Black Fret to host its fourth annual ball benefiting local musicians —
August 5, 2020

Black Fret to host its fourth annual ball benefiting local musicians

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Black Fret Nominee Jackie Venson

Austin nonprofit Black Fret will hold its fourth annual Black Fret Ball Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Paramount Theatre. The evening will be a celebration of the 2017 season culminating in the announcement of the 2017 Black Fret Artists, with performances by many of this year’s nominees.

Last year, Black Fret gave out $220,000 in grants to local musicians. It awarded $150,000 in 2015 and $130,000 in its 2014 season.

“This fourth Black Fret Ball will be the cap on an amazing 2017 season,” said Matt Ott, Co-Founder of Black Fret. “We’ve awarded $500,000 over the last three Black Fret Balls and are honored to deliver grants to all of our 2017 Black Fret Nominees at the Paramount.”

The 2017 Black Fret Nominees include Akina Adderley, Black Pistol Fire, Bright Light Social Hour, Carolyn Wonderland, Cowboy Diplomacy, Croy and the Boys, Daniel Eyes, David Ramirez, Eric Tessmer, Greyhounds, Jackie Venson, Jane Ellen Bryant, Kinky Machine, Leopold and his Fiction, Los Coast, Mobley, Sarah Sharp, The Deer, Warren Hood and Whiskey Shivers.

Black Fret is a public charity headquartered in Austin whose mission is to empower musicians to create and perform great new music. The organization is an innovative evolution of the age-old symphony patronage model that is focused on supporting popular local music. Black Fret grant recipients unlock their grant dollars by writing, recording and performing new music and by providing community services to other area nonprofits.

In addition to their grants, all Black Fret Nominees have continued access to one-on-one mentoring from Black Fret’s Advisory Board, which consists of some of Austin’s top music industry leaders.

Anyone wishing to attend the Black Fret Ball may become a member of Black Fret by signing up online. All Black Fret memberships provide entry for the member and a guest to all upcoming Black Fret events in the coming year. To sign up and for more information, please see

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Merideth is a music writer who has covered bands from her hometown in Colorado to London to Bangkok to Shanghai and finally back to Austin. Led Zeppelin changed her life. So did Dolly Parton. You can read her music reviews at

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