New nonprofit, Music Moves Austin launches with voter engagement efforts

A new music nonprofit, Music Moves Austin launched on Monday with a mission to “engage the broader Austin music community and advocate for the preservation and empowerment of Austin’s musicians, music businesses, culture, and communities.”

Mobley performs at The Main II on Red River Street during SXSW 2017. Tom McCarthy Jr. for American-Statesman

The new group brings together representatives from Austin Music People, the Red River Merchants Association, the Urban Artist Alliance, the Music Venue Alliance, EQ Austin, C3 Presents, and South by Southwest. It will be led by Nick Shuley, who previously worked with the Austin music nonprofit All ATX.

The group plans to register voters at local music venues, shops, and festivals before the election in November. They will also host a series of forums with city council and mayoral candidates on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 at Antone’s. Following the election, they plan to maintain an email list to keep music supporters in the know when issues that affect the scene show up on the agenda at City Council meetings.

“Music is the soul of Austin. It is who we are, and the city’s rich cultural and musical heritage is why many of us choose Austin as our home.,” Shuley said in a statement about the new group. “It is vital for the sustainability of our town’s cultural fabric that those moved by Austin’s music have a voice in city government and work hand-in-hand with elected officials to find solutions to foster and support musicians, music businesses, and the greater music community as a whole.”

More information about the group is available at musicmovesaustin.org.

Here’s the schedule for the candidate forums Music Moves Austin will host at Antone’s (305 E. Fifth St.):

●      District 3 candidates, Monday, October 1st at 6 p.m.

●      Mayoral candidates, Monday, October 1st at 7:15 p.m.

●      District 1 candidates, Tuesday, October 2nd at 6 p.m.

●      District 8 candidates, Tuesday, October 2nd at 7 p.m.

●      District 9 candidates, Tuesday, October 2nd at  8 p.m.

 


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