Each year more than twenty Nominees are invited to perform at a local music venue, private residence or other cool Austin location. These events represent unique opportunities for our members to meet and socialize in smaller groups with our musicians and then see them perform up close prior to casting their votes allocating grants.

In keeping with the finest of Austin traditions, we are committed to delivering premium experiences that are simple, egalitarian, fun and intimate. We strongly encourage a listening environment (no talking) when our artists are performing and hire the finest sound production companies in town. Events occur about twice a month and typically range between 100 and 300 hundred guests. As we grow the number of events rather than the size of events will increase. All events are member +1 guest.

Events are held at a wide range of locations including private residences overlooking the lake and hill country, downtown rooftops, some of the finest clubs in Austin, and rare invitation-only spaces such at The Gibson Showroom, Arlyn Studios and The Orb Recording Studio. It’s your chance to gett to know some of our city’s finest music venues, coolest private homes and hidden gems.

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Black Fret
PO Box 29628
Austin, TX 78755

Events are held at reasonable times with headliners starting at 8/9pm and occur in a wide range of cool Austin venues and private residences. Many feature free or discounted food and drink provided by sponsors including our fine friends at Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Ben Milam Bourbon, Ben E. Keith Distributors, County Line BBQ, Frank, and Shady Grove just to name a few.

While other non-profits hold a single large event a year designed mostly to acknowledge a few very wealthy donors and to solicit you for additional donations. We hold events of various sizes and formats throughout the year and, aside from the occasional silent auction, we promise we won’t ask Members for a single additional dollar at our Events. Black Fret’s Events are simply about gathering with good friends to enjoy Austin’s great live music.

To ensure these exclusive events are some of the finest our community has to offer, the Black Fret financial model allocates 20% of annual member dues to pay for these events. That works out to about $300 per member spent ensuring a great time.

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