I am honored to be serving in my seventh year as a peer-selected advisor with Black Fret. Black Fret is a 501(c)3 tax exempt public charity headquartered in Austin, Texas (the “Live Music Capital of the World”) that is built upon a simple principle… that local music, like the symphony or the opera, is worthy of public support.

Our mission is to empower musicians to create and perform new music.

We seek to build an endowed institution capable of sustaining more than a $1 million dollars a year in grants to Austin’s musicians.

Empowered by this amazing institution in Austin, Black Fret envisions building a network of chapters in other music cities. Together, these chapters will unite thousands of music fans in supporting today’s finest musicians. We will ensure the sustained artistic, cultural and economic growth of the cities that have defined modern music and the exceptional musicians who choose to call those cities home.

For centuries, classical music has had the benefit of community financial support. Black Fret is an innovative evolution focused on supporting popular local music. It is a new model of arts patronage for the music that defines our modern lives.

For those musicians we serve, we provide a critical service at a critical time. It has never been harder to make a living as a musician. The digital revolution has empowered artists with falling costs to produce and distribute their music, but the livelihood of working musicians is endangered by piracy, the collapse of major record labels, and the devaluation of music.

Compounding the challenge, cities with great local music scenes are among the most desirable places to live. The cost of living in music towns tends to rise fast. Many of these cities find themselves fighting to retain the cultural assets that make them great. Musicians are struggling to make a living.

Black Fret will empower musicians with funds, access to leading music industry professionals, a network of fans, facilities and staff in the best music cities in the world all at the point in their career where it matters most. Black Fret will help artists attract a critical following in major markets quickly.

With every new membership, we are able to fulfill our mission and move closer to this vision.

We hope you will join us in building a legacy of beautiful music.

We are proud to announce our new Dinner Party Committee, headed up by Members Sue Marriott and Becki Mendivil. Our Dinner Party Series is intended to help you, our Members, throw small events for prospective Members in your home. These small (8-30 people) events have proven to be VERY effective for recruiting new Members and are a wonderfully intimate musical experience. Black Fret will bring the musician and the booze, you provide the food and your guest list. Our Dinner Party Committee will work with you to pick a musician, invite guests and make the evening a great success.Got just 3 or more folks you think would make great Black Fret members? Just email and we will get the ball rolling and we will bring the party to you!