Fifth Annual Black Fret Ball Set for Friday Dec. 7

Austin nonprofit Black Fret has announced the date for the fifth annual Black Fret Ball, taking place Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 at ACL Live at The Moody Theatre. Doors for the event are at 6 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m. This crowning event of the year, where all 20 nominees will be awarded a Black Fret grant, will include performances by many of the 2018 Black Fret Nominees. This year’s 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. Anyone wishing to attend the Black Fret Ball may become a member of Black Fret by signing up at All Black Fret memberships provide entry for the member and a guest to all upcoming Black Fret events as well. For more info on Black Fret, please go to

“It is a huge milestone for Black Fret to award over a million dollars in grants to Austin musicians in just five years of giving,” said Black Fret Founder Colin Kendrick. “It’s a testament to the passion Austinites feel for their music.”

2018 Black Fret Nominee Shy Beast
2018 Black Fret Nominee Shy Beast


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. To date, Black Fret has awarded $830,000 in grant dollars to local Austin artists and will award another $250,000 the night of the 2018 Black Fret Ball. 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 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.

This year’s Black Fret Ball will be sponsored by Deloitte, Dell and NY Life, with additional sponsors to be announced. Individual and corporate sponsor packages are still available for the event. Please contact for information.

“To stand on stage at ACL Live at the Moody Theater and award a quarter million dollars in grants to our amazing class of nominees is a true honor,” said Black Fret Co-founder Matt Ott. “Sharing that stage as emcee not only with the artists but also with the Black Fret members, Advisory Board members, partners, sponsors and volunteers who will help award these grants is proof that our great city is building a true community to support our local music.”

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