL THEIR DEGREES TO EDUCATION ENTERTAINMENT, AND THE ARTS RENOVATING THE DOORS TO THE AUDITORIUM WITH STATE OF THE ART SOUND, ACOUSTIC SOUNDPROOFING AND PROFESSIONAL LIGHTING WILL NOT ONLY SERVE AS A HUB FOR ENRICHMENT FOR THE ARTISTS OF TOMORROW, BUT ALSO ESTABLISH DOOR SMELLER AS AN OFFICIAL LIVE MUSIC VENUE IN AUSTIN, BRINGING IN TOURISTS ATTRACTIONS TO LEARN ABOUT MORE ABOUT THE STUDENTS' PAST WHILE WE CELEBRATE THE POTENTIAL OF HIS FUTURE.

NEW OPPORTUNITIES AND POSSIBILITIES ARE OPEN FOR EXPLORATION.

AS WE, AS WE BRING MUSIC VENUES AND CONCERTS TO THE POORLY REPRESENTED EAST SIDE OF AUSTIN, YOU'RE ASKING FOR A GRANT, WE HAD TO CREATE A SPACE AS BOND, NOT JUST TO GIVE CREDENCE TO THE TRADITIONAL INFLUENCE, BUT ALSO TO OPEN THE DOORS TO MORE PEOPLE OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE, SO THAT WE MAY ALL PROSPER FROM THE BENEFITS OF THIS GLORIOUS ESTABLISHMENT.

SO IT'S WOODY PARK HAS BEEN A HUB OF CREATIVITY, INSPIRATION, AND EDUCATION FOR LONGER THAN A CENTURY.

IT IS NOW TIME TO BRING ROSEWOOD PARK INTO THE 21ST CENTURY.

AND TO DO THAT, WE CAN START WITH THE DORSUM MILLER AUDITORIUM.

YOU'RE ASKING FOR A 1 MILLION GRANT TO IMPROVE THE BUILDINGS, TECHNOLOGY, TECHNOLOGICAL INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE FOLLOWING WAY, ONE PROFESSIONAL LIGHTING PACKAGE FOR THE DOORS CALL AUDITORIUM AND STAGE TWO ACOUSTIC SOUNDPROOFING OF THE GEORGE MILLER AUDITORIUM, THREE PROFESSIONAL SOUND INSTALLATION FROM THE, THE AUDITORIUM, THESE REQUESTS COMBINED WITH THE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR TRAINING AND LICENSING FOR FUTURE AND CURRENT PROFESSIONALS IN THE REALM OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR CHILDREN LOOKING FOR A BETTER TOMORROW, ALL COMMUNITIES IN AUSTIN AND SURROUNDING CITIES.

SO MENTIONED CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT AND ARTS, ALONG WITH THE COMBINED AND CONTINUED COLLABORATION OF SO MANY NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE AND WILL CONTINUE TO WIN THEIR GIFTS FOR ROSEWOOD PARK.

THIS IS SENSITIVE, NOT ONLY SERVES AS A CORE MESSAGE TO RESTORING THE CITY, BUT THE CITY COUNCIL NEEDS TO SEND A SOLID MESSAGE TO THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY THAT BLACK LIVES MATTER.

THIS INSTANCE, AS THESE INCENTIVES ARE THE BEGINNINGS OF THE GREAT MANY THINGS TO COME WITH AN EAST.

AUSTIN.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I WANT THE REST OF MY TIME, RICK, YOU ARE MUTED.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

NEXT STEP.

WE HAVE RAY PRICE.

HELLO EVERYONE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME TODAY.

UM, ALLOW ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK MY NAME AGAIN IS RAY PRICE.

I AM THE SENIOR PROGRAM DIRECTOR, ALSO THE AREA MANAGER FOR THE NONPROFIT YOUTH MUSIC ORGANIZATION FOR YOU NOTES FOR NOTE, WHICH IS LOCATED ACTUALLY IN THE DOOR OF MILLER AUDITORIUM.

UM, AND TO PIGGYBACK OFF OF WHAT WAS SCOTT STRICKLIN SAID WAS THAT, UH, NOTE FOR NOTES

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HAS BEEN HERE FOR, IN THIS LOCATION IN AUSTIN, ACTUALLY ALL THE TEXTBOOKS IN 2017.

AND SINCE THEN, WE'VE SEEN OVER 600 YOUTH COME THROUGH THIS PROGRAM, UM, TO LEARN MUSIC, FREE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING, TO LEARN MUSIC, MUSIC, LESSONS, MUSIC THEORY, PROFESSIONAL RECORDING TECHNIQUES TO ACTUALLY GO AND BOOK SHOWS, EARN MONEY FOR THEIR PERFORMANCES, ARTIST DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY.

YOU NAME IT.

THE FULL SCOPE OF THE NEW MUSIC INDUSTRY IS WHAT WE FOCUS ON INSIDE OF THAT SPACE.

THE DORY MILLER STAGE HAD BEEN HOME TO OUR YOUTH.

WE HAVE A STATE BUILT INSIDE OF THOSE FOR NOTES, BUT THE DORY MILLER AUDITORIUM STAGE HAD BEEN ALSO A HOME FOR OUR YOUTH.

IT'S ALSO BEEN A HOME FOR MANY OTHER PROGRAMS, INCLUDING THE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION, PPTA TOTALLY COLD SOUL YARD WITH THAT.

UM, I KNOW THAT IN OUR PROGRAM, WE DO A LOT OF EDUCATION ON THE HISTORIC VALUE OF THE DOOR IN THE AUDITORIUM AND THAT STAGE, THEY THERE, I'M NOT SO RESTORED THAT THE FULL COMMUNITY UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT AND HOW SIGNIFICANT IT IS, HOW MUCH HE USED TO BE AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO REVITALIZE THAT.

SO THAT'S WHAT THIS ASK IS FOR, IT'S NOT ONLY TO CREATE THE EXPERIENCE THAT WAS ONCE THERE FOR ARTISTS, THEY WERE ABLE TO PERFORM BACK IN THE FORTIES AND FIFTIES AND THE CHITLIN CIRCUIT, BUT TO CREATE THAT GRAND EXPERIENCE, TO CREATE, UM, A, AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PROGRAMMING TO BE ABLE TO COME IN AND UTILIZE THAT THING, DO PARTNERSHIPS DIFFERENT PERFORMANCES WITHOUT THE LOGISTICAL NIGHTMARE OF HAVING TO FIGURE OUT WHO'S GOING TO OPERATE THE SOUND.

WHERE'S IT GOING TO GET THE LIGHTING FROM WHO'S GOING TO RUN FRONT OF HOUSE.

WE WANT TO HAVE THAT ALL BUILT IN AS PART OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING, ESPECIALLY FOR THE YOUTH TO FEED OFF OF WHAT WE'VE ALREADY BUILT IN THAT ESTABLISHMENT WITH THE LIVE REPORTING STUDIO, TO GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO ACTUALLY EARN MONEY, LEARN ABOUT THE CAREER IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, IN THAT STATE, BY A FULLY RESTORED AND GLORIFIED, HISTORIC MUSIC VENUE AND HISTORIC PART OF THE ETHOS OF COMMUNITY.

SO WITH THAT BEING SAID AGAIN, RAY, FOR THE MILLION DOLLAR BOND, TWO FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT IN THAT SPACE, AND THAT ALSO CORRELATES WITH THE LIVE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR YOU AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO ENJOY IT'S THIS STORED VALUE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

NEXT STEP.

WE HAVE SUN.

HELLO EVERYONE.

UH, GREEN COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME'S SEAN, LET'S SAY A SONGWRITER, MUSICIAN, GUITARS, GUITAR INSTRUCTOR, AND MUSIC PRODUCER, ALONG WITH RAY PRICE AND SCOTT STRICKLAND.

I, UM, UH, MY, UM, COMMENT IN THERE'S A PRECONCEPTION THAT MUSICIAN AND ARTISTS ARE MAGICALLY APPEAR IN THIS WORLD.

WHEN IT, WHEN IT FAXED, IT TAKES 30,000 HOURS TO GAIN A LEVEL OF PROFICIENCY THAT HOLY CRAP, ALL ARTISTS NEED A PLACE TO CREATE AND GAIN KNOWLEDGE TO IMPROVE HIS SKILLS AND HISTORICAL DOORS.

MULLER ROSE WITH PARK CAMPUS OF THE EAST AUSTIN, TEXAS.

IT'S THE AGENDA OF WHAT THE CREATIVE SPACE IS BONDED BEFORE MUSIC AND CREATIVE ARTS SPACE AGENTS PROVIDING ENVIRONMENT EDUCATE, INSPIRE, NURTURE PAST CURRENT AND FUTURE ARTISTS IN THE AUSTIN, TEXAS COMMUNITY.

MY MESSAGE TODAY IS THE SUPPORT OF BRINGING IMPROVEMENTS TO THE DOORS MILLER ROADS WITH PARK CAMPUS, SPECIFICALLY CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS TO THE AUDITORIUM THAT ALSO GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER SAID EDUCATION IS KEY TO UNLOCK THE GOLDEN DOOR OF FREEDOM.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

OUR LAST SPEAKER IS ALEX HOPE.

HI THERE.

THANK YOU, AUSTIN MUSIC COMMISSIONERS, AND I APPRECIATE ALL THE TIME YOU MAKE FOR OUR MUSIC COMMUNITY HERE IN AUSTIN.

MY NAME IS ALEX AND TODAY I'M SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE LATIN MUSIC COALITION, AUSTIN.

I WANT TO START OFF BY ALSO TAKING A MOMENT TO REFLECT ON, UM, ONE OF OUR MUSIC COLLEAGUES WHO WAS AN IMPORTANT ADVOCATE FOR HUDDLE MUSIC AND AUSTIN'S LATINO CULTURE, MR. JOHNNY DAMON, UM, IN THE LAST MUSIC COMMISSION BEING MR. MORIN, JOINING US FOR AN IMPASSIONED DELIVERY OF A CALL TO ACTION FOR SUPPORT FOR LATINO MUSIC AND AUSTIN.

MR. DAMON APPEARED MANY TIMES BEFORE THE MUSIC COMMISSION AND HE WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED AS AN IMPORTANT EAST AUSTIN COMMUNITY LEADER.

TODAY.

I'M ADDRESSING YOU WITH JOHNNY AND MY MIND AND HEART.

WE'RE GONNA DO OUR BEST TO CARRY ON HIS LEGACY AND BOYS THROUGH THE LATIN MUSIC COALITION, DQ AUSTIN, AND THE MEXICAN AMERICAN MUSIC ALLIANCE TEAMS,

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CHAIR OF IT DOWN ON MUSIC HAS ALWAYS REPRESENTED IN AUSTIN.

AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

EARLIER TODAY, I JOINED MY COLLEAGUES AT THE MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER BOARD MEETING TO REQUEST $2 MILLION AND THE CREATIVE SPACE BOND AND BUILD A MUSICA, NOT THE MAT THAT NEEDS A CUP WOULD BE PART OF PHASE TWO OF THE MAC BUILD-OUT.

AND TODAY THAT RESOLUTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.

AND IN ADDITION, WE'LL SEEK INVESTMENT FROM A LOT OF MUSIC FUND AND PROPORTIONATE TO THE LATIN DEMOGRAPHIC MAKEUP IN AUSTIN, WHICH IS CURRENTLY ABOUT 40% AND GROWING LARGER AUSTIN'S MUSIC INDUSTRY CANNOT FLOURISH IN THE FUTURE WITHOUT THE INCLUSION OF A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF BLACK MUSIC STAKEHOLDERS.

I WANT TO ADD THAT WE ALSO RECOGNIZE THE RICH HERITAGE AND CULTURAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF AUSTIN'S AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY.

SO IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THE MUSIC HUB BE BUILT IN THE BLACK HISTORIC DISTRICT USING THE CREATIVE SPACE BOND.

THERE ALSO IN SUPPORT OF THE MUSICA AT THE ASIAN AMERICAN RESOURCE CENTER OR SIMILAR SIMILAR LOCATION.

UH, THE ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER DEMOGRAPHIC IS GROWING EXPONENTIALLY AND DESERVES A FOCUS AND SUPPORT FROM THE CREATIVE SPACE BOND AS WELL.

THEY ON BEHALF OF LMCA, MEXICAN AMERICAN MUSIC ALLIANCE AND EKU AUSTIN, WE'RE HERE TO HELP CREATE EQUAL ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITY IN AUSTIN FOR ALL HISTORICALLY MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES.

I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

LET ME SPEAK TODAY AND THANKS AGAIN, MUSIC CONDITIONERS FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK AND CONTINUED SUPPORT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

AND WITH THAT, THAT WILL CONCLUDE OUR ASSISTANCE COMMUNICATION.

NEXT, WE

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Approval of minutes from Special Called Meeting August 5, 2020.]

WILL GO TO APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM, WOULD BE FROM AUGUST 5TH.

IS THAT CORRECT? YEAH.

SO IF EVERYONE WANTS TO TAKE A SECOND TO LOOK OVER THE MINUTES AND THEN WE WILL SEE IF THERE'S ANY ADJUSTMENTS THAT NEED TO BE MADE I'D MOTION TO APPROVE.

DO WE HAVE A SECOND SECOND FROM COMMISSIONER MAHONEY? UH, ALL IN FAVOR, SAY AYE, OR RAISE YOUR HANDS.

ALL OPPOSED.

MINUTES ARE APPROVED.

FANTASTIC.

AND WITH THAT, WE CAN GO ON TO NEW

[2. a. Discussion and Possible Action following presentation by Kevin Chin, Asian Creatives of Greater Austin]

BUSINESS.

SO FOR NEW BUSINESS, FIRST ITEM IS TO A DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE ACTION FUND PRESENTATION BY KEVIN CHIN ASIAN CREATIVES OF GREATER AUSTIN.

SO I'D LIKE TO WELCOME THE HI RICK.

WE ACTUALLY HAVE FOUR MEMBERS REPRESENTING OUR GROUP.

WE CAN START WITH THE TAIL PAGE.

SURE.

THANKS KEVIN.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

COMMISSIONERS.

I'M THE MOST POPULAR I CHAIR THE ARTS AND CULTURE WORK GROUP FOR ASIAN AMERICAN POLITICS, LIFE MISSION, THE ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITY IN AUSTIN.

IRAN.

I'M GOING TO RECORD AS AAPI IS COMPRISED OF PEOPLE FROM 25 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES REPRESENTING MORE THAN 40 DIFFERENT ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS.

WE BRING A VERY DIVERSIFIED CULTURE.

AUSTIN, THE API COMMUNITY OWNS MORE THAN 60% OF THE HOTELS IN AUSTIN.

SO WE'RE DIRECTLY CONTRIBUTING TOWARDS MAJOR PORTION OF THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX.

FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS, API ARTISTS HAVE BEEN PERFORMING AT PROMINENT CULTURAL EVENTS, NPI ARTISTS LIKE HOLLYWOOD, GERMANY AS PERFORM ALONGSIDE WITH WILLIE NELSON AND KERRICK JOHNSON.

WE'VE BEEN FINE.

AUSTIN'S CULTURAL FABRIC FOR MANY YEARS WHILE IT'S TRUE THAT THE BANKS HAVE SUPPORTED TRADITIONAL ARTS AND CULTURE IN THE PAST.

BUT API MAGICIAN, I STILL NOT HAVE SEEN AS A PART OF THE COMMERCIAL AND MAINSTREAM MUSIC LANDSCAPE.

THE API COMMUNITY MAKES UP AROUND 8% OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S POPULATION.

AND WE ARE INCREASING AT A VERY RAPID PACE, ALMOST DOUBLING FOR EVERY 12 YEARS.

INITIAL GOAL IS TO YOUR FUNDS VIA A MUSIC HUB AS PROVIDED FOR BY THE AUSTIN MUSIC AND CREATIVE ECOSYSTEM.

THE RELIGION COMMUNITY TAKES PRIDE IN WORKING COLLABORATIVELY AND CELEBRATING THE DIVERSITY.

OUR HOPE IS THAT API ARTISTS WILL HAVE EQUITABLE ACCESS TO OFTEN STAGES AND RESOURCES.

WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD

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TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH AND BUILDING NEW RELATIONSHIPS WITH ARTISTS FROM ALL OF AUSTIN MUSIC COMMUNITIES, A MORE DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE ECOSYSTEM IN OUR BEAUTIFUL CITY.

WE'VE MADE IT HOME.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK WITH YOU TODAY.

HELLO, THIS IS BETTY SUE.

I WILL PICK UP I'M MAX.

I'M A FULL TIME.

AUSTIN MUSICIAN.

I'VE BEEN TOURING FOR OVER 15 YEARS, BOTH WITH MY OWN PROJECTS AND WITH OTHER BANDS, YOU KNOW, ANYWHERE I GO IN THE WORLD, WHETHER I'M IN A CLUB IN AMSTERDAM FESTIVAL, IN SWITZERLAND THEATER IN LA SEPARATE CLUB IN CANADA, UM, BEING A MUSICIAN FROM AUSTIN MEANS SOMETHING TO PEOPLE.

I'VE HAD PEOPLE COME OUT TO SEE ME PERFORM BASED ON THE FACT THAT THEY KNOW I'VE BEEN ON TOUR WITH ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO OR JAMES MCMURTRY AND SEEING IT FAMOUS OFTEN VENUES THAT THEY KNOW LIKE THE NATIONAL CLUB OR THE CACTUS CAFE.

AND WE ALL KNOW THAT THE REPUTATION OF AUSTIN'S LIVE MUSIC SCENE IS ICONIC.

AN EXCEPTION TO THAT RULE IS OFTEN AMONG ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITIES ALL REFER TO AS API FANS AND MUSICIANS THAT I MAKE AND MEET EVERYWHERE I TOUR.

UM, RIGHT NOW WE HAVE A REALLY OPPORTUNITY TO ELEVATE THE PROFILE OF A KPI MUSICIANS IN OUR HOMETOWN SO THAT THE TALENT THAT'S DEVELOPING HERE FEELS FULLY WELCOMED AND INCLUDED IN THE FABRIC OF OUR COMMERCIAL MUSIC SCENE.

WE DON'T WANT AUSTIN'S AAPI ARTISTS TO FEEL THAT THEY HAVE TO LEAVE TO MAKE A NAME FOR THEMSELVES.

AND WE ALSO WANT TO ATTRACT COLLABORATION FROM THE MOST INFLUENTIAL MUSIC MAKERS IN THE INDUSTRY TODAY.

WE WANT THOSE MAJOR PLAYERS IN THE BUSINESS.

IT'S WHAT AUSTIN HAS TO OFFER.

AND FOR OUR HOMEGROWN TALENT BUILD INTO THE FULLNESS OF THEIR CAREERS BY STAYING RIGHT HERE AND YOUR PRE LATER PLAYERS LIKE THE ONE CONTENTION.

SO ON IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST HIT SONGWRITERS IN THE WORLD.

HE'S WRITTEN SONGS FOR EVERYONE FROM ARIANA GRANDE'S TO BRITTANY SPEARS, TO ONE DIRECTION.

AND HE'S ACTUALLY A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF ONE OF AUSTIN'S HOMEGROWN TALENTS, BUT HE DIDN'T GET THE ATTENTION WHILE HE LIVED HERE.

AND IT EXPLODED ONLY AFTER HE LEFT.

HEY, GA WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE CITY'S RESOURCES DIRECTED TOWARD THIS SPECIAL NETWORK OF MUSIC, LEVERS AND CREATORS.

WE WANT PEOPLE EVERYWHERE, WHETHER THEY'RE THOSE MUSIC, LEVERS, MUSIC, MAKERS, INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS, EVERYONE TO KNOW THAT WHEN THEY COME TO AUSTIN, THEY WILL SEE AAPI MUSICIANS ON OUR STAGES.

WE WANT THEM TO SEE THAT INCLUSIVITY AND EQUITY ARE VALUES THAT THE OFTEN MUSIC INFRASTRUCTURE BELIEVES IN AND SUPPORTS.

AND FOR THE NEXT GENERATION, WE WANT THEM TO KNOW THAT THE CITY SUPPORTS THE MUSICAL AMBITIONS OF BLACK AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF COLOR, LATIN X AND AAPI COMMUNITY MEMBERS, AND BELIEVES THAT THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO CREATE AND THRIVE RIGHT HERE IN AUSTIN.

I'M GOING TO HAND THIS OFF TO NAVALI MEDITERRA HELLO.

THANK YOU, BETTY.

THANK YOU COMMISSIONERS FOR THE TIME AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK HERE TODAY.

UM, UH, NOT THE VALLEY, MAYBE CHARLA AND INDIAN AMERICAN MUSICIAN WHO HAS CALLED OFTEN HOME FOR 20 YEARS.

I LEAD MULTIPLE PROJECTS AS A SINGLE COMPOSER AND HAVE COLLABORATED THE BOSTON MUSICIANS, SUCH AS THE LIES OF LOCATION, DON HARVEY, OLIVER, RATCHET MONEY, HLA HOME, WHICH CAN SEND PATRICE PIKE AMONGST OTHERS.

EVEN THOUGH I WRITE SONGS IN ENGLISH, MUSICIANS LIKE ME ARE PIGEONHOLED AS WELL.

MUSIC ARTISTS, A DESCRIPTION THAT AUTOMATICALLY LIMITS OPPORTUNITIES ON MAINSTREAM STAGES.

SIMILARLY, API ARTISTS ARE OFTEN SIDELINED AS OTHER, BOTH IN AUSTIN AND THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AT LARGE IS CGA SUPPORTS THE CREATION OF A MUSIC HUB TO EDUCATE AND CONNECT CURRENT AND FUTURE API ARTISTS TO THE COMMERCIAL MUSIC SCENE, ALL COMMUNITIES AND ESPECIALLY MINORITY COMMUNITIES NEED PHYSICAL SPACES TO REMOVE STRUCTURE, VALUES, INCLUSION, AND TO FOSTER A SENSE OF BELONGING.

WE NEED A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN WALK IN WITHOUT HESITATION, BUT THEY WON'T BE TREATED AS FOREIGNERS, A PLACE WHERE THEY HAVE AN UNEQUALLY VOCAL SENSE OF CREATIVE CITIZENSHIP.

WHEN I STARTED OVER A, YET OVER A DECADE AGO, I FELT LIKE A LONE WARRIOR WITH NO KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE MUSIC BUSINESS.

THE MUSIC SCENE HERE WAS FOREIGN TO ME.

SO A MUSIC HUB COULD OFFER MUSIC, PRODUCTION EDUCATION, THE HEALTH SHIELD SPACES, LIGHTSTREAM AND RECORDING STUDIOS AND PERFORMANCE VENUES, AS WELL AS A PLACE TO FOSTER CROSS GENRE AND CROSS CULTURAL COLLABORATION BETWEEN TRADITIONAL MUSICIANS AND PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS OUTSIDE THE AA COMMUNITY.

IT COULD ALSO INCLUDE OFFICES FOR OFFICE TO CONSULT

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WITH INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS, SUCH AS ENTERTAINMENT, ATTORNEYS, LABELS, MUSIC, SUPERVISOR, FISH.

IT WOULD BE A MASSIVE SPRITE FOR THE AAPI COMMUNITY TO INVITE OTHER ARTISTS COMMUNITIES IN AUSTIN TO COLLABORATE.

BUT THEN YOU CAN SERVE TO INTRODUCE THE LARGE AAPI DIASPORA TO AUSTIN'S MAINSTREAM MUSIC COMMUNITY ECG INSPIRES OFTEN TO BUILD ITS REPUTATION AS A PLACE WHERE AAPI MUSICIANS PERFORM ON MAIN STAGES.

PREDESTINATION TOURISTS FROM ALL CULTURES CAN SEE A WIDER WAY OF NEW MUSIC.

READ THE BOOKS, TALENT, INCLUSIVITY, AND EQUITY ARE OBVIOUS GUIDING VALUES IN THE AUSTIN MUSIC SCENE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

I WILL HAND IT OVER TO HELLO OFF THE MUSIC COMMISSION BOARD MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS KEVIN SHIN, AND I THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR TIME.

WE APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT YOU TODAY.

I QUIT MY CORPORATE DAY JOB MOVED TO AUSTIN FROM CHICAGO EIGHT YEARS AGO AND BEGAN MY CREATIVE JOURNEY AS A FULL TIME MUSICIAN, AUDIO ENGINEER, MUSIC PRODUCER, AND RECENTLY A FILMMAKER.

MY FIRST GIG IN AUSTIN WITH THE SCORE MUSIC FOR THREE PART KLR DOCUMENTARY SERIES CALLED PIONEERS FROM THE EAST THAT EXPLORE THE JOURNEY WITH CHINESE FAMILIES TO INTEGRATE IT TO CURRENT DAY, TEXAS.

SOME SUDDENLY WHEN THE AREA WAS STILL PART OF MEXICO, WE HAVE ALL WITNESSED OUR BELOVED CITY EXPERIENCE, UNPRECEDENTED ECONOMIC GROWTH, AND THEY ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THE AAPI COMMUNITY HAS CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND MODERNIZATION OF OUR CITY.

HOWEVER, WHEN MINORITIES BLACK REPRESENTATION IN CREATIVE FIELDS, THEY FEEL DISCOURAGED FROM PURSUING ARTISTIC CAREERS.

IT IS CRITICAL THAT THESE FAMILIES HOMETOWN OFFER THEIR CHILDREN ACCESS TO AUSTIN'S MOST DEFINING CREATIVE ELEMENTS, OUR VIBRANT AND UNIQUE MUSIC SCENE.

FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE ICONIC RED RIVER CULTURAL DISTRICT, THERE'S ONLY ONE VENUE WITH AN OWNER FROM AN AAPI BACKGROUND.

WE WANT THE CITY OF AUSTIN TO EMBRACE THE DIVERSITY OF ITS MUSIC COMMUNITIES.

APGA PLANTS TO CONTRIBUTE BY BRINGING CULTURES TOGETHER, TO CELEBRATE THEIR UNIFIED STRENGTH BY MEANS OF CURATED MULTICULTURAL SHOWS AND OTHER COLLABORATIVE OPPORTUNITIES.

WE ALSO WANT TO INTRODUCE ARTISTS TO PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES.

FOR EXAMPLE, WE HAVE IN OUR LEADERSHIP ON MUSIC SINK AND MY LICENSING PROFESSIONAL, WHO HAS WORKED WITH MAJOR PLAYERS LIKE UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP, AND WHO HAS EXPERIENCED OF SONGWRITING CAMPS THAT ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION FROM AFRICAN-AMERICAN LATIN X AND API MUSICIANS.

I LOVE TO END WITH A SHORT VIDEO IN WHICH SOME OF OUR OFTEN SOME OF AUSTIN'S AAPI ARTISTS REFLECT UPON THEIR EXPERIENCES AND SPEAK TO THE SHARED ASPIRATIONS OF ACG.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

DID YOU KNOW THAT ASIANS AND SOUTH ASIANS REPRESENT THE FASTEST GROWING DEMOGRAPHIC IN AUSTIN DOUBLING EVERY 12 YEARS, WE MAKE UP 8% OF OUR CITY'S GROWING POPULATION.

A RECENT STUDY FOUND THAT ONLY A FRACTION OF A PERSON OF RECENTLY SIGNED MUSIC, ARTISTS THAT HAVE CHARTED ON BILLBOARD IDENTIFIED AS ASIAN AMERICAN, ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER OR SOUTH ASIAN CREATIVES OFTEN GET SIDELINED.

AND IT'S NOT USUALLY THROUGH MALICE OR DISINTEREST SO MUCH AS JUST THE LACK OF AWARENESS.

AND I THINK A LACK OF RESOURCES BECAUSE THERE HASN'T BEEN A LOT OF ADVOCACY CAUSE THERE HAVEN'T BEEN PREVIOUS GENERATIONS TO BUILD THAT BASE.

THE MISSION OF ASIAN CREATIVES OF GREATER AUSTIN ACG IS TO ELEVATE ADVOCATE FOR, AND PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER AND SOUTH ASIAN CREATIVE COMMUNITY IN AUSTIN, TEXAS THROUGH EDUCATION, RESOURCES, COLLABORATION, AND THE CELEBRATION OF MULTICULTURALISM LIVING INTO AUSTIN, TEXAS.

I'VE ALSO HAD THE HONOR TO WORK WITH SUCH GREAT NAMES AS A WILLIE NELSON, ERIC JOHNSON.

THESE ARE SOME OF THE GREAT, AMAZING ARTISTS I'VE BEEN ABLE TO COLLABORATE AND CREATE A HYBRID SOUND AND COMING TO AUSTIN.

THIS IS WHERE I BUILT EASTERN SOUL MUSIC.

I HAVE INCORPORATED WITH LATIN ARTISTS WITH JAZZ MUSICIANS, WITH MIDDLE EASTERN MUSICIANS, WITH HIP HOP ARTISTS.

AND THAT IS, THAT IS THE BEAUTY OF BEING HERE IN AUSTIN, TEXAS.

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AWESOME.

KEVIN, ARE YOU STILL ON THE LINE? YES, WE ARE.

COOL.

JUST WANTED TO SEE IF ANYWHERE ON THE COMMISSION HAD ANY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP.

IS THERE DOCUMENTATION OF A SPECIFIC ASK OR THAT IS BEEN PUT FORWARD? IS THERE A QUESTION DIRECTED TOWARDS ANY SPECIFIC MEMBER? UH, NO, NO.

UM, SINCE WE PUT A POSSIBLE ACTION, I WAS JUST CURIOUS IF THERE WAS A POSSIBLE ACTION THAT WAS BEING REQUESTED OR IT'S MORE AWARENESS INTRODUCTION, UH, UH, KIND OF AGENDA ITEM.

I'M SORRY.

CAN YOU REPEAT THE QUESTION? IT'S DIFFICULT TO HEAR YOU.

OH, SORRY.

UH, I'M JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT IF THERE WAS A SPECIFIC ACTION YOU WERE ASKING THE COMMISSION TO TAKE, AND IF THERE ARE, UH, OR IT'S MORE AN INTRODUCTION TO YOUR ORGANIZATION, WHAT WE ARE ASKING THAT THIS MOMENT IS A SEAT AT THE TABLE TO OPEN UP FURTHER CONVERSATION OPPORTUNITIES TO ACCESS THE CREATIVE SPACE ON BEHALF OF APGA REPRESENTING THE API COMMUNITY.

WE ARE, WE ARE STILL GATHERING INPUT FROM OUR COMMUNITY TO FORMULATE A PROPOSAL THAT WE WILL SUBMIT WITH, UM, DETAILS THAT WOULD BEST SERVE OUR VERY DIVERSE COMMUNITY, UM, FOR THE CREATION OF A MUSIC HUB THAT WAS SUBURBS THAT WOULD SERVE THEIR SPECIFIC NEEDS.

THANKS FOR THE CLARIFICATION.

UM, I THINK WE ALSO HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND THAT AT THIS POINT, YOU KNOW, WE HAD THE WORKING GROUP WITH THE ARTS COMMISSION AND WE MADE OUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR WHAT THE PROCESS FOR VETTING THESE PROPOSALS WOULD BE LIKE.

UM, SO, YOU KNOW, AT THIS POINT, I DON'T KNOW THAT IT'S A COMMISSIONER'S PLACE TO CHAMPION ANY ONE ASK OVER ANOTHER, UM, JUST BECAUSE THAT PROCESS IS, IS, IS BEING DEVELOPED AND WE WON'T BE ACTUALLY MAKING THE COUNCIL AT THAT POINT.

IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING, YOU KNOW, THAT THAT WOULD BE VERY SIMILAR TO, UM, SORT OF LIKE THE PROCESS FOR THE EMERGENCY RELIEF THAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON, WHERE THERE WOULD BE A THIRD PARTY THAT VETS THE PROPOSALS AND THEN MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS THEN TO COUNCIL.

AND SO I JUST THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO MAKE THAT DISTINCTION.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ON THE CIDER? I JUST LIKE TO ASK, UH, HOW ARE THINGS I KNOW TIMES ARE TOUGH FOR ALL MUSICIANS EVERYWHERE TIMES ARE TOUGH FOR ALL PEOPLE EVERYWHERE, ESPECIALLY MUSICIANS.

ARE THERE ANY PARTICULAR CHALLENGES THAT THE ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER MUSICIAN COMMUNITY ARE FACING DURING THESE TIMES OF CRISIS? WELL, YEAH, SORRY.

THIS IS SUIT, YOU KNOW, HISTORICALLY ASIAN AMERICANS, THE BINDERS HAVE BEEN A SIDELINE IN THE U S MUSIC INDUSTRY AND, YOU KNOW, IN THE, IN THE CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES WHILE IT CHANGES A LOT OF THINGS, IT DOESN'T CHANGE THAT.

AND THE API THAT COMMUNITY HAS NEVER BEEN A FOCUS FOR FUNDING IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND, UM, WE ARE FULLY IN FAVOR OF, AND WE JOINED AN ADVOCATING FOR INCREASED FUNDING AND ACCESS FOR BLACK AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF COLOR AND LATIN X CREATIVE.

WE TOTALLY STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THOSE COMMUNITIES AND SUPPORT THEIR CAUSE.

UM, WE WOULD JUST LIKE A SEAT AT THE TABLE AND BE ALLOWED TO HELP ENVISION HOW FREQUENCY CAN BE APPLIED.

THANK YOU.

GREAT.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS

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JUST WANT TO LET FOLKS KNOW THAT THERE IS A SCHEDULED JOINT ARTS AND MUSIC COMMISSION ON SEPTEMBER 11TH AT 10:00 AM.

I RECOMMEND NOT ONLY THE ASIAN CREATIVES OF GREATER ESSEN, BUT ANYONE WHO IS REALLY INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR THE, UH, $12 MILLION CREATIVE SPACE BOND TO ATTEND AND SPEAK AT THAT TIME.

THANKS DOUG.

GREAT REMINDER.

ANYONE ELSE? WELL, FANTASTIC.

WELL, THANK YOU, KEVIN AND GROUP FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

UM, AND, AND CONGRATULATIONS ON FORMATION OF NEW GROUPS WITH THAT, WE WILL GO TO, UH, THE NEXT AGENDA, ALL BUSINESS THREE, A, UH, DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE ACTION FOLLOWING PRESENTATION.

MY MARJORIE'S OF NGR PARTNERS, THE ROLES AND GOALS FOR THE MUSIC COMMISSION, LIVE MUSIC WORKING GROUP IN CITY STAFF, BLACK LIVES, MUSIC AND COMPREHENSIVE EQUITY PLAN PREPARE AND ADDRESS HISTORIC NEGLECT WITHIN THE OSTEO MUSIC INDUSTRY TOWARDS THE BLACK COMMUNITY IS MARCH US TODAY, WHOEVER IT'S LISTING.

UH, THERE'S TWO B TO B TO B ON THE, SORRY, MY MISTAKE, MY MISTAKE.

UH, LET'S BACK THAT UP THEN.

UH, LET'S GO TO TWO B

[2. b. Discussion and Possible Action of the African-American Cultural Heritage District and the Kenny Dorham Center Proposal.]

MY APOLOGIES AGAIN, UH, DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL HERITAGE DISTRICT AND THE KENNY DORM CENTER PROPOSAL.

UM, I KNOW GRAHAM, YOU ARE WANTING THIS ON THE AGENDA.

UM, IF YOU WANT TO, ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR YOU WANT TO DISCUSS RIGHT BEFORE THE MEETING, WE GOT SOME INFORMATION CLARIFYING FROM HAROLD, WHAT HE WAS ASKING FOR.

UM, SO I'M CURIOUS WHAT FOLKS THOUGHTS ARE ON HIS PROPOSALS.

UM, AND I REALIZE YOU WERE TYING UP THE LETTING THE PROCESS PLAY OUT FOR THIS SPECIFIC ASK FOR THE BOND.

NOT EVERYTHING IS THINGS SPECIFICALLY ABOUT, UH, THE BOND.

UH, UH, I THINK THERE WAS A LACK OF CLARITY AT THE END OF THE LAST TIME WE TALKED ABOUT HAROLD'S PROPOSALS, UM, AND MAYBE IT'S PART OF AN ONGOING DISCUSSION, BUT, UH, ANYWAY, GETTING WHAT PEOPLE THOUGHT OF WHAT YOU SENT US TODAY, OR IF YOU'VE HAD A CHANCE TO TAKE A LOOK, OKAY.

I HAVE A CHANCE TO LOOK AT, UM, A FEW MINUTES BEFORE THE MEETING.

IF I HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO LOOK AT IT AS ANYONE IN THAT AREA, IT IS SIMILAR.

IT'S A, IT'S A SORT OF SUMMARIZATION OF WHAT HE HAD SENT BEFORE THE LAST TIME HE HAD SPOKEN.

SO IT'S, I DON'T, THE CONTENT MAY HAVE EVOLVED SLIGHTLY, UH, IN TERMS OF HE HAS SOME COME JERRY ON THIS, NOT BEING IN COMPETITION WITH THE OTHER PROPOSALS THAT ARE OUT THERE AND THEN, UH, AS OPPOSED TO BEING INCLUSIVE OF THEM AND IT, UH, AND SO, BUT OTHER THAN THAT, IT'S SIMILAR IN CONTENT TO WHAT YOU'D SEEN THE LAST TIME.

THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOU DO HAVE AN, A THOUGHT ON WHETHER WE SHOULD RECOMMEND IT OR NOT, BUT, UH, BUT IF YOU HAD LOOKED THE LAST TIME, IT'S SIMILAR, I'M HAPPY TO SPEAK TO IT.

I AM HERE.

GO AHEAD AND HEROINE PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR AN OPPORTUNITY.

UM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I'M AWARE OF THAT YOU ARE ALL AWARE OF IS THAT THE LANGUAGE FOR CITY RESOLUTION IS CUMBERSOME AND IT'S REALLY TEXT HEAVY.

AND I SPENT YOU, I GUESS, WHAT WAS TWO OR THREE MONTHS AGO, THE RESOLUTION THAT WE HAVE DRAFTED.

AND THAT IS WHAT I WAS ASKING FOR A LETTER OF SUPPORT, UM, KIND OF SIGNAL UP TO COUNCIL THAT YOU SUPPORT, UH, THE NOTIONS THAT WE'RE PUTTING OUT THERE.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS BEEN ENCOURAGING FOR ME TODAY IS THAT THERE HAVE BEEN OTHER FOLKS, UH, FROM MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES WHO HAVE STEPPED UP, UH, WOULD GET IDEAS TO ADDRESS WHERE WE ARE HISTORICALLY NOW.

AND I THINK THAT ALL OF THOSE PROPOSALS REQUIRING

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NEEDS, YOU KNOW, LISTING A YEAR AND TERRIBLE BETTY, UM, AT THE SAME TIME.

AND, AND I'LL TRY NOT TO USE TOO MUCH.

UM, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, WE, WE ARE NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT A MUSIC ISSUE HERE IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A RACE CULTURE AND CITY DEVELOPMENT ISSUE HERE.

AND WHAT I AM ASKING YOU TO DO IS JUST TAKE A LOOK AT MY PROPOSAL, OR JUST LOOK AT THE BULLET FIVE BULLET POINTS OR WHATEVER THAT I SENT TODAY.

UM, THE CITY OF AUSTIN NEEDS TO REVISIT THE AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL HERITAGE DISTRICT AND MAKE A REAL INVESTMENT IN IT.

THAT'S NOT ABOUT ANY ONE ORGANIZATION OR ANY ONE FACILITY.

IT'S ABOUT A PROMISE THAT THEY MADE IN 2007 THAT THEY DID NOT FULFILL.

AND THAT PART OF OUR PROPOSAL IT'S ABOUT THE DISTRICT AND WHATEVER THE DEVELOPMENT, COMFORTABLE CONTENT DEVELOPMENT WE CAN DO WITHIN IT.

SO I'M, I'M PROPOSING A MUSIC HUB, MONTHLY ARTS CENTER THAT IS NOT IN COMPETITION WITH THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN AT DORIS MILLER THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN.

IT'S DIRECTED AT KIDS AND EDUCATION AND THE PIPELINE INTO PROFESSIONALISM.

FIRST PART OF MY PROPOSAL IS ABOUT STRENGTHENING THE DISTRICT SO THAT IT ATTRACTS ONCE AGAIN, BLACK FOLKS TO COME AND CREATE, MAKE ART, OR JUST SHOWS LIVE IN CENTRALLY SOLSTICE BECAUSE CITY POLICIES HAVE RUN BLACK FOLKS OUT OF HERE.

SO HISTORY IS IMPORTANT.

CONTEXT IS IMPORTANT.

URBAN RENEWAL IS IMPORTANT.

MOST MUSICIANS DON'T STUDY THAT STUFF.

I DO.

I IT'S PART OF MY GRADUATE TRAINING AND I COULD GIVE YOU A WHOLE BUNCH OF OTHER STUFF TO READ, BUT BLACK PUMPS WERE ASKING FOR A CULTURAL CENTER IN CENTRAL EAST AUSTIN, ONLY 11TH STREET IN 1968.

AND IT WORKED ITS WAY THROUGH VARIOUS PROPOSAL AND CITY PROCESSES AND NOTHING HAPPENED.

AND THEN IT CAME UP AGAIN AND THE SEVENTIES, AND THEN IT CAME UP AGAIN AND THE EIGHTIES, AND THEN I CRAFTED THE ORIGINAL IN THE DURHAM CENTER PROPOSAL OR THE ORGANIZATION THAT WAS IN CHARGE OF REDEVELOPMENT TO BE 11TH STREET IN THE EARLY TWO THOUSANDS.

WE'RE STILL HAVING THIS CONVERSATION.

SO WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE IS A MUSIC TIE IN TO A MUCH LARGER MUNICIPAL CITY GOVERNMENT PROCESS PROBLEM.

AND A LOT OF IT IS TIED TO URBAN RENEWAL.

SO THE SECOND PART OF MY PROPOSAL DEALS SPECIFICALLY WITH ONE OF THE TWO REMAINING PARCELS OF LAND UNDER THE CITY'S OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL OF THE URBAN RENEWAL AGENCY.

THEY WANT TO PUT A BIG BOX.

IF SHE'S SPELLING IT, THERE PROBABLY WOULD INCLUDE MARKET, RIGHT OR ABOVE ALL HOMES ARE PART.

MY NEIGHBORHOOD HAS SAID OVER AND OVER TO THE POWERS THAT BE THAT WE DON'T WANT, THAT WE WANT SOME CULTURAL ABUSE.

WE WANT YOU TO LIVE UP TO THE PLANNING DOCUMENT THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE GUIDING YOUR DEVELOPMENT OF THESE SEA LEVEL STREET.

THE RESULT IS THAT THE CITY THROUGH THE URBAN RENEWAL AGENCY AND SHEPHERDED IN MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT, THAT HAS NO CULTURAL CONTENT AT ALL, LET ALONE ANY CULTURAL CONTENT THAT LOOKS LIKE US.

SO THE SECOND PART OF THIS PROPOSAL SAYS, SO THE CITY, WAIT, STOP.

YOU'VE BEEN PUSHING THIS STUFF ASIDE FOR 50 YEARS NOW IS THE TIME, YOU KNOW, AND ALTHOUGH, LIKE I SAID, I APPRECIATE THE, UH, UNITY OF PURPOSE.

THAT'S COMING FROM THE OTHER MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES IN THE CITY.

BUT IF YOU PROMISE ME BREAKFAST FIVE DAYS AGO, I THINK YOU OUGHT TO GET ME MY BREAKFAST FIRST, WHERE THE PRIORITY

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AND STOP LIE.

AND I'M SAYING THAT TO THE CITY, NOT TO YOU, YOU GUYS HAVE THE MUSIC BUSINESS PEOPLE, AND YOU KNOW, I AIN'T MAD AT YOU, BUT WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN IN THE VARIOUS PERMISSIONS AND BOARDS THAT WE'RE HAVING TO DEAL WITH, PEOPLE NEED TO STEP UP AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH IS HISTORIC AND INSTITUTIONAL AND PURPOSEFUL ON THE PART OF THE CITY.

AND IT'S VERY POPULAR TO GET RIGHT WITH GOD RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE TRAGEDIES THAT ARE HAPPENING IN OUR NATION, WE HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH CULTURAL GENOCIDE AND JUST FOR VACATION TWICE IN THIS COMMUNITY FOR YEARS.

SO WHAT I'M ASKING YOU TO DO IS JUST SUPPORT OUR RESOLUTION AS ONE PART OF THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES AND CULTURAL IMMUNITY, BECAUSE I'M ALSO HAVING TO TALK TO PEOPLE TO DO WITH THE DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING AND ZONING.

BUT NOW'S THE TIME FOR WHOEVER, WHATEVER BOARD WE SIT ON TO STEP UP IN A UNIFIED WAY AND SAY, YEAH, ALL THIS STUFF THAT'S GOING ON RIGHT NOW THAT THAT FOLKS ARE TRYING TO CASH IN ON GUILT TAX.

THAT'S REALLY COOL.

THE GUILT PACKS THAT'S BEEN OWED AND PUT OUT THERE OFFICIALLY BY PEOPLE WHO TRUST IT, THE CITY'S PROCESS HAS BEEN HAPPENING 1968.

WE NEED TO STOP IT DOWN BY FIVE BULLET POINTS, THE MOST RECENT THING, BUT I SENT YOU BOIL THIS DOWN WITHOUT ME.

SPEECHIFY, I'M GOING TO HAPPY TO DO IT WITH QUESTIONS.

IF YOU HAVE, CAN YOU GIVE US A FIVE BULLET POINTS, PLEASE GOTTA GIVE YOU A, WHAT CAN YOU GIVE US THE BULLET POINTS PLEASE? OH, YES, I CAN.

I HAVE TO OPEN UP THE SCREEN, THE CONDENSATION OF THAT LONG AT A RESOLUTION THAT YOU GOT THREE MONTHS AGO.

UH, BUT I CAN GET THE BRAIN OPEN.

UM, OKAY.

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL HERITAGE INITIATIVE FOR THE CITY OF OFFICE THAT ACTUALLY WE DID THAT.

AND THEN FIFTH AND THEIR DESIGNATION OF THE DISTRICT.

AND WHILE DOING THAT, WE KNOW THAT THEY WILL BE LOOKING FOR RETURN ON INVESTMENT.

CAN YOU JUST GIVE US THE BULLET, JUST LIKE, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM.

THIS IS WHAT MORE, UH, WE ASKED THE CITY OF AUSTIN TO INVEST IN THE CULTURAL HERITAGE DISTRICT IN WAYS THAT ADDRESS PRESERVING BLACK CULTURE, TAKING ACTIONS TO REESTABLISH A CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN AMERICAN PHYSICAL AND CULTURAL PRESENCE IN BLACK EAST OFF THEN, AND ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THESE EFFORTS ARE BENEFICIAL TO THEN OUR AUSTIN COMMUNITY.

AND THIS ADDRESSES THE CITY'S CONCERN FOR RETURN ON INVESTMENT, BECAUSE EVERYTHING IN THIS PROPOSAL IS MEANT TO HAVE ENHANCED EAST AUSTIN, DOWNTOWN, GREATER AUSTIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND DRIVE CULTURAL TOURISM TO THE DISTRICT.

NEXT POINT WE ASKED THE CITY OF AUSTIN COMMIT TO COMMIT NOW TO KEEP THOSE LAST TWO PARCELS ZONED 11TH STREET UNDER GOOD CONTROL OF THE URBAN RENEWAL AGENCY FROM BEING DEVELOPED AS MIXED USE, BIG BOXES AND LUXURY CONDOS AND AGREE AND SPIT KERR WITH THE COMMUNITIES WANT OUR ART CULTURE ENTERTAINMENT AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES USES OF THE PROPERTIES WE WANT THE CITY OF AUSTIN TO DEDICATE BLOCK 18 IMMEDIATELY IN THE RESOLUTION HAS PHASE ONE FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND AMENITIES UPGRADES TO THE EXISTING KENNY DURHAM'S BACK YARD PRODUCT.

AND ULTIMATELY AS A SITE OR A KENNY DURHAM CENTER, A MUSIC HUB AND MIXED ARTS FACILITY.

AND FINALLY, WE WANT THE CITY TO PERMIT NOW TO CODIFY BY RESOLUTION AND ART ADOPTION OF A PLAN TO MAP OUT A STRATEGY THAT RESULTS IN THE ESTABLISHMENT AND BUILDING OF THAT FACILITY ITSELF.

THAT'S WHAT I'M ASKING YOU TO SUPPORT

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AND THE, UM, THE CITY RIGHT NOW, THEY OWN, THEY OWN BLOCK THAT BLOCK 18, CORRECT? THEY ON BLOCK 18 RIGHT NOW, URBAN RENEWAL AGENCY IS MY LAMP.

SO, UM, CAN WE MOVE THIS TO A VOTE? AND WHAT ARE YOU GUYS THINKING? I HAVE A QUESTION.

WHAT IS THE, THE URBAN RENEWALS POLICY ON WHAT TO DO WITH LAND IS, IS THEIR CHARTER THAT WE TAKE OUR LAND AND WE SELL IT TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, OR IS THERE A POLICY THAT WE TAKE OUR LAND AND USE IT FOR THE HIGHEST GOOD.

IT WOULD BE.

IT WOULD BE GOOD TO KNOW WHAT IS W I MEAN, I'M NEW TO THIS, BUT WHAT WAS THE INTENTION FOR, UH, URBAN RENEWAL TO TAKE OVER THAT LAND? UM, CAN I, I CAN ACTUALLY SPEAK TO THEM A LITTLE BIT IF YOU DON'T MIND ME JUMPING IN HERE, MR. MCMILLAN.

UM, I WOULD SAY THAT THE CITY DOES NOT CURRENTLY HAVE A GOOD MODEL FOR THAT.

THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT CITY OWNED PROPERTY, UM, WHETHER IT SHOULD BE AFFORDABLE HOUSING, WHETHER WE SHOULD, UM, THAT CREATIVE SPACE THAT'S, UH, AFFORDABLE FOR PEOPLE TO USE, OR IF IT SHOULD BECOME A GIANT SOCCER STADIUM, MIGHT REMIND, REMEMBER THERE WAS A LOT OF CONTROVERSY OVER THAT.

SO I WOULD SAY AT THIS MOMENT, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY AS A CITY AND AS A CONDITION TO SET PRECEDENTS, TO, UM, MAKE BOLD STATEMENTS ABOUT WHAT WE WANT TO PRESERVE.

AND I REALLY ADMIRE, UM, THE WORK THAT MR. MCMILLAN HAS DONE.

HE'S, HE'S PROVIDED QUITE A BIT OF DOCUMENTATION.

AND HE'S ALSO TALKED ABOUT THE HISTORY OF, UM, WHAT HAS BEEN PROMISED AND DISCUSSED AT THE CITY LEVEL.

I THINK THOSE, UH, IT'S IMPORTANT, UH, FOR THE CITY TO STEP UP AND KEEP THOSE PROMISES.

AND IN ADDITION, I THINK WE'RE ALL FAMILIAR WITH, UM, THE STATE OF EAST AUSTIN THERE IS ALREADY, AND I'M NOT, I'M NOT ANTI-DEVELOPMENT, BUT THERE IS A LOT OF NEW HOUSING THAT'S ALREADY BEEN CREATED OVER THERE, AND THERE'S A LOT OF MIXED USE.

SO THAT AREA IS NOT, NOT STARVED FOR THAT TYPE OF DEVELOPMENT, BUT IT IS IN DANGER OF LOSING, UM, ITS HISTORY.

SO, UH, WHEN WE HAVE A CITIZEN THAT STEPPED FORWARD IN THIS WAY AND, UM, YOU KNOW, PREPARED TOWARDS THE RESOLUTION, UM, MY IMPULSES IS TO SUPPORT THAT.

I AGREE I WAS TALKING TO, YEAH, I HAVE ONE VERY IMPORTANT POINT TO ADD.

UM, I LIVE IN THIS COMMUNITY AS WELL.

I LIVE RIGHT DOWN THE STREET FROM MY VENUE.

SO I'M PART OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION AND PERIODICALLY URBAN RENEWAL AGENCIES.

THE CITY STAFF WILL DO A, OKAY, WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH THIS PROPERTY? THAT IS AN INPUT STAKEHOLDER INPUT PROCESS.

AND WE DID THAT LAST JANUARY, FEBRUARY, AND THAT RESULTED IN A LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS OF WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN TO BLOCK 18 AND 19.

THAT WAS WEIGHED IN BY THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE HERE AND THE BUSINESS STAKEHOLDERS.

NOBODY SAID THEY WANTED ANOTHER MIXED USE, BIG BOX.

ALL OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS HAD TO DO WITH A CULTURAL FACILITY AND ENTERTAIN, BUT STILL HAVE THE GREEN SPACE COMMUNITY SPACE.

NO, WE DON'T WANT ANOTHER THING THAT KEEPS MOM AND POP IT'S FROM BEING ABLE TO DO BUSINESS.

AND THIS I'M HAPPY TO SHARE THAT DOCUMENT WITH THE CITY AGENCY IS RIGHT NOW, IS THAT THEY DID THE PROCESS AND NOW THEY'RE PREPARED TO MOVE ON.

LIKE THAT PROCESS NEVER HAPPENED BECAUSE THE CITY OF AUSTIN DOES THAT STUFF ALL THE TIME TO TAKE YOUR INPUT, BUT THEN THEY KEEP MOVING.

I'M TRYING TO STOP THAT CLARIFICATION HERE.

UH, I KNOW YOU SAID THE CITY OWNS BLOCK 18, DOES IT ALSO OWN BLOCK 16? OKAY.

THESE ARE THE LAST TWO PARTS THAT CONDEMN 20 YEARS AGO OR WHATEVER, AND BOUGHT UP ALL THIS PROPERTY AND SMASHED HISTORIC BUILDINGS.

GREAT.

SO, UM, I WOULD THINK BEFORE WE MOVE TO A VOTE SHAKA, WHO'S MY THINKING IS THAT, UM, WE DON'T IN OUR, IN, UH, YOUR, YOUR FIVE BULLET POINTS ARE GREAT.

I THINK THERE ARE FOUR ACTUALLY, BUT, UM, DON'T ALLOW FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF 16 NOT BEING INCLUDED.

YOU SAID, NO,

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JUST TAKE IT OUT AND JUST SAY TO RESERVE 16 AND 18, BOTH.

THAT'S FINE.

THERE'S ONE, THERE'S ANOTHER CITY COULD THEM RIGHT NOW THAT'S PUSHING FOR PUTTING A HOLD ON DEVELOPMENT ON BOTH OF THOSE BLOCKS FOR ARCTIC CULTURAL USES.

IT'S JUST, IF MY PROPOSAL FOCUSES SPECIFICALLY ON 18.

GOT IT, GOT IT.

OKAY.

DOES ANYONE ANY SORT OF RESOLUTION LANGUAGE AT THIS POINT? I THINK THE, I MEAN, UH, HAROLD'S BULLET POINTS ARE NICE AND SUCCINCT, UH, RELATIVE TO GENERAL CITY LANGUAGE.

UM, I, MY THOUGHT OPENED OTHER THOUGHTS OBVIOUSLY WILL BE TO, UM, RECOMMEND THOSE SPECIFICALLY WITH SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS AND INCLUDE ALL THE VARIOUS DOCUMENTS THAT HAROLD HAS SENT ALONG THE WAY.

UM, AND I WOULD JUST CHANGE TO RATHER, UH, THEN IF POSSIBLE ON 16 AND 18, I WOULD JUST PUT 16 AND 18 TO BOTH BE PRESERVED FOR THIS USE.

ANY OTHER THOUGHTS? COMMENTS? YEAH, I THINK WE EITHER VOTE ON IT OR WE ASKED FOR MORE INFORMATION FOR A NEXT MINUTE, AND I THINK WE HAVE ENOUGH INFORMATION RIGHT NOW TO VOTE.

YEAH, I THINK THAT, NO, I WANT TO TALK JUST TO THE PARK, BUT JUST HAVING A BURNING DESIRE TO SAY, TO ECHO STRONGLY POINT OF, YOU KNOW, IF NOT NOW, WHEN IT'S, THERE'S JUST REALLY, NO, I JUST DON'T SEE ANY REASON OTHER THAN THE DESIRE TO PUT UP ANOTHER BOX AND MAKE MORE MONEY REALLY NEEDS TO ANSWER THE CALL AND WE NEED TO STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT THE CITY MAKE GOOD ON ITS PROMISES.

IT'S ALL SHOTGUN.

DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THE MOTION TO VOTE? I'M NOT GOOD WITH ALL THIS FORMAL LANGUAGE, BUT, UH, I GUESS I MOVED TO, UH, UH, VOTE, UH, WHAT WAS THE SAY HERE? I'M IN, I MEAN, IT'S JUST, THAT'S IT THAT WE RECOMMEND, UH, THE FOUR BULLET POINTS FROM HAROLD MACMILLAN'S RECOMMENDATION ALONG WITH SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS.

YES.

THAT'S DEFINITELY TO VOTE ON THESE, UH, THESE RECOMMENDATIONS AND, UH, I MEAN, UH, THERE IS SOMEONE THAT WANTS A SECOND.

UH, OKAY.

BUT AS A SECOND.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, SO YEAH, I'LL GO AHEAD.

UM, SO ALL IN FAVOR, ALL OPPOSED MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY.

HMM.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, HAROLD, FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND YOUR COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION TO EAST AUSTIN.

UM, AND, UH, LIKE NEPAL TO BARELY SKIPPING OVER THE AGENDA ITEM BEFORE WE COULD EVEN GET STARTED.

IT'S OKAY.

THANK YOU.

AND GOD BLESS YOU.

I APPRECIATE YOUR, YOUR OPENNESS TO POSSIBILITIES, BUT THAT THAT'S ALL WE'RE DEALING WITH.

YEAH.

VERY GOOD.

THANK YOU SO MUCH WITH THAT.

WE CAN GO OUTSIDE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UH, WITH THAT, WE CAN NOW GO TO THREE,

[3. a. Discussion and Possible Action following presentation by Margie Reese of MJR Partners on Roles and Goals for the Music Commission, Live Music Fund Working Group and City Staff, Black Lives Music Fund and Comprehensive Equity Plan to repair and address historic neglect within the Austin music industry towards the Black Community.]

A OLD BUSINESS DISCUSSION POSSIBLE ACTION.

FOLLOWING PRESENTATION BY MARGIE, REESE OF MGR PARTNERS AND ROLES AND GOALS FOR THE MUSIC, LIVE MUSIC, WORKING GROUP, CITY STAFF, BLACK LIVES, MUSIC FUND, AND COMPREHENSIVE EQUITY PLAN TO REPAIR AND ADDRESS HISTORIC NEGLECT WITHIN THE AUSTIN MUSIC INDUSTRY TOWARDS THE BLACK COMMUNITY.

UM, AND AS I STARTED TO SAY EARLIER, IT APPEARS THAT MARGIE IS NOT WITH US TODAY.

IS THAT CORRECT? JUST FOR THE RECORD.

HELLO, THIS IS ERICA.

CAN YOU HEAR ME OKAY? YES.

OKAY, GREAT.

CAUSE I I'M ON VIDEO AND ON MY PHONE BECAUSE I JUST CAN'T GET THE SOUND TO WORK.

IT KEEPS GOING IN AND OUT.

SO I APOLOGIZE.

SO MARGIE, COULDN'T BE HERE WITH US TODAY, BUT WHAT WE'VE PREPARED IS JUST A QUICK OVERVIEW OF, UH, AN UPDATE THAT WE ARE PROVIDING TO ALL THE COMMISSIONS THIS MONTH ABOUT NEXT STEPS AND HOW WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER.

AND SO JUST KIND OF WANTED TO, YOU KNOW, KIND OF TAKE YOU TO WHERE WE ARE NOW AND, AND WHAT TO EXPECT AS WE GO FORWARD.

UM, AS YOU KNOW, MARGIE WAS BROUGHT ON FIRST FOR CAD AND, UM, DID A LOT OF WORK

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WITH, UH, THEIR COMMISSION AS WELL AS STAKEHOLDERS.

UH, BUT AS THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS HAVE BEEN FOLDED AND THAT CONTRACT WAS EXPANDED TO INCLUDE BOTH MUSIC AND THE HERITAGE DIVISION, UH, TOURISM DIVISIONS, UH, THE SCOPE HAS CHANGED AND HOW WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER.

UM, WE WANTED TO BE SURE THAT WE WERE ALIGNING THESE S EFFORTS AS A DEPARTMENT, NOT JUST IN THE SILO DIVISIONS, BECAUSE HER WORK IS GOING TO INFORM THE SYSTEMIC OVERHAUL THAT IS TAKING PLACE WITHIN ALL HOT PROGRAMS ACROSS EDD, UM, TO ENSURE EQUITY AND TO ENSURE THAT ALL BARRIERS THAT EXIST, UM, ARE ADDRESSED AND, UH, LOOKED AT DETERMINE IF THEY SHOULD, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S THERE, WHAT NEEDS TO STAY THERE AND HOW WE CAN MOVE FORWARD IN A MORE SIMPLE FASHION.

SO THIS ALIGNMENT IS INTENDED TO STRENGTHEN THE OVERALL DEPARTMENT'S VISION FOR PROVIDING ARTS AND CULTURAL SERVICES WITHIN THE PROVISIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE HOT FUNDS, UM, RECEIVED BY THE CITY AND GUIDED BY THE STATE OF TEXAS STATUTES.

AND SO, UM, THEY W CURRENTLY WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW IS WE ARE HAVING INTERNAL MEETINGS WITH MARGIE AND HER TEAM.

ALL OF HER STAFF HAS ACTUALLY BEEN REASSIGNED TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN CONTRACT AND TO THESE DELIVERABLES.

SO WE'RE MEETING WITH HER TEAM, WE'RE ALSO MEETING WITH EACH OTHER AND HASHING OUT THE FINAL TIMELINE SO THAT ALL DIVISIONS ARE ALIGNED AND THAT WE ARE UPDATING COMMISSIONS AND A WHOLE, UM, REFLECTIVE OF ALL OF THE WORK.

SO WE'LL HAVE MORE INFORMATION TO YOU, UH, PRETTY SOON.

UM, WE'RE JUST KIND OF QUICKLY GOING THROUGH LOTS OF MEETINGS.

WE'RE INVOLVING THE OFFICE OF DESIGN AND DELIVERY.

AND, UH, SO WE'LL HAVE A MORE, UH, ROBUST UPDATE ABOUT HOW THIS WORK IS GOING TO ALIGN, UM, FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR, SO THAT WE HAVE AN APPLICATION READY, UH, BY SPRING OF 2021.

AND SO HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE, BUT, UM, WE ARE CERTAINLY, YOU KNOW, MAKING LOTS OF PROGRESS, UM, AND WORKING VERY QUICKLY, UH, ESPECIALLY HERE IN THE NEXT MONTH AND INTO OCTOBER, SO THAT WE HAVE A REPORT TO SHARE, UH, AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE WITH THE SUBMISSIONS AND WITH STAKEHOLDERS, UM, TO CONSIDER A RECOMMENDATION, YOU KNOW, CONSIDER FINDINGS AS WE, YOU KNOW, PUT FORTH OUR RECOMMENDATIONS AS THE FAULT PROGRESSES.

SO I MISUNDERSTAND, ARE YOU GOING, GOTTA BE PRESENTING SOMETHING OR NO, NO, NO.

WE'RE, YEAH.

THIS IS JUST AN UPDATE OF WHERE WE ARE IN THE PROCESS WITHIN J AND J OUR PARTNERS AND THE PROCESS WITH THE HOT FUNDS, UH, IN TANDEM WITH THE REST OF THE DIVISIONS AND EDD.

GOTCHA.

OKAY.

IN MY, LET ME JUST TRY TO GET MY HEAD AROUND A COUPLE OF THINGS ARE, SO AT THIS POINT, WHAT WE'RE PROBABLY LOOKING AT THEN IS SOME SORT OF OVERLAID THAT GOES OVER ALL OF THESE PROGRAMS VERSUS INDIVIDUAL SOLUTIONS, CORRECT.

WELL, WHEN WE'RE LOOKING AT WHAT THE SYSTEMIC ISSUES ARE AROUND, UM, EQUITY AND RACIAL EQUITY, WE WANT TO LOOK ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT SO THAT WE CAN ADDRESS SYSTEMIC ISSUES THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS TO AGAIN, REMOVE BARRIERS.

BUT IT'S ALSO A GREAT UNDERSTANDING THAT EACH DIVISION IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT IN HOW THE PROGRAM POTENTIALLY WILL NEED TO BE, UH, PUT FORTH ME JUST DEPENDING ON HOW TO SERVE THE PARTICULAR ORGANIZATIONS, UM, AND ARTISTS AND CREATIVES THAT ARE PARTICIPATING.

SO THERE WILL BE SOME, UH, IN TERMS OF THE EQUITY AND HOW WE WANT TO, YOU KNOW, BE SURE THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT A RACIAL EQUITY LENS AS WELL AS, UH, DISTRIBUTION MODELS.

UM, THAT IS GOING TO BE DEPARTMENT WIDE.

AS WE LOOK AT THOSE CONSIDERATIONS NOW SPECIFICS AROUND PROCESS AND TO SPECIFIC GUIDELINES TOWARDS MUSIC, ACTIVITIES, MUSIC, ACTIVITIES, VERSUS CULTURAL ARTS VERSUS HERITAGE.

THAT WILL BE OBVIOUSLY MORE FINE TUNED TO THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY IN TERMS OF THIS GRANT, RICK, IF I COULD JUMP IN.

SURE.

UM, SO WHAT WE WANT TO DO NOW THAT ALL THE HOT DIVISIONS ARE, UH, UNDER MARGIE'S, UH, LEADERSHIP IN TERMS OF MOVING FORWARD.

WE WANT TO HAVE A COMMON FOUNDATION AROUND EQUITY, AROUND A PROCESS, BUT REMEMBERING THAT EACH COMMUNITY IS UNIQUE AND WE MAY EXECUTE IT DIFFERENTLY.

SO BY NEXT MONTH, WE SHOULD HAVE THE FOUNDATION INFORMATION TO COME BACK AND SAY,

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FOUNDATIONALLY, THESE ARE KEY THREE THINGS THAT EACH DIVISION WILL STAND ON.

IT WILL BE THE SAME.

WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE WITH EQUITY.

WE'RE GONNA LEAVE WITH RACIAL EQUITY, BUT IT MAY OPERATIONALIZE A LITTLE DIFFERENT.

AND SO, AS ERICA MENTIONED, UM, I'M MEETING WITH MARGIE I'M MEETING WITH STAFF SO THAT WE CAN COME FORWARD WITH ONE VOICE, BECAUSE YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED IN TERMS OF THE OVERLAP OF THE STRENGTH THAT WE CAN HAVE TOGETHER, UM, WITH THESE THREE DIVISIONS.

SO JUST WANTED TO PUT THAT OUT THERE.

YEAH.

AND THAT IS SO TRUE.

AS MORE MEETINGS WITH MARGIE WAS HAPPENING ACROSS THESE DIVISIONS, WE WERE SEEING THE OVERLAP OR LIKE, OH, I JUST HAD THIS EXACT SAME CONVERSATION.

AND SO THAT'S WHY WE WANTED TO PULL UP AND RECONNECT, YOU KNOW, ALL OF THOSE OVERLAPS SO THAT WE'RE BEING VERY MINDFUL OF THE SYSTEMIC ISSUES THAT WE CAN ADDRESS AS A WHOLE.

UM, AND SO YES, THERE WILL BE OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK HOW, HOW CAN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AND THE LIVE MUSIC FUND SPECIFICALLY BE DELIVERED, SO THAT IT'S MOST EFFECTIVE FOR OUR COMMUNITY, AND THAT IS TO BE ADDRESSED.

BUT, UM, WE WILL BE COMING BACK WITH SOME SYSTEMIC ISSUES AROUND EQUITY AND RACIAL EQUITY THAT WILL RUN NOT ONLY THROUGHOUT THE HOT FUNDS, BUT HOW WE DO ALL OF OUR PROGRAMS. AND DO YOU ANTICIPATE THAT, YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHEN OUR NEXT MEETING WILL BE, OBVIOUSLY, BUT IF WE ARE MORE OR LESS ON A MONTHLY SCHEDULE AGAIN, WOULD YOU ANTICIPATE THAT BEING READY FOR THE NEXT COMMISSION MEETING? I WAS ACTUALLY JUST TALKING AT, HAD A MEETING TODAY ABOUT THIS VERY QUESTION ABOUT OCTOBER 5TH, WILL WE BE READY BY OCTOBER 5TH TO GIVE YOU THAT UPDATE? AND BECAUSE MUSIC IS FIRST IN THE QUEUE, MAYBE SO FOR THE OTHER CONDITION MEETINGS THAT HAPPENED LATER IN THE MONTH.

SO WE HAVE TO REALLY LOOK AT THAT AND WE'LL LET YOU KNOW, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, THERE'S ALSO THE POTENTIAL FOR ANOTHER JOINT MEETING IN OUR FOURTH QUARTER TO ALSO KIND OF MAKE A PRESENTATION TO YOU GUYS IN A VERY WHOLE COMPREHENSIVE MANNER.

AND SO WHETHER OR NOT THAT WOULD, YOU KNOW, WHEN THAT WOULD BE, WE'LL HAVE TO, YOU KNOW, LET YOU KNOW WHETHER IT'S NOVEMBER OR OCTOBER POTENTIALLY.

OKAY.

UM, CAUSE, UM, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY SINCE WE STARTED WORKING IN THE MARGIE, THE LIVE MUSIC FUND WORKING GROUP HAS BASICALLY BEEN ON HOLD.

AND I ACTUALLY HAVE BEEN TRYING TO COMMUNICATE WITH CATLIN WHITTINGTON TO TRY TO GET THAT MOVING AGAIN.

UM, CAUSE I, I PERSONALLY BELIEVE WE'RE AT A SPOT WHERE THAT GROUP CAN COMPLETE IS FINDING US HOPEFULLY AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME AS YOU KNOW, WITHIN A MONTH, WHICH WOULD BE FANTASTIC THAT WAY WE COULD HAVE THAT INFORMATION AS WELL, OR JUST INFORMATION TOGETHER AT ONE TIME.

SO WE'RE NOT PIECEMEALING THIS AS MUCH.

SO IT FEELS LIKE WE'RE, YOU KNOW, ACTUALLY NOT JUST KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD AGAIN, UM, WHICH IS NOT WHAT WE'RE DOING, BUT IT JUST WE'VE ELONGATED THE PROCESS TO THIS POINT WHERE WE, I WOULD LIKE TO TRY TO, TO FIGURE OUT LIKE, YOU KNOW, TIMING TO BRING IT ACROSS THE FINISH LINE.

I MEAN, I KNEW WHAT TO SAY, OH, I'M SORRY I HEAR WHAT YOU'RE SAYING, RICK, BUT I'M AT THE SAME TIME, LIKE WE, WE STOPPED THE LIVE MUSIC WORKING GROUP BECAUSE WE WANTED TO TALK ABOUT RACE.

AND, UM, I DON'T THINK UNLESS WE CAN TELL THEM WHAT WE WANT, HOW WE WANT THEM TO THINK ABOUT RACE AND HOW IT PLAYS OUT WITHIN LIVE AND WITHIN LIVE MUSIC.

UM, I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY SENSE IN, YOU KNOW, HAVING US GET BACK TOGETHER WITHOUT ANY CONCLUSIONS OR THINGS OR DIRECTION OR GUIDANCE FROM US.

UM, IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO ME JUST TO GET TOGETHER JUST TO GET TOGETHER AND THEN THROW SOME RECOMMENDATIONS BACK.

THE REASON THAT WE STOPPED WAS BECAUSE I RAISED THE ISSUE OF INEQUALITY, UM, WITHIN THE AUSTIN MUSIC SCENE.

AND YOU SEE ALL THESE FOLKS THAT HAVE COME BEHIND NOW AND I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT THAT AS WELL, BUT THE PRECEDENT WAS SET IN THAT LIVE MUSIC WORKING GROUP THAT WE HAVE A PROBLEM I'M BY MYSELF.

AND WE'RE STILL, WE'RE STILL WORKING THROUGH THAT AS A, AS A MUSIC COMMISSION IN TERMS OF WHAT RECOMMENDATIONS WE'RE GOING TO BE MAKING, UM, TO THAT LIVE MUSIC WORKING GROUP.

SO, YOU KNOW, UNTIL WE FIGURE THAT OUT, YOU KNOW, I FEEL LIKE THAT'S, THAT'S ON HOPE.

THAT'S MY OPINION.

YEAH.

WELL, I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND THAT, BUT I ALSO THINK THAT WE COULD LOOK AT IT IN THAT IT WAS, WE HAVE TAKEN YOUR REQUEST ONTO THE COMMISSION VERSUS THE WORKING GROUP BECAUSE THE WORKING GROUP THAT REALLY, YOU KNOW, THE WORKING GROUP, IT'S, IT'S A BIT OF A STRETCH FOR THE WORKING GROUP TO HAVE TO COME UP WITH AN EQUITY OVERLAY.

YOU KNOW, THAT'S W WE NEED TO TELL THEM WHAT, HOW, HOW, HOW

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IT'S GONNA PLAY OUT IN TERMS OF LIVE FUNDING.

WE NEED TO COME UP WITH SOME TYPE OF DIRECTION FOR THEM.

AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE MOVING TOWARDS.

AS A GROUP, YOU HAVE TO SAY LIKE, THIS IS WHAT WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT.

WE WANT YOU TO TAKE THESE THINGS INTO CONSIDERATION YOUR DELIBERATIONS, ET CETERA, ET CETERA.

UM, IF I DID INTERJECT, UM, ONE THING THAT WE HAD DISCUSSED IS JUST THE DIFFICULTY FOR YOU TO COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS AROUND EQUITY AND RACIAL EQUITY IN THE VACUUM WITHOUT MARGIE.

AND SO, WHERE I THINK THE LIVE MUSIC FUND WORKING GROUP FOCUS IS, IS ON THE NEEDS OF OUR PARTICULAR GROUP OF STAKEHOLDERS, OUR MUSIC COMMUNITY.

AND IN TERMS OF WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM, HOW DOES THE PROGRAM LOOK DIFFERENT FROM, FROM MUSIC THAN IT DOES FROM KAT OR FROM HERITAGE TOURISM IN TERMS OF, YOU KNOW, SPECIFIC TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, HOW DO YOU WANT TO SEE IMPLEMENTATION? WHAT IS MOST HELPFUL FOR MUSICIANS AND MUSIC BUSINESSES? SO YOU COULD LOOK AT IT FROM AN IMPLEMENTATION POINT OF VIEW, AND THEN WE'LL, UH, HAVE THE EQUITY DISCUSSION, YOU KNOW, OF THIS BROADER DISCUSSION AND THEN PROVIDE HOW WE CAN BRING THE TWO TOGETHER.

WELL, MY TAKE ON IT AFTER HEARING MARJORIE SPEAK LAST MONTH, WHEN WE ASKED HER, WHAT IS YOUR LEGAL OPINION ON THESE THINGS? SHE SAID, I'M NOT REALLY THE ONE TO COME UP WITH A FINAL SOLUTION THAT SAYS, HERE'S WHAT SHOULD HERE'S, WHAT'S ALLOWED AND HERE'S, WHAT'S NOT ALLOWED AND HERE'S THE BEST, THE BEST WAY TO DO IT.

UH, I THINK IT'S UP TO US, THE MUSIC COMMISSION TO HAVE THE HARD CONVERSATION, TO GIVE THE GUIDANCE, TO, UM, UH, TO, TO GIVE THE GUIDANCE TO THE LIVE MUSIC, UM, UH, WE'RE WORKING GROUP, BECAUSE I DON'T THINK WE'RE GOING TO GET TIED UP IN A BOAT FOR MARGIN.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO FIGURE THAT OUT OURSELVES BASED ON WHAT MARGIE SAID.

I AGREE.

YEAH.

WE JUST, UNFORTUNATELY IT SEEMS LIKE WE'VE GOTTEN INTO A POINT WHERE WE, WE KNOW WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE, BUT WE CAN'T FIGURE OUT THE BEST WAY TO DO IT PROCEDURALLY.

AND SO I'M, I'M ALL EARS, YOU KNOW, AT THIS POINT, YOU KNOW, IF IN MY MIND IT WOULD BE EASIER FOR US AND MARGIE TO APPLY, YOU KNOW, WHATEVER EQUITY SOLUTION THAT WE COME UP WITH TO THE LIVE MUSIC WORKING GROUP, VERSUS THE MUSIC WORKING GROUP, GIVING US A SOLUTION AND DECIDING WHETHER WE WANT YOU TO USE IT OR NOT.

I THINK YOU'RE MISUNDERSTANDING WHAT I'M SAYING.

I'M SAYING THAT WE GIVE THE DIRECTIVE TO ALIGN WORKING GROUP.

AND THEN WITH THAT, WITH THAT DIRECTION, YOU KNOW, THEY WERE ALREADY HEADED IN DIRECTION WITH THE LIVE MUSIC WORKING GROUP, RIGHT? SO WE FELT THIS, WHATEVER WE COME UP WITH AS A MUSIC COMMISSION AND TELL THEM THEY NEED TO FOLLOW THIS AND, YOU KNOW, WRAP IT UP WITH THIS IN MIND, WHATEVER WE SAY, THIS IS, THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO WRAP IT UP WITH.

THEN THEY HAVE A DIRECTION.

THEN WE HAVE A DIMENSION THAT'S ALLOWED ME AS A WORKING GROUP.

RIGHT.

UM, AND SO LIKE, I THINK UNTIL WE SAY, ONE OF THE ISSUES IS ONE OF THE REASONS THAT WE, OR HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO, YOU KNOW, MOVE THIS ALONG IS BECAUSE WE HAVE ALL THESE OTHER THINGS AND NOW WE'LL JUST GET INTO IT AT FOUR 10, RIGHT.

OR FOUR OR FIVE, RIGHT.

IS THIS IMPORTANT DISCUSSION KEEPS GETTING PUSHED TO THE, TO THE, TO THE SIDE, TO THE BACK.

SO, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TO MAKE A COMMITMENT AS A MUSIC COMMISSION TO TABLE ANY FURTHER INPUT FROM THE COMMUNITY ABOUT IDEAS OR WHATEVER, SO THAT WE