Black Fret, the local nonprofit that applies the patronage model that has sustained classic music for centuries to popular music forms, announced the 2018 class of  grant nominees at a party during the South by Southwest Music Festival.

Sabrina Ellis of A Giant Dog performs at the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Vic Mathias Shores at SXSW on Saturday March 17, 2018. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The Austin artists nominated for grants are  A Giant Dog, Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad, Dave Scher, Donovan Keith, Greyhounds, Israel Nash, Jaimee Harris, Jane Ellen Bryant, Jeff Plankenhorn, Kalu and the Electric Joint, Los Coast, Megafauna, Otis the Destroyer, Palo Duro, Rebecca Loebe, Shy Beast, The Texas KGB, Tomar and the FCs, Trouble in The Streets  and  Wood & Wire.

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Each year, ten of the twenty nominees receive large grants and the other ten receive smaller grants. In 2017, the grants were $18,000 and $5000 and winning artists included Jackie Venson, Warren Hood, Mobley and Bright Light Social Hour. The musicians can use the grant money toward recording and performance projects. In just over four years, the organization has paid out over one million dollars in grants and performance payments to local musicians.

Black Fret members pay $1,500 to join. They gain access to over 20 intimate concerts per year and vote on the grant recipients.  The organization was launched in 2014 by Matt Ott and Colin Kendrick,


Black Fret nominees in 2017
Black Fret nominees in 2016
Black Fret nominees in 2015