Image Above: Black Fret team, mentors and nominees at the 2018 Black Fret Ball

With over $1.5 million in grants and direct payments made to Austin acts,
Black Fret continues to empower artists and support local music;
2019 Black Fret Ball to award an additional $250,000 in grants to 20 artists

juice consulting(AUSTIN, TEXAS – Nov. 13, 2019, source: Juice Consulting) – Austin-based nonprofit Black Fret is proud to announce the sixth annual Black Fret Ball,taking place Saturday, Dec. 7 at ACL Live at The Moody Theatre (310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd, Austin, Texas 78701). Doors for the event are at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. Media are invited to attend a special red carpet beginning at 5 p.m. sharp. The Black Fret Ball is the nonprofit’s yearly capstone event, where the nonprofit’s 2019 nominated artists will each be awarded a coveted Black Fret grant. The event will also include performances by over a dozen 2019 Black Fret Nominees. Those wishing to attend the Black Fret Ball may become a member of Black Fret by signing up at www.blackfret.org/join; and all Black Fret memberships provide entry for the member and a guest to all upcoming Black Fret events. For more info on Black Fret, please go to www.blackfret.org.

2019 Black Fret nominees include A. Sinclair, Altamesa, Beat Root Revival, Black Pumas, Cari Hutson & Good Company, Cilantro Boombox, Dave Scher, Dr. JOE, Erika Wennerstrom, Go Fever, Good Field, Jonathan Terrell, Ley Line, Superfónicos, Sydney Wright, The Texas KGB, The Watters, Think No Think, Tje Austin and Western Youth.

This year’s Black Fret Ball will be sponsored by Dell, Deloitte, Ben E. Keith, Domain Northside, Cam Solar, Personify, GSD&M, Canoa Systems, KUTX, ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Good Wolf Productions and Juice Consulting.

“Black Fret is a great way to celebrate and support our local music,” said Matt Ott, Co-founder of Black Fret. “And the Black Fret Ball is an incredible way to experience it. To see over 15 bands perform on one stage in one night, bringing all their diverse sounds to ACL Live at the Moody Theater, is a huge testament to the breadth of talent and amazing music being made in our city.”

“Every year that our members step up to join or renew their membership to Black Fret makes a huge difference to our city and it’s musicians,” said Colin Kendrick, Founder of Black Fret. “Austin without music is an entirely different place. It is up to us to make sure we value and support all the things that make our city so great. I’m proud that Black Fret has been able to make a positive impact on the lives of so many musicians and music fans.”

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Backstage shot from the 2018 Black Fret Ball

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 almost $1.5 million in grants and direct payments to local Austin acts. Black Fret grant recipients unlock their grant dollars by writing, recording and performing new music and by providing community services to other area nonprofits.

In addition to their grants, all Black Fret Nominees have continued access to one-on-one mentoring from Black Fret’s Advisory Board, which consists of some of Austin’s top music industry leaders. Advisors include Mark Addison, Heather Alden, Codey Allen, Roggie Baer, Evan Blanc, Pat Cassidy, Reenie Collins, Mike Crowley, Jen Dalton, Wofford Denius, CJ Eiriksson, Jim Eno, Danny Gillespie, Tom Gimble, Will Hoffman, Terrany Johnson, Layne Lauritzen, Ted Lowe, Davis McLarty, Marsha Milam, Matt Noveskey, Tim Palmer, Michael Ramos, Peter Schwarz, Chris “Frenchie” Smith, Carlos Sosa, Joe Stallone, Stuart Sullivan, Heather Wagner Reed, Dick Reeves, Graham Williams, Kevin Wommack and Rusty Zagst. For more information, please see here: Black Fret Advisors

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Last year, Austin nonprofit Black Fret awarded $250,000 to local musicians at the fifth annual Black Fret Ball at ACL Live at The Moody Theatre. The show featured live performances by 15 of the 20 grant nominees for 2018. The grant recipients who each received $20,000 include Donovan Keith, Greyhounds, Los Coast, Jane Ellen Bryant, Jaimee Harris, Wood & Wire, Jeff Plankenhorn, Israel Nash, Shy Beast and Tomar & the FCs. $5,000 grant recipients include Texas KGB, Rebecca Loebe, Dave Scher, Palo Duro, Megafauna, A Giant Dog, Trouble in the Streets, Billy King & the Bad Bad Bad, Otis the Destroyer and Kalu & the Electric Joint.

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Photo from the 2018 Black Fret Ball

About Black Fret:

Founded in 2013, Black Fret is a public charity headquartered in Austin whose mission is to empower musicians to create and perform new music. The organization is an innovative evolution of the age-old symphony patronage model that is focused on supporting popular local music. Together, Black Fret’s limited membership will build an endowed institution capable of sustaining more than $1 million dollars a year in grants to Austin’s artists. Annual Black Fret member dues are $1,500, breaking down to about $100 a month after taxes. Many members have access to a corporate charitable giving match program (such as offered by Dell, Apple and other major employers) that can reduce the monthly cost to less than $50 a month. In return for annual dues, members enjoy a broad range of private events including monthly shows in intimate venues and an incredible annual awards show named The Black Fret Ball. Grant recipients are selected annually through a yearlong process where members, advisors and prior grant recipients nominate, lobby for, see performances by and finally vote on their favorite artists. Those who wish to become a member of Black Fret can sign up at www.blackfret.org/join. All memberships provide entry for the member and a guest to all upcoming 2019 Black Fret events, including the Black Fret Ball.

For inquiries, please email sustain@blackfret.org and for more info see www.blackfret.org.

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MEDIA NOTE:

To request interviews regarding the Black Fret Ball for pre-coverage, to attend the red carpet or to request working media credentials for the Dec. 7 event, please contact:

Heather Wagner Reed
713 208 3891
heather@juiceconsulting.com

Tyler Ostby
210 854 9119
tyler@juiceconsulting.com