The City of Austin Economic Development Department, Music & Entertainment Division is hosting a meeting at the Eustasio Cepeda Branch Library (651 North Pleasant Valley Road) on Monday, January 30th at 6:30pm seeking feedback from the public on recommendations to establishment of an entertainment license, along with a policy to promote compatibility between residential areas, new development, and entertainment venues (often referred to as the agent of change principle).
Austin City Council Resolutions No. 20410925-081 and 20160303-019 directed staff to research and consider numerous strategies to support our local live music industry. Among the specific items referenced was the establishment of an entertainment license. The agent of change principle states that the person or business responsible for the change is responsible for mitigating the impact of the change. Adoption of an agent of change policy was noted as a top priority in both the Mayor and City Council’s Music & Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution, and the 2015 Austin Music Census Report. Interest in exploring an agent of change policy was also noted in the 2012 Imagine Austin Plan.
Individual presentations are scheduled for neighborhood and industry groups, along with public presentations to the Music and Downtown Commissions. The public meeting on January 30th is an additional opportunity to learn more about the recommendations and provide feedback. Upon incorporating feedback received regarding these proposals, staff intends to seek City Council consideration of the proposed policies in March.
About the City of Austin Music & Entertainment Division: The City of Austin Economic Development Department’s Music & Entertainment Division is highly engaged in developing and executing initiatives that help accelerate the growth of the music industry infrastructure by focusing on job creation, talent export, trade development, and industry revenue growth. The Music & Entertainment Division has also organically developed an important role for the Austin music industry by facilitating introductions, communication, and shaping discussions between music business operators who may not otherwise have knowledge of each other, resulting in new business and connections. For more information: www.atxmusic.org
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