Friday, September 22, 2017 | Spider House Ballroom

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Chad Swiatecki, Moderator
Austin Monitor

Dave Blue

Charlie Faye

Bianca Flores
Sound on Sound Fest

Clark Nowlin

Stephen Sternschein
Empire Control Room & Garage

Bak Zoumanigui
The FeedBak

Spider House Ballroom
2908 Fruth Street

5:45pm Doors and Bar
6:15pm Presentation, Q&A
7:30pm Reception

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Music is the soul of Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World. However, while the Austin live music industry has an economic impact of $2 billion a year, those who create that value don’t see much of it. Half of our working musicians earn less than $25,000 a year, including income from their day jobs. Venues struggle to meet the rising rent costs in an increasingly expensive city. When our musicians and venues are struggling to survive, this in turn puts stress on all of the companies in the music sector that provide products and services to them. As our city becomes less affordable, our creative soul is placed at risk.

Furthermore, our artists and live music venues are competing in an increasing crowded entertainment space – without the resources of technology companies like Apple, Netflix, or Ubisoft. What can the tech sector do to address the challenges facing the local live music economy caused by global shifts in consumer behavior as well as affordability challenges? How can tech be part of the solution to keep Austin’s live music scene thriving, alongside our other vibrant local economies?

Join us for this fast-paced discussion of new models and emerging solutions at one of Austin’s most popular live music destinations, the Spider House Ballroom. Chad Swiatecki of the Austin Monitor will moderate an expert panel including Dave Blue, Spotcaller; Charlie Faye, artist; Bianca Flores, Sound on Sound Fest; Clark Nowlin, All ATX; Stephen Sternschein, Empire Control Room & Garage; and Bak Zoumanigui, The FeedBak podcast.

As a bonus, all Austin Forum attendees are invited to stay for a special concert afterward featuring award-winning local artists Charlie Faye & the Fayettes, The Reputations, and MCG for just $5. Make an Austin night of it with Austin Forum!

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Chad Swiatecki lives where music, business and policy intersect. Or at least that’s where he spends a whole lot of his time. As a reporter for the Austin Monitor, Austin Business Journal, and Austin American-Statesman, he has covered the only occasionally successful efforts of Austin leaders to enhance the city’s music industry and prevent local creatives from being prices out of their homes and lives. He has also written for Rolling Stone, Spin, Billboard and too many other outlets to name.

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Dave Blue is the founder of Spotcaller, an app dedicated to making the live music experience easier to enjoy than watching Netflix. Long frustrated by scattered concert information, Dave is working to solve the big hairy problem of getting show details for every live music event in the world onto a common platform. This will not only unlock tremendous economic potential for local musicians and independent venues, it will make local music approachable for non-experts, and increase the number of life-changing musical experiences fans get to enjoy.

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Charlie Faye is the songwriter and frontwoman of retro-soul girl group Charlie Faye & The Fayettes. Charlie has always been known for having an innovative way of doing things; She put herself on the map back in 2010, when she did a 10-month residency tour living in a different city each month, putting together a new band of local musicians, and recording a new song in each city. Now, her modern-day girl group Charlie Faye & the Fayettes has garnered major media attention and critical praise, risen into the top 20 on the Americana Radio Chart, and had songs placed in TV shows like Riverdale and Girlboss. Charlie also runs a successful artist consulting business, where she provides guidance, team management, and record release management for independent artists.

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Bianca Flores is working on something new. She will be with Sound on Sound Fest, which she loves, through November.

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Clark Nowlin helps run ALL ATX, a local music nonprofit founded by entrepreneur Gary Keller of Keller Williams Realty to help Austin musicians with affordability. Clark was born and raised in North Texas (DFW) and got to Austin as soon as he could.

Prior to working with ALL ATX, Clark paid his bills as a touring musician and producer, performing with Tim Halperin, Jason Castro, Green River Ordinance, and many more. Notable acts Clark opened for: All American Rejects, The Fray, Taio Cruz, a Blake Shelton. Though having performed hundreds of times all over the country, his favorite place he’s performed to date is Threadgill’s on Riverside on a Texas summer night.

Clark double majored in Entrepreneurship & Finance at Baylor University. He started an audio production company and worked in tech sales upon graduating college and has been helping Gary Keller and Nick Shuley build ALL ATX since the Fall of 2015. The best is yet to come.

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Stephen Sternschein received his J.D. in 2009 from Brooklyn Law and his undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2005. He is currently the managing partner of HE^RD Presents, one of the top independent promoters in the Texas Region, and the managing partner of Empire Control Room & Garage, a 1,300 capacity award-winning music venue in downtown Austin, TX.  Stephen is also a co-founder of prism, a software platform designed by concert promoters for concert promoters that streamlines the process of booking and promoting live music events.He has twelve years experience in concert promotion and venue operations, six years experience in transactional entertainment law working with major labels including Sony Music, Universal Republic, Warner Music and independent labels including Neon Gold, Stone’s Throw, Mad Decent, and Fool’s Gold, and six years of experience in experiential marketing with clients including Mazda, Pepsi, Samsung, T-Mobile, PayPal, American Airlines and music tech startups including Spotify, Jukely, Bandpage, and Topspin.

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Bak Zoumanigui moved to Austin as a teenager almost 20 years ago from Paris, France and fell in love this city. IT professional by day and entrepreneur by night, he has made it his mission to help people explore the Austin scene. He is the host and producer of The FeedBak Podcast, a weekly podcast featuring insightful talks with over 170 influential members of the music, entertainment, service and art communities including DJ Mel, Saul Paul, Graham Williams, Jackie Venson, Mayor Steve Adler and many more. Bak is also co-founder of AustiNight, a new tour company that packages music venues with nearby restaurants for a hassle-free night out on the town, launching in October 2017.

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