Kicking off a five-day run of livestreamed shows, local music patron organization Black Fret announced its 20 official nominees for this year’s grant program. Ten will receive major grants at the end of the year, with the other 10 receiving minor grants.
The nominees are: Alesia Lani, Ali Holder, Altamesa, Barbara Nesbitt, Bayonne, Belle Sounds, Carrie Rodriguez, Cilantro Boombox, Croy & the Boys, Darkbird, Dossey, Dr. Joe, Henry Invisible, Love & Chaos, Moving Panoramas, Nane, Nobody’s Girl, Sam Houston & Blk Odyssy, Sir Woman, and Think No Think.
Last year, the major grants were $20,000, with minor grants of $7,000. Black Fret has awarded $1.7 million in grants since its inception in 2014. A second chapter of the organization was launched in Seattle last year.
Performing Tuesday for the first night of Austin Love & Lightstream, which is being livestreamed with no audience at Scholz Garten in accord with city regulations during the coronavirus pandemic, were Moving Panoramas, Henry Invisible, Cary Hutson & Good Company, Sir Woman, Croy & the Boys and the Greyhounds. Wednesday’s lineup will feature Gordy Quist & Evan Charles (4 p.m.), Tomar & the FCs (5 p.m.), Barbara Nesbitt (6 p.m.), Belle Sounds (7 p.m.), Sam Houston & Blk Odyssy (8 p.m.) and Alesia Lani (9 p.m.). Lineups for the following three days are still to be announced.