Save the music: Austin musicians leaving the city

A band is on the move on the corner of Sixth Street and I-35 at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin won’t be the live music capital of the world for much longer if we keep losing musicians and music venues, according to Austin Mayor Steve Adler.

Joining us in the KXAN studio to talk about the crisis of music in Austin is Stephen Kinney, the Executive Director of The Front Porch. He is joined by Jennifer Houlihan, the Executive Director of Austin Music People.

The Front Porch is hosting a panel discussion on Thursday to talk about the issues facing Austin musicians. This is a part of their Crisis in Music: Austin Edition series. 

The panel discussion is Thursday night from 7 to 9 p.m. at the All Saints Episcopal Church on West 27th Street. It is free and open to the public.

The Mayor plans to attend the panel. 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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