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Beat Root Revival, Superfónicos, Sydney Wright among Black Fret $20,000 grant recipients

Deborah Sengupta Stith, dsengupta@statesman.com
Superfónicos were among the artists who were awarded $20,000 Black Fret grants. [NELL CARROLL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

On Saturday, Austin arts patronage organization, Black Fret awarded $250,000 in grants to Austin musicians at the annual Black Fret ball.

Each year, members of the organization select 20 artists who will receive grants. Through the year, the artists perform a series of Black Fret house concerts and events and members are able vote on their favorites. Of the 20, the top 10 receive a major grant and the other 10 receive a smaller grant. This year the top recipients received grants of $20,000.

Roots duo Beat Root Revival, cumbia powerhouse Superfónicos and indie pop singer Sydney Wright, who released her album “Seiche” in November of last year, after recovering from a hit and run accident she suffered in June, were among the major grant recipients.

Red hot rock ’n’ soul act, Black Pumas also received $20,000, but the band donated the money back to Black Fret, which allowed the organization to bump the value of the smaller grants from $5000 to $7000.

Here are the artists who received $20,000 grants this year:

Beat Root Revival

The Texas KGB (now called “Madam Radar”)

Western Youth

Superfonicos

The Watters

Dave Scher

Cari Hutson & Good Company

Ley Line

Sydney Wright

And here are the artists who won $7000 grants:

Cilantro Boombox

A. Sinclair

Altamesa

Dr. JOE

Erika Wennerstrom

Go Fever

Good Field

Jonathan Terrell

Think No Think

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