We Built This City on More Than Just Rock and Roll

Live Music Capital of the World Mural - photo by flickr user Gary J Wood

Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” but there is much more to the city’s music scene than the never-ending opportunities to catch some great live jams. Countless resources for musicians, networking and volunteer opportunities at huge festivals and events and a rich musical history all help make Austin a bustling hub for the exciting and fast-paced music industry.

Here are just a few reasons why Austin is great for musicians and music lovers alike.

Live music is literally everywhere.
It’s not all Austin has to offer, but it’s a huge part. From small, intimate stages in underground jazz clubs to huge arenas like the Erwin Center, Austin is home to more than 250 live music venues that are dispersed throughout the city. There’s even a stage at the airport to welcome visitors when they arrive.

Photo by Flickr User Kris Krug

We’re home to some of the biggest music festivals and events in the world.
ACL Music Festival, South by Southwest, Fun Fun Fun Fest, COTA Formula 1, X Games and countless others bring incredible talent to this city each year and offer networking and volunteer opportunities for music industry fans and professionals.
Preparing for ACL Fest with Lawrence - photo credit Ashley Garmon

Photo by Ashley Garmon

Austin takes care of its musicians.
With programs such as the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, Austin Music People, and the SIMS Foundation, Austin provides a solid foundation for artists to pursue their music while still being able to live well.

Speaking of musicians, Austin provides countless outlets for local artists to get their music heard.
Many local news stations invite artists to play on their broadcasts like the KTBC “Good Day Austin” morning show and the KXAN-TV and KEYE-TV lifestyle shows. Local radio stations also help promote artists through means like 101x’s Homegrown Live concerts and radio shows and the 103.1 iHeartAustin Live Music Lounge. Some of the big festivals and events even hold contests to get Austin artists exposure.

There is an entire department within the City of Austin dedicated to development of the music industry in Austin.
ATX Music is the Economic Development Department’s Music and Entertainment Division. Recent initiatives include the Austin Music Industry Census, The Music Venue Assistance Program and the City-Wide Music Communications Outreach.

Austinites learn to appreciate music at an early age.
Whether it’s attending a free music class, getting involved in a music program at school or going to a rocking summer camp, Austin makes sure that children who are excited to learn more about the magic of music have plenty of opportunities to pursue that passion.
Live Music Capital of the World - Biscuit Brothers at Austin Children's Museum - photo by flickr user Shannon - https://www.flickr.com/photos/shanntastic/148701579/in/photostream/

Photo by Flickr user Shannon

If you’re looking to book a band for a party or event, there’s an app for that.
Okay maybe not an app but the Austin Music Office’s website has an online form that you can fill out to receive recommendations and info on artists to book.
Hire Austin Musicians

If you’re looking to work in the music industry, Austin is a great place to start.
With all of the live venues, festivals and marketing and advertising firms who help promote these festivals and venues, Austin offers a plethora of opportunities to get paid while enjoying the lively music scene. Becoming a member of the local Grammy chapter is a great way to build your network and gain valuable experience in the local music scene and the GrammyU program serves as a resource for college students hoping to break into the business.

Photo by Flickr user Nan Palmero

Some pretty amazing artists come from Austin.
From legends like Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan to current “it” artists like Gary Clark Jr. and Max Frost, many talented singers, songwriters and musicians are proud to call Austin home.

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