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AMF Launches New Artist Development Program


The AMF Artist Development Program, launching January 2017, will equip emerging artists with the knowledge, focused tools, resources, and network to help increase their revenue, exposure, and professional opportunities

The Austin Music Foundation is thrilled to announce that “Feel the Love” is back for its third year. The popular expo, which featured over 20 music nonprofits and support organizations last year, is an annual event for professionals in the Austin music industry. Attendance is free and open to the public. The expo will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Emo’s located at 2015 E. Riverside Dr. The evening will be hosted by Matt Reilly, Program Director of KUTX. Participant registration is open to nonprofits and music support organizations only.  Interested organizations may apply here before Jan. 20. Participating nonprofits and music organizations will be announced in January. Attendees can RSVP here.

AMF is also very proud to announce the launch of its inaugural Artist Development Program. Designed by the Austin Music Foundation along with leading music industry professionals, the intensive seven-month program 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. Artists selected for the inaugural year are Charlie Faye, Gina Chavez, Jackie Venson, Jane Ellen Bryant, James Junius, Magna Carda, and Migrant Kids.

“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.”

“The Artist Development Program is a milestone achievement for AMF,” said Jennifer Dugas, AMF Programs Director. “We are excited to lead the way with innovative programs that now support musicians and music industry professionals at all stages of their careers.”

“I’m really excited to be working with The Austin Music Foundation’s Artist Development Program,” said Johnny Goudie, AMF Artist Consultant and Musician. “I feel like we’re working with some artists on the verge of ‘breaking out’ and we’ve developed a program that can help each of them, individually, be as prepared as they can when it happens.”


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