Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 8, 2014
Black Fret, a nonprofit with the mission to "empower musicians to create and perform great new music," has announced 20 nominees for its 2014 grant program. The organization, co-founded by Colin Kendrick and Matt Ott, launched earlier this year with a VIP party and founding member drive. The group intends to evolve "the age-old symphony patronage model" to create a program focused on supporting popular local music. Reaching the goal of 100 members who pay an annual fee of $1500 put the funds in place for the organization to award 10 $10,000 grants this year.
The 20 nominated artists are Amy Cook, Danny Malone, Dawn and Hawkes, East Cameron Folkcore, Elias Haslanger and Church on Monday, Elizabeth McQueen, Emily Bell, Erin Ivey, Gina Chavez, Graham Wilkinson, Jitterbug Vipers, Jonny Gray, Lincoln Durham, Little Radar, Mother Falcon, Quiet Company, The Rocketboys, The Whiskey Sisters, Wild Child and Zeale. The next six months will be a "listening period" and Black Fret members will be provided with opportunities to hear the artists perform and vote for the artists who they believe should receive the grants. The ten grant recipients will be selected in November and announced at Black Fret’s inaugural gala, The Black Ball. The grant recipients will gain access to their award funds in 2015. They will be able to use the money for things like studio time and touring. The artists will also have access to one on one time with Black Fret mentors.
The next public Black Fret event will take place on Saturday, April 26 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Uncle Billy’s Brew and Que located at 1530 Barton Springs Road, featuring Black Fret nominee Dawn and Hawkes with Reed Turner opening.