Black Fret caps its inaugural season with it’s first 2014 Black Ball gala.

Black Fret co-founder Matt Ott with Black Fret nominee Graham Wilkinson -courtesy of Black Fret.

Black Fret co-founder Matt Ott with Black Fret nominee Graham Wilkinson -courtesy of Black Fret.

Black Fret Nominees and Special Guests for a night of Austin’s best music in Austin’s most hallowed hall – The Paramount Theatre. We will announce our first ten grant recipients, each of whom will receive a $10,000 grant to create and perform their Austin-born music. Many of our 2014 Black Fret Nominees will perform and we expect some distinguished special guests to lend their voices to our cause.

Founded in January of 2013, BLACK FRET is a new 501(c)3 public charity headquartered in Austin, Texas. Black Fret is built upon the simple principle that popular local music, like the symphony, theatre, and opera, is worthy of community support. To that end, Black Fret is gathering a limited group of 1,333 Patrons of Local Music, each of whom will make a $1,500 annual contribution. At capacity, these contributions will create an annual pool of $2,000,000 dollars that will fund grants, performances, and operations while building an institutional endowment that will fund growth in future grants.

In early 2014, Black Fret reached its initial goal of 100 members who have provided the funds for Black Fret’s first ten $10,000 grants for Austin’s musicians this year. Those winners will be announced at the Black Ball. The 20 nominees for this years grants are: Amy Cook, Danny Malone, Dawn and Hawkes, East Cameron Folkcore, Elias Haslanger and Church on Monday, Elizabeth McQueen, Emily Bell, Erin Ivey, Gina Chavez, Graham Wilkinson, Jitterbug Vipers, Jonny Gray, Lincoln Durham, Little Radar, Mother Falcon, Quiet Company, The Rocketboys, The Whiskey Sisters, Wild Child and Zeale.

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Black Fret Nominee Emily Bell - courtesy of Black Fret

Black Fret Nominee Emily Bell – courtesy of Black Fret

Those who wish to attend may become a member of Black Fret by signing up at www.blackfret.org. There are amazing events left in our 2014 Listening Period and joining Black Fret now will give you access to our not only the Black Ball but also our private events with nominated bands East Cameron Folkcore, Zeale, Whiskey Sisters, Gina Chavez, Wild Child, Lincoln Durham, Little Radar and Danny Malone. We encourage any interested parties to do so by joining at http://blackfret.org/join and making a $200 new member payment. All full Black Fret memberships provide entry for the member and a guest to events including the Black Ball.

DOORS: 7 p.m. (drinks, mingling, etc)

SHOW: 8 to 11 p.m. (line up to be announced)

TICKETS: Those who wish to attend the Black Ball may become a member of Black Fret by signing up at: http://blackfret.org/join. All full Black Fret memberships provide entry for the member and a guest to all upcoming Black Fret events including the Black Ball.

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