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The Austin City Council on Thursday earmarked $1.5 million in relief funds for thousands of Austin's musicians, who are struggling in the wake of the cancellation of South by Southwest and the closure of hundreds of live music venues across the city.
According to a news release from the city:
"This ordinance responds to a Council resolution sponsored by Council Member Kathie Tovo and co-sponsored by Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza and Council Members Alison Alter, Ann Kitchen and Leslie Pool to provide financial assistance to musicians through the Live Music Assistance Fund or other available resources and to explore the possibility of creating a digital live music portal. In March, the City of Austin Music Commission recognized the need for immediate financial assistance and asked the City Council to create such a disaster fund."
The music festival was canceled and bars were closed in mid-March in an effort to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.
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