Five years ago, in 2008, citizen stakeholders recommended that the city of Austin designate the 600-900 blocks of Red River Street as Austin’s premier “live music district.” Since 2008, our city has grown exponentially, as have the economic pressures on small business owners, like the venue owners on Red River and the musicians that play there. Over these past five years, the income generated by Austin’s live music industry has steadily increased to $1.6 billion annually, which has benefitted our city and our residents. However, within these five years, these four blocks on Red River have still not been named Live Music Heritage District (or a district designation of any kind). It would further benefit our local economy if we declared an official Red River Cultural District, keeping the terminology established by the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA)
Tomorrow, Thursday, October 17, Austin City Council will vote on whether to formally designate the 600-900 blocks of Red River Street (between Old Pecan Street and Symphony Square) as an officially recognized cultural district. An approved vote would provide new marketing opportunities for local businesses, and would also benefit musicians and fans with some parking improvements. If you support live music in Austin, please speak up and show your support by signing the Austin Music People* petition here. The petition will be presented to City Council. Every signature matters!
*Austin Music People is an organization that advocates for the companies, musicians, and fans that make Austin the live music capital of the world. As stated on their website, Austin Music People "support(s) the policies and initiatives that help artists survive, thrive and create." If you would like to make a donation to Austin Music People, you may do so here.