City of Austin announces bond for Creative Space Community Survey and assistance grant program —
August 11, 2020

City of Austin announces bond for Creative Space Community Survey and assistance grant program

The City of Austin’s $12M Bond for Creative Space Community Survey is now open, part of a new Joint Arts and Music Commissions Creative Space Engagement Process webpage via Speak Up Austin.

The survey is collecting public feedback as a springboard for discussion while a plan is formulated on how best to move forward with utilizing the $12 million. The City of Austin Economic Development Department’s Cultural Arts and Music & Entertainment Divisions will also consider the latest results from the Cultural Arts Division’s ongoing Creative Space Survey to help inform the discussion. A process for using these funds must be established before any specific projects or uses can be identified and knowing what the community sees as priority needs will help guide this process.

The full URL for the survey is

The City also recently launched a joint funding initiative to help preserve and grow spaces for Austin creatives.  The Creative Space Assistance Program (CSAP), is a new grant program that stems from the 2016 Austin Music & Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution and Art Space Assistance Program which identified lack of affordable space for artists as a priority concern.

The new CSAP initiative expands eligibility to for-profit live music venues, performance spaces, and art galleries, in addition to, arts-focused nonprofits.  CSAP aims to provide direct support to qualifying creative organizations facing temporary or permanent displacement, or to organizations previously displaced.

The CSAP is being launched with $750,000 in funding.  Organizations may apply for a financial assistance grant of up to $50,000 to defray rent hikes, property acquisition costs, or other space-related needs.  The grants will be made on a competitive basis, and priority will be given to organizations confronting immediate and critical needs. Nonprofits serving historically underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply. A Grant Review Committee comprised of public and private sector leaders in the arts, banking, and real estate sectors will evaluate the applications and make final recommendations for awards.

Information Meetings are:  March 19, 2 – 3:30 p.m.; March 25, 2 – 3:30 p.m. at City Hall Boards & Commission Room, 301 W. 2nd Street.

Deadline to Submit Eligibility Requirements is March 29. Deadline to Apply is April 30. Awards are announced the week of May 20.

Interested applicants are welcome to attend an information meeting on the CSAP program on either March 19 or March 25, 2019 at 2 P.M. in the Boards and Commission Room at Austin City Hall, 301 West 2nd Street. The meeting on March 19 will also be broadcast live on ATXN, the City of Austin’s television station, and recorded and posted on the website shortly after the event.

For more information, including guidelines and eligibility, please visit or contact Kim McCarson, Music and Entertainment Division Economic and Business Liaison, at 512.974.7963 or at

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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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