Local music patronage organization Black Fret announced its 2015 grant nominees on Saturday evening at a members-only event. As with last year’s inaugural field, the initial list of nominations includes 20 local performers.
Those who received grants or were nominated last year are eligible again this year, as are artists who have not previously been nominated. Two 2014 recipients return in this year’s list: Gina Chavez and Mother Falcon. Two more acts on the list were nominated in 2014 but were not among the 10 who received grants: East Cameron Folkcore and Danny Malone.
New to the Black Fret nominees list this year are 16 acts: Aaron Behrens, Casey McPherson, Dan Dyer, Holiday Mountain, Jazz Mills, Max Frost, Migrant Kid, Nakia, Not in the Face, Riders Against the Storm, Ruby Jane, Shakey Graves, Shinyribs, Tameca Jones, the Digital Wild and the Nightowls.
Last November, Black Fret awarded $10,000 grants to 10 of its inaugural 20 nominees.”We do plan on awarding larger grants this year and hopefully more than the 10 we awarded last year,” Black Fret co-founder Matt Ott said via email Monday. “Exactly how much larger and how many more is a function of how many people decide to join us.” Ott said the organization currently has more than 200 members.
Black Fret members pay a $1,500 annual fee for the opportunity to nominate and vote on grant recipients. The nominees perform for members, advisors and fellow nominated musicians at Black Fret private events throughout the year. “We have plans for about two events a month at private homes, venues and recording studios” in 2015, Ott said. More information about the organization is available at its website and in a 2014 American-Statesman column.