The City of Austin Economic Development Department announced today that it's offering $4.5 million in support to local businesses and artists through its 2024 Austin Live Music Fund. Music venues as bars and night clubs are eligible for some of the available funding, according to a statement on the city's website:

The program offers grants of $15,000 or $30,000 to Austin’s professional musicians, bands, and independent promoters as well as $30,000 or $60,000 grants for live music venues to support eligible promoted music activities. Grant awards may cover eligible expenses for activities aimed at attracting visiting and potential tourists, as well as convention delegates to Austin. These activities include live and online music events, studio and video production, merchandise sales, music broadcasting, and more. The application for the Austin Live Music Fund will open Tuesday, May 21 at 10 a.m. and will close on Tuesday, June 18 at 7 p.m.

Supporting our local music industry isn’t just an investment in entertainment; it is an investment in the soul and prosperity of our city," said the Economic Development Department's Sylnovia Holt-Rabb.

Live music venue applicants must be located within Austin or its extraterritorial jurisdiction. Eligible professional musicians and independent promoter applicants must live in the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and scored according to limited access to services, local economic impact, programming and outreach, accessibility, and past access to city of Austin support.

Applications for the Austin Live Music Fund can be submitted from May 21 through June 18.