Aaron Behrens. Photo by Jay Janner / American-Statesman

After a ground-breaking first year capped by $10,000 grants to 10 Austin music acts, local music-patronage nonprofit Black Fret gears up for year two with a VIP event and membership drive on Jan. 24.

Aaron Behrens & The Midnight Stroll and the Digital Wild will perform at the event, which runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Gibson Brands Showroom in the Penn Field complex on South Congress. Membership is required to attend; new members can sign up at blackfret.org by paying the $1,500 annual dues, which includes access to all 2015 Black Fret events for the member and a guest.

Black Fret members — nearly 200 signed up last year — first  participate in a selection process to establish a list of grant nominees to be announced in March. They then attend private events throughout the year before voting on grant recipients, which are announced at the year-end Black Ball.

2014 recipients, who remain eligible for nomination in 2015 as well, were Amy Cook, Elizabeth McQueen, Erin Ivey, Gina Chavez, Graham Wilkinson, Lincoln Durham, Mother Falcon, Quiet Company, the Rocketboys and Wild Child.