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New Lyft program offers Austin musicians free rides to gigs

Staff Writer
Austin 360

In 2018, ride hailing service Lyft is branding itself as “The rideshare of Austin music.”

According to a press release published just before the new year, the company is now offering free rides to and from gigs to musicians playing at partner venues.

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“It’s expensive and difficult to park downtown, even harder for a working musician lugging gear,” Stephen Sternschein, owner of Empire Control Room and Garage said in the release. “Parking tickets, towing, and accidents can (and do) eat up every dollar a local musician just made on stage. We ought to do everything we can to fix this.”

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The program, which launched yesterday, is currently limited to three Austin partner venues, Empire Control Room, Stubb’s BBQ and Antone’s, but the company linked a a form to the press release to gather more information from additional clubs that would like to participate.