Affordability could stop the music, Austin musicians can’t afford to stay

A crowd gathers at Zilker Park for the Austin City Limits Music Festival last year. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)
A crowd gathers at Zilker Park for the Austin City Limits Music Festival last year. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin’s music scene draws new residents and tourists to the city every year. But Austin’s Mayor, Steve Adler, feels the city could be in danger of losing musicians due to the city’s lack of affordable housing.

The big issue is that the musicians aren’t making enough money to afford living in the city. At the City Council meeting, Mayor Adler will ask the city manager to review dozens of ideas that have been generated. The manager will analyze what are the best solutions for keeping musicians and artists within city limits.

Some suggestions include fixing the permitting process to help artists and musicians. Additionally they hope to create a fund to preserve music venues and affordable housing; creating hubs where artists can live together.

The Mayor told KXAN artists often move to affordable sections of town, making it a cool place to live, only to be priced out of the neighborhood.

“We are losing people in communities, we are losing our diversity and our creativity and if we don’t fix this we will lose what is the spirit and soul of this city,” said Mayor Adler.

The Mayor looked at models that both Los Angeles and Nashville use to attract and retain musicians and artists. After Thursday’s meeting the city manager will have 90 days to come back to city council to let them know what suggestions might work. These initiatives would not cost any tax payer dollars, according to the Mayor. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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