Austin nonprofit Black Fret awarded $250,000 to local musicians at the fifth annual Black Fret Ball at ACL Live at The Moody Theatre on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. The figure raised the organization’s overall grants awarded to Austin musicians over the last five years past $1 million.
Grant recipients in the $20,000 category this year included Donovan Keith, Greyhounds, Los Coast, Jane Ellen Bryant, Jaimee Harris, Wood & Wire, Jeff Plankenhorn, Israel Nash, Shy Beast and Tomar & the FCs. $5,000 grant recipients included Texas KGB, Rebecca Loebe, Dave Scher, Palo Duro, Megafauna, A Giant Dog, Trouble in the Streets, Billy King & the Bad Bad Bad, Otis the Destroyer and Kalu & the Electric Joint. Fifteen of this year’s grant nominees performed on the program.
“Celebrating our city’s music with almost 2,000 Austinites at ACL Live at the Moody Theater was an incredible experience,” said Colin Kendrick, founder of Black Fret. “We hoped that someday we would hold our Black Fret Ball at ACL Live. Between having 15 bands play, awarding $250,000 in grants and having one heck of an after party we have hit a new high point in our year-end celebration of Austin music.”
“It was an honor to stand on that stage at ACL Live and help award $250,000 to our 20 2018 Black Fret Artists,” said Matt Ott, Black Fret co-founder. “It sets the stage for our biggest 2019 yet with more events planned than ever before. It all kicks off again on Jan. 19, 2019 and makes this the perfect time to join Black Fret, become a patron of local music and support our city and our incredible music scene.”
Black Fret is open to all patrons of music and those interested in becoming a member can find details at www.blackfret.org.