City of Austin posts music manager job

Don Pitts resigned as Austin’s music manager earlier this year. (Rodolfo Gonzalez / American-Statesman)

The city of Austin has kicked off its search for a new music manager.

Don Pitts, who has held that spot since 2010, turned in his resignation earlier this year.

He made $95,180.80, according to city records.

A job posting from the city’s Economic Development Department says the ideal candidate will have “strong communication skills and music industry experience.”

“Austin is a rapidly growing world class city located in the Texas Hill Country and known for its lakes, parks, music and high tech/college town vitality,” the posting says, in part. “A report commissioned by Austin Music People published in 2016 indicated the music industry has a $1.8 billion economic impact to the Austin community. Along with day-to-day operations and management of the Music and Entertainment Division, candidates can expect to work on developing and integrating various music industry subsectors, strategies to increase the income of Austin musicians and foster compatibility between music venues and residents.

“Austin is just one of a handful of cities with a specific resource allocation to music industry development. Initially established in 2010, the Music and Entertainment Division today has a budget of over $800,000 and consists of nine full-time employees. Candidates for this position will ideally have knowledge in municipal government practices, economic development principles, along with music industry experience.”

Interested? Don’t wait. Applications must be submitted by May 14.

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