Black Fret Announces 2018 Grant Nominees

Last week, Austin nonprofit Black Fret announced its 2018 Nominees. The Nominees include A Giant Dog, Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad, Dave Scher, Donovan Keith, Greyhounds, Israel Nash, Jaimee Harris, Jane Ellen Bryant, Jeff Plankenhorn, Kalu and the Electric Joint, Los Coast, Megafauna, Otis the Destroyer, Palo Duro, Rebecca Loebe, Shy Beast, The Texas KGB, Tomar and the FCs, Trouble in The Streets and Wood & Wire.

“Naming our fifth group of Black Fret Nominees after awarding over $1 million in grants and performance payments in just over four years is a great milestone,” said Colin Kendrick, Black Fret Founder. “Incredible musicians continue to call Austin, Texas home and the citizens of our fine city continue to step up by becoming members of Black Fret to support our amazing music scene.”

Black Fret 2018 Nominee Los Coast

“It’s amazing what happens when you ask for help and seek professional advice in this city. Austin’s music community is so supportive, and as a band, we have greatly benefited from it,” said Mariclaire Glaser of 2018 Black Fret Nominee Shy Beast. “What an honor it is to be nominated as a Black Fret Artist this year! We are ecstatic and have a newfound wind in our sails.”

Taylor Wilkins of 2018 Black Fret Nominee Otis the Destroyer added, “I’ve been watching the organization grow and help many artists throughout the years and it’s a privilege to be included among them. I’m looking forward to pushing this project even further with all the great resources Black Fret provides and feel incredibly lucky to have been chosen.”

“Black Fret’s upcoming Listening Season is going to be excellent,” said Erin Ivey, Black Fret’s Director of Member Experience and 2014 Black Fret Artist. “With such a great class of Nominees, each event will be a one-of-a-kind experience Black Fret is known for.”

Black Fret 2018 Nominee A Giant Dog

Black Fret announced the 2018 Nominees on March 14 to over 1,000 music supporters at an event at GSD&M Headquarters in Austin, Texas, while enjoying performances from past Black Fret Artists Brownout (2016 Black Fret Artist), Migrant Kids (2015 Black Fret Artist), Nakia (2015, 2016 Black Fret Artist), Ruby and the Reckless (2015 Black Fret Artist) and Swimming With Bears (2016 Black Fret Artist). Austin-based act The Band of Heathens kicked off the festivities.

“We have been overjoyed to see our community grow year after year,” said Matt Ott, Black Fret Co-founder. “We have an amazing season planned for everyone involved; more events for our members, more support for our Artists and more grants to be awarded at this year’s Black Fret Ball in December. We invite all Austinites who love their city and its music to join us and become a Member of Black Fret.”

The 2018 “Listening Season” will be filled with private listening events for Members, featuring performances by 2018 Nominees, leading to the awarding of major or minor grants to all twenty Nominees at the Black Fret Ball in December.

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