At a press breakfast in his home Tuesday morning, Austin Chronicle co-founder Louis Black named Susan Antone, who’s had a strong hand in her brother’s namesake club for many years, as the first recipient of the Margaret Moser Award.
“There were no other names mentioned,” said Black. He described unanimous enthusiasm about honoring Antone from the Austin Music Awards committee, a group that includes Chronicle staff members and leaders of the local music scene.
The award is named after the Chronicle’s longtime music writer who also directed the alt-weekly’s Austin Music Awards for 32 years. It’s designed to honor a “living legend with deep roots in the community” who has demonstrated passion and dedication to the Austin music scene.
Moser spoke warmly about her longtime friend’s contributions to Antone’s, outwardly and behind the scenes. “She had a camera and she started capturing these images coming out of Antone’s,” Moser said, describing a series of intimate portraits of the aging blues legends Antone’s helped support. Later Antone emerged as a community leader, carrying on her brother’s Help Clifford Help Kids program benefiting American Youthworks.
Antone will be presented the award at the Austin Music Awards on Wednesday, March 16 at the Hilton Austin, Grand Ballroom. The ceremony will also feature a series of Austin music super groups including a SIMS 20th anniversary celebration, honoring the mental health non-profit founded after the suicide of rising Austin musician Sims Ellison in 1995. Sims’ brother Kyle Ellison, the evening’s musical director, acclaimed guitarist Charlie Sexton and Spoon frontman Britt Daniel are among the performers who will join in the SIMS celebration.
KUTX DJ Paul Ray, who died in January, will also be honored at the event. Sexton said a very special guest will take part in the tribute to Ray, someone so prominent everyone involved in the ceremony has been sworn to secrecy.