AMF Presents The Next & Best at 3TEN ACL Live

The Austin Music Foundation hosted its Next & Best FUN-raising mixer last Wednesday at 3TEN ACL Live showcasing back-to-back performances by their inaugural Artist Development Program graduates. The event and silent auction featured live performances by Jackie Venson, Magna Carda, Gina Chavez, Jane Ellen Bryant, Migrant Kids, Charlie Faye and The Fayettes and James Junius.

Austin Music Foundation (AMF) is a nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen and connect the local music industry and community with innovative programs that empower music professionals and music businesses within Austin’s creative economy. The innovative organization offers free education specifically tailored to today’s music business climate. With expert panels, consultations, mentoring, and mixers, AMF’s programs provide the necessary tools and opportunities to help the Austin music industry succeed. Since 2002, AMF has helped over 15,000 musicians and music industry professionals and remains committed to ensuring that Austin’s creative class and music industry thrive.

AMF’s Artist Development Program provides musicians with the advanced knowledge and tools they need to navigate the music industry and build their careers. The program consists of panels, workshops, networking event and career consultations. The artists can focus on being artists while AMF handles jump-starting the financial and logistical aspects of pioneering a career in the music industry.

The Next & Best silent auction granted an array of winnings from Yeti coolers to tickets to several local venues such as ACL Live, Emo’s, Stubb’s and Hotel Van Zandt that retail between $300-$500. All event proceeds went towards the Austin Music Foundation and the advancement of its mission. The event provided fans with the opportunity to see several of their favorite local artists and mingle amongst the Next & Best in Austin music.

Check out some of the event highlights below captured by Anie Walsh and listen to The Next Playlist from AMF’s Spotify at the bottom.



Photos by: Anie Walsh @aniewalshphotography

Mood Live Series With Gina Chavez Photo Review

Austin Music Foundation and Mood Media kicked off their Mood Live Series on Tuesday at the Mean Eyed Cat with an incredible performance by Latin soul artist Gina Chavez. The collaborative monthly music showcase will continue to feature artists participating in AMF’s Artist Development Program with upcoming performances by Charlie Faye, Jackie Venson, Jane Ellen Bryant, James Junius, Magna Carda and Migrant Kids.

Designed by the Austin Music Foundation along with leading music industry professionals, the Artist Development Program is an intensive seven-month program that will prepare a select group of emerging artists for the next step in their careers by providing advanced-level business education, expert mentoring, and high-visibility opportunities. The program will involve monthly classroom-focused group sessions along with tailored breakout sessions between artists and mentors.

“The Austin Music Foundation has been a catalyst for incredible growth for artists in the local music scene,” said Jackie Venson, participating artist. “This targeted program is a collaboration of talent and resources, and I’m very excited to be a part of it.”

“AMF is meeting the needs identified within the Austin Music Census,” said Danny Gillespie, Austin Music Foundation Board of Directors President. “By applying our industry expertise and building on the organization’s existing artist support services, which include free educational panels and ongoing consultations, the Artist Development Program will prepare seven local artists at pivotal stages in their music careers for an optimal future.”

Track Rambler photographer Demetrius Judkins Jr. was on hand at the Mood Live Series with Gina Chavez and captured these fantastic photos below.

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Photos by: Demetrius Judkins Jr.


Austin Music Foundation Launches ‘1645 Live’, MIC Program Winners & More

Austin Music Foundation is proud to announce the launch of a new music series, “1645 Live,” in partnership with C3 Presents. The sessions will take place at C3’s home office and feature performances by AMF Artist Development Program (ADP) participants and other local bands. “We are excited to work with AMF on this series and showcase some of the biggest talent coming out of Austin right now,” said Kristyn Ciani, C3 Presents Talent Buyer. “This is a fun way for us to remain at the forefront of what’s happening right here in our hometown and also allows us to connect to the artists in a more personal way.”

“1645 Live” will give emerging local artists the unique opportunity to perform in front of staff and friends of C3 Presents in a casual setting. “The idea for this series came from discussions with C3 about how we can work together to bring tangible opportunities to Austin’s most promising acts, and in a way that’s really special,” said Jennifer Dugas, Austin Music Foundation Programs Director. “We’re connecting local emerging artists to industry, but taking it a step further by creating an intimate space for them to showcase their talent in front of a captive audience of influencers.”

The series kicks off on April 19 with performances by Mayeux & Broussard and AMF ADP participant Gina Chavez and is sponsored in part by Austin Eastciders and Guns & Oil Brewing.

AMF is thrilled to announce the winners of its Music Industry Collaborative (MIC) Program awards. Destinee Ware (owner of One-2-One Bar), Chaka Mpeanaji (founder of Divine & Conjure Enterprises, Riders Against the Storm and RAS Day) and Dave Blue (founder of Spotcaller) each received $4,330 for a combined $13,000 in grants. MIC is a six-month program that provides strategies to grow and improve music businesses through a structured small group setting that also encourages peer-to-peer assistance. The program provides opportunities for participants to meet with business leaders and entrepreneurs who will share their expertise and experience.

“Through six months of intensive mentoring, instruction and soul-searching during the MIC program, Austin music business entrepreneurs are able to improve their businesses and themselves while making real connections with others,” said Brad Stein, Austin Music Foundation Board of Directors Vice President.

“MIC will put you in the room with the smartest minds of Austin Music, giving you fresh ideas on how your business can connect with the community,” said Dave Blue, founder of Spotcaller.

“Having been in business for over 13 years, the one thing I strive for is to continue learning and growing as a business owner and [the MIC Program] provided just that,” said Destinee Ware, owner of One-2-One Bar. “The mentors that donated their time to come and talk with us and just getting to know my fellow classmates was such a rewarding experience, I can’t thank AMF enough!”

“Conversations at the MIC program with AMF mentors and attendees led me to a much greater understanding of my strongest assets as a brand and business,” said Chaka Mpeanaji, owner of Divine and Conjure Enterprises. “From the beginning, I felt that AMF honored my contributions to the Austin music community with a sincere interest to help me be even more productive and successful. In 2016, my company paid more than 300 artists, musicians, designers, editors, videographers and engineers. Investment in people that create this type of opportunity in Austin is exactly where it’s at.”

Over the past two years of MIC, AMF and its program partners have awarded a total of $26,000 to five small music business owners. “AMF could not be more thankful to the MIC program sponsors, DTB Partners, who have provided their expertise as well as support of this program and individual grants to now five music business owners,” added Brad Stein.

The Music Industry Collaborative is an applicant-based mentoring program designed for active entrepreneurs with existing music-related businesses. For more information, visit

The Wine Down, presented by The Dreaming Tree, is back at 3TEN ACL Live for 2017 in partnership with the 2ND Street District, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau and KUTX with proceeds once again going to the Austin Music Foundation. Taking place on the last Wednesday of the month from April through September, The Wine Down will feature a different restaurant, band, local shopping and happy hour priced glasses of wine featuring The Dreaming Tree. The first event in the series will be kicking off on Wednesday, April 26 from 5-8 p.m. with music by Jonathan Terrell, bites by Alimentari 28 and a pop-up shop by Sikara & Co. For more info and to see the rest of the dates in the series, visit

Austin Music Foundation is excited to announce a new partnership with Independence Brewing for the brewery’s popular “First Saturday” events. Each month, AMF will work with Independence to curate a music showcase lineup featuring two opening acts followed by a headliner playing from 6-7 p.m., during which time a portion of sales from the tap room will directly benefit the Austin Music Foundation. The collaboration was a natural fit for AMF and Independence, a brewery that over the past 13 years has maintained a close connection with and support of musicians, artists and important local organizations that promote the arts. The next event will take place on Saturday, May 6 and will feature Austin Music Foundation’s May Artist of the Month, Skye Strickler. Brewery doors open at 1 p.m. and music will start at 4 p.m. with Skye performing from 6-7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome but must be 21 and up to drink.