Black Fret, a public charity headquartered in Austin whose mission is to empower musicians to create and perform great new music, has announced its sixth class of artists. The 2019 nominees are A. Sinclair, Altamesa, Beat Root Revival, Black Pumas, Cari Hutson & Good Company, Cilantro Boombox, Dave Scher, Dr. Joe, Erika Wennerstrom, Go Fever, Good Field, Jonathan Terrell, Ley Line, Superfonicos, Sydney Wright, The Texas KGB, The Watters, Think No Think, Tje Austin, and Western Youth.
Founded in 2013, the organization is an innovative evolution of the age-old symphony patronage model that is focused on supporting popular local music. Black Fret’s limited membership seeks to build an endowed institution capable of sustaining more than a million dollars a year in grants to Austin musicians.
Black Fret Members gain access for two to over 20 unique performance events each year, pay annual dues to fund artist grants and performances, and are eligible to participate in the Artist Selection Process.
Black Fret grants are directed by a yearlong Artist Selection Process, where Members nominate exceptional artists, gather to see them perform in interesting venues all over the city, and vote to allocate grants awarded at the spectacular Black Fret Ball in December.
Black Fret grant recipients unlock their grant dollars by writing, recording and performing new music and by providing community services to other area nonprofits. To date, Black Fret has awarded over $1 million in grants to local Austin artists. These grants have resulted in 646 U.S. tour dates, 328 songs written, 329 songs recorded, 151 charitable performances, 137 songs and videos released and 88 international tour dates. 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.
Over the next decade, Black Fret will fund hundreds of bands and thousands of new songs while building a new Austin institution capable of supporting the sustained artistic, cultural and economic growth of Austin and the artists who call our city home.
For more information, visit blackfret.org.