City program aims to keep creative spaces open, help those displaced

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) —  The City of Austin’s Economic Development Department’s and Austin Music want to help keep creative spaces in business and help those who have been previously displaced.

They’re doing it through a program called the Creative Space Assistance Program after the city identified affordable space for artists and musicians as a priority area of concern. The program has $750,000 from the City’s General Fund for CSAP. 

They’re asking both arts-focused nonprofits as well as qualifying for-profit live music venues, performance spaces, and art galleries to apply.

“The arts and music community bring a vibrancy to Austin and make it unique and this program is a response to the dramatic growth that we’ve seen in Austin over the past decade and the increasing rents going higher and higher,” Kim McCarson an economic and business liaison for the city said. 

McCarson added it’s all about preserving the creative arts community in the city and those in need can get up to a $50,000 grant. The money can be used for things like helping pay rent or improvements to the facility.

Tuesday the city will host its first informational meeting at Austin City Hall starting at 2 p.m. The deadline to submit eligibility requirements is Friday, March 29. Those selected to receive a grant will be notified by May. Priority will be given to organizations confronting immediate and critical needs. 

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