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With over $1,000,000 in grants and payments to Austin musicians in just four years, local nonprofit proudly announces its fifth class of Nominees

(AUSTIN, TEXAS – March 21, 2018; source: Juice Consulting) – Austin nonprofit Black Fret is proud to announce its 2018 Nominees. The Nominees include 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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Black Fret 2018 Nominee Shy Beast’s lead singer Mariclaire Glaser

“Naming our fifth group of Black Fret Nominees after awarding over $1 million in grants and performance payments in just over four years is a great milestone,” said Colin Kendrick, Black Fret Founder. “Incredible musicians continue to call Austin, Texas home and the citizens of our fine city continue to step up by becoming members of Black Fret to support our amazing music scene.”

“It’s amazing what happens when you ask for help and seek professional advice in this city. Austin’s music community is so supportive, and as a band, we have greatly benefited from it,” said Mariclaire Glaser of 2018 Black Fret Nominee Shy Beast. “What an honor it is to be nominated as a Black Fret Artist this year! We are ecstatic and have a newfound wind in our sails.”

Taylor Wilkins of 2018 Black Fret Nominee Otis the Destroyer added, “I’ve been watching the organization grow and help many artists throughout the years and it’s a privilege to be included among them. I’m looking forward to pushing this project even further with all the great resources Black Fret provides and feel incredibly lucky to have been chosen.”

“Black Fret’s upcoming Listening Season is going to be excellent,” said Erin Ivey, Black Fret’s Director of Member Experience and 2014 Black Fret Artist. “With such a great class of Nominees, each event will be a one-of-a-kind experience Black Fret is known for.”

Black Fret announced the 2018 Nominees on March 14 to over 1,000 music supporters at an event at GSD&M Headquarters in Austin, Texas, while enjoying performances from past Black Fret Artists Brownout (2016 Black Fret Artist), Migrant Kids (2015 Black Fret Artist), Nakia (2015, 2016 Black Fret Artist), Ruby and the Reckless (2015 Black Fret Artist) and Swimming With Bears (2016 Black Fret Artist). Austin-based act The Band of Heathens kicked off the festivities.

“We have been overjoyed to see our community grow year after year,” said Matt Ott, Black Fret Co-founder. “We have an amazing season planned for everyone involved; more events for our members, more support for our Artists and more grants to be awarded at this year’s Black Fret Ball in December. We invite all Austinites who love their city and its music to join us and become a Member of Black Fret.”

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Black Fret 2018 Nominee The Texas K.G.B.

The 2018 “Listening Season” will be filled with private listening events for Members, featuring performances by 2018 Nominees, leading to the awarding of major or minor grants to all twenty Nominees at the Black Fret Ball in December.

About Black Fret:
Founded in 2013, Black Fret is a public charity headquartered in Austin whose mission is to empower musicians to create and perform great new music. The organization is an innovative evolution of the age-old symphony patronage model that is focused on supporting popular local music. Together, Black Fret’s limited membership seeks to build an endowed institution capable of sustaining more than a million dollars a year in grants to Austin musicians.

As a Black Fret Member, you gain access for yourself and a guest to over 20 unique performance events each year, pay annual dues to fund artist grants and performances, and are eligible to participate in the Artist Selection Process.

Black Fret grants are directed by a yearlong Artist Selection Process, where Members nominate exceptional artists, gather to see them perform in interesting venues all over the city, and vote to allocate grants awarded at the spectacular Black Fret Ball in December.

In just four years, Black Fret has surpassed $1 million in grants and payments to Austin artists. Black Fret grant recipients have unlocked their funds by creating 301 new songs, 214 studio recordings and 164 new songs released as well as performing 441 U.S. and 36 international tour dates and over 121 community service performances for other local charities. Over the next decade, Black Fret will fund hundreds of bands and thousands of new songs while building a new Austin institution capable of supporting the sustained artistic, cultural and economic growth of Austin and the artists who call our city home.

Black Fret is grateful to receive ongoing support from generous sponsors such as ALL ATX, Dell Inc., Deloitte Consulting, Ben Milam Whiskey, SunPower Inc., GSD&M, Ben E. Keith Distributors, Whole Foods, Personify, Gibson Brands, The City of Austin Economic Development Department – Music & Entertainment Division, KUTX, The Austin Chronicle, GoodWolf Production Co, Juice Consulting, Nomad Sound, Miscellaneous Rentals, Paramount Theatre, Enterprising People, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, County Line BBQ, Shady Grove, Noon Mediterranean, Frank, Biggs Electric, Social Flash Media and many more.

Become a Member today at www.sonicguild.org/join.

For inquiries, please email sustain@sonicguild.org and for more info see www.sonicguild.org.


713 208 3891 heather@juiceconsulting.com

Amber LaFrance


469 877 1533 amber@juiceconsulting.com

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Mail may be sent to:
Black Fret
PO Box 29628
Austin, TX 78755