The Venues

In this episode, you'll hear from the owners two Austin venues. Brodie Elkins tells the story of Scratchouse which closed due to the pandemic. Then Maggie Lea and Tamara Hoover talk about how they've kept their venue, Cheer Up Charlies, afloat and explain what it's been like to get ready to reopen. Listen on The Apple Podcasts App, Spotify Follow Cheer Up Charlies: Instagram and Twitter Resources: Music Venue Alliance Austin Red River Cultural District National Independent Venue Alliance Amplified Sound Coalition Austin Texas Musicians Other articles: 'We Deserve To Be Saved': Austin Music Venues Rally For City-Backed Relief Fund" by Andrew Weber "In Live Music Capital of the World, venues feel let down by Austin" by Deborah Sengupta Stith"

Prepared for the Worst: Being a Musician During COVID-19

From finances to healthcare access, being a musician during a pandemic isn't easy – even in the Live Music Capital of the World. In episode two of Pause//Play, the new podcast from KUT/KUTX Studios, Austin musicians Mobley and TEDDYTHELEGACY tell their stories of survival and creativity. Video by Julia Riehs

The Musicians

In this episode you'll hear the pandemic stories of two Austin Musicians — Mobley and Teddythelegacy. You'll find out how their ability to access financial help has impacted their lives, what creative projects they've been working on and hear their perspectives on the uprisings for racial justice. Listen to this Episode of Pause/Play Listen on The Apple Podcasts App, Spotify Unemployment Resources: Velissa Chapa: Texas Workforce Commission Employer Gwen Seale Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts Austin Texas Musicians Other Austin Grants The DAWA Fund Banding Together Health Resources The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians aka HAAM Mental Health Resources The SIMS Foundation: Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery for Musicians, Music Industry and their Families Check out Mobley's curated reading list for the Austin Public Library — James Crow, a Songwriters Reader Listen to the music featured in Episode Two of Pause/Play

The Pause

What happened to Austin's live music scene after the shutdown of SXSW? On March 6th, 2020 the Austin City government canceled SXSW. That decision had an economic ripple effect throughout the city. It also marked the true beginning of the COVID-19 crisis for Austin. In this episode, hosts Miles Bloxson and Elizabeth McQueen explore why Austin calls itself the Live Music Capital of the World. They'll look at the effect that the cancellation of SXSW and the subsequent shut down of the bars had on Austin through the experiences of some of the musicians, venue owners, venue staff, and music non-profits who make up this live music ecosystem. Listen on The Apple Podcasts App, Spotify In this episode you'll hear the voices of: Mobley Reenie Collins — CEO of The Heath Alliance of Austin Musicians J Soulja Brodie Elkins Stephanie Begara Pat Buchta — Executive Director of Austin Texas Musicians Ray Benson Nakia Michael Hall Cody Cowan — Executive Director of the Red River Cultural District Qunicy Dunlap — President and CEO of the Austin Urban League Mélat Hope Irish Maggie Lea and Tamara Hoover — owners of Cheer Up Charlies Homer Hill — Executive Director of the Urban Music Fest TeddytheLegacy Lars Russell Jackie Venson

Pause/Play Video Trailer

What does a city do when it calls itself the Live Music Capital of the World, but there's no live music? Video trailer by Julia Reihs.

Trailer: Pause/Play on the Austin music scene

"Pause/Play" will tell the pandemic stories of artists, venues, venue staff, festivals, sound technicians, music non-profits and more. What has the shutdown been like for them so far? What help have they received in order to survive? What adaptations have they been making, and what do they see as the future for Austin Music?