Austin Music Foundation Announces Free Virtual Consultations and Online Music Business Workshop

Announced today, Austin Music Foundation (AMF) are moving their programs online for the time being and will continue providing consultation services at no cost to the Austin music community. They also announced their free webinar “Time to Pivot: Adjusting Your Music Business Strategy” scheduled for March 27th. Below are details for both announcements.

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Sennheiser’s #Dontstopthemusic Streamed Concerts

Since the coronavirus pandemic the live music industry has taken a major hit but Sennheiser, the well-known audio company is reminding music fans to #Dontstopthemusic. Following concerts with Mousse T., Love Fame Tragedy, Logan D. and Madoc, #DontStopTheMusic, Sennheiser’s exclusive streamed concert series, continues with rock band Good Boy Daisy, singer-songwriter Katie Cole and Swiss-Chilean producer and DJ Luciano.

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The festival and live music industries have taken a massive hit since the coronavirus outbreak from canceling Austin’s South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival to rescheduling the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals. To help everyone stay on top of things, Slovenia-based music data company Viberate has put together a comprehensive list at, updated daily. is a new free service that lets music fans track which festivals have been canceled or postponed. In case fans have already bought tickets and made travel arrangements, they can hopefully cancel in time to get a refund.

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Black Fret Launches Austin Love & Lightstream; A Live Stream of Austin Music

Yesterday Black Fret, a public charity headquartered in Austin, kicked off Austin Love & Lightstream virtual event that will live stream 6 hours of Austin music live from Scholz Garten in Austin, Texas. Planned for an initial five day run through Saturday, March 21st from Scholz Garten, Austin Love & Lightstream is a local response to the cancellation of SXSW and the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. The event is closed to the public and taking place on a sterilized outdoor sound stage at Scholz Garten.

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Music Tech Mashup Kicks Off This Weekend with Questlove, Paul Oakenfold, White Denim, Nané, Eric Tessmer, Vibe Vessel and More

Empire Control Room and Garage are still going through with the Music Tech Mashup event which will kick off today, March 13th.  

Per The Red River Cultural District, “We take the public health and safety of our customers, staff, venue staff, and artists we book extremely seriously and will continue to be guided by City and County officials to determine if changes to our events are necessary. We are following all guidelines outlined by local public health officials who have determined there is no need to stop the music at this time.” 

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Laura Escudé Announces The Transmute Accelerator 3.0 Interactive Education Program for Live Show Design

Announced today, Laura Escudé Enterprises, a music-centric venture studio, will be launching its third season of the live music performance online program called The Transmute Accelerator on April 14, 2020. Part of this third annual live music performance accelerator program includes the interactive program for live online small group sessions and specialized.

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Help Local Businesses and Artists Stand With the City of Austin Due to the SXSW 2020 Cancellation

The cancellation of the 2020 SXSW Festival and Conferences due to concerns of the health and safety of attendees due to the Coronavirus has left several artists without venues to perform or screen their films. Furthermore, SXSW hugely impacts all local businesses, venues and restaurants in Austin bringing in nearly $300 million into the city which will now be lost revenue. There are several ways to help artists, filmmakers and Austin businesses that we wanted to share with you all.  

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CANCELED: SKYLAB 2020 Party Will Proceed as Planned Bringing 29 Austin Bands To Scholz Garten

As of 3.13.20 this event is now canceled and postponed to a later date. Please check back on the new date for this event.

Even though SXSW 2020 is canceled, ALL SYSTEMS ARE GO for next Thursday, March 19, as Spaceflight Records and Mosaic Sound Collective host the inaugural liftoff of “SKYLAB 2020,” a day and night party featuring a lineup of 29 of Austin’s top local artists. The SKYLAB 2020 event kicks off at 11 a.m. through 2 a.m. at Austin’s historic Scholz Garten, located at 1607 San Jacinto, Austin, Texas 78701.

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The City of Austin Announces Cancellation of SXSW 2020 March Events Due to the Coronavirus

Even though there were concerns and petitions to cancel the SXSW 2020 Conference and Festival due to the massive spread of the coronavirus as of this morning it was still on surprisingly! Announced today, March 6th and just one week before the infamous SXSW Conference and Festival, the City of Austin have canceled the March dates for SXSW and SXSW EDU. SXSW has stated today that they will faithfully follow the City’s directions.

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D’Addario Foundation and Guitar Center Work Together to Raise Funds for International Women’s Day 2020

D’Addario Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, and Guitar Center, the leading retailer of musical instruments, lessons, repairs and rentals in the U.S, have collaborated for the third year in a row to raise money on International Women’s Day in support of more girls in music.  On Sunday, March 8, 2020, 50% of the proceeds from all D’Addario products sold at Guitar Center or will be donated to the D’Addario Foundation’s Music Education for Girls Initiative.

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