Tag: Elizabeth McQueen

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE, We are grateful

The coronavirus pandemic has left countless members of the music community facing an uncertain future, as festivals and tours are canceled, studio sessions are called off and business travel is restricted. To help music professionals and their loved ones navigate the crisis, Billboard has compiled a list of resources at both the national and state levels, including more than four dozen relief funds.


Austin Community Foundation’s Stand With Austin Fund* Established in partnership with the Entrepreneurs Foundation, the fund was set up to support nonprofits assisting vulnerable individuals and small businesses affected by SXSW’s cancellation.

Austin Texas Musicians
The musician advocacy nonprofit formed by local artist, beloved friend, former RajiWorld client (and staff because that is how our dear little music town works), Nakia Reynoso is working to secure relief funds and resources for musicians. In the meantime, it has created a continually-updated resource list.

Banding Together ATX (GoFundMe)*
This fund was set up by the Red River Cultural District alliance specifically to support those in the Austin live music community who have been economically impacted by the cancellation of South By Southwest. That includes venues, artists, hospitality workers and others who rely on annual income from SXSW to make ends meet — those who fall under that category, may apply for funds here.

Housing Opportunities For Musicians And Entertainers
HOME provides financial housing assistance for needy aging musicians in Austin with grant assistance and other support, including referrals to additional available resources.

I Lost My Gig*
Designed to benefit Austin locals who lost work due to SXSW’s cancellation, I Lost My Gig is currently soliciting donations. As of Sunday (March 15), it had already received over 750 submissions representing over $4.2 million in lost income.

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians
HAAM provides access to affordable healthcare for low-income musicians living in Austin.

SIMS Foundation
Locals struggling to mentally and emotionally cope with the impact of COVID-19 may contact the SIMS Foundation, which provides access to mental health and substance use recovery services for Central Texas musicians, music industry professionals and their dependent family members.

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
This centralized guide was created for small businesses and nonprofits in Texas who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and are looking to apply for SBA loans. Those who have suffered “substantial economic injury” from COVID-19 may be eligible for economic injury disaster loans of up to $2 million.

Texas Music Office
Though the office isn’t offering benefits itself, it can help music workers affected by the pandemic apply for the state’s disaster unemployment assistance, which extends unemployment benefits to those who don’t traditionally qualify.

Texas Workforce Commission
Texas residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

Workforce Solutions Capital Area
WFS, the nonprofit governing body for the regional workforce, is offering layoff support both for businesses and workers in light of the coronavirus outbreak.


The Actors Fund
The Actors Fund offers a variety of services for entertainment workers, including those in the music industry. Services include emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, health care and insurance counseling, senior care and secondary career development.

American Association of Independent Music
A2IM is surveying indie music companies about how the coronavirus pandemic is disrupting their businesses. The results will inform the organization’s discussions with the New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, as well as its investigations of federal assistance programs.

American Federation of Musicians
The AFM is calling on Congress to provide immediate economic relief on behalf of musicians and other working people in the midst of the crisis, including expanded unemployment benefits and a moratorium on evictions, foreclosures and utility shut-offs. The organization has a resource page providing more information. Additionally, disabled AFM members can apply for financial aid through its longstanding Petrillo Memorial Fund.

American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund
Any AGMA member in good standing is invited to apply for financial assistance under the AGMA Relief Fund, which has temporarily doubled the amount of assistance available to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Americans for the Arts Coronavirus Survey
This five-minute survey was created to collection information on the financial and human impacts of the pandemic on arts and cultural organizations.

Artist Relief
A coalition of national arts grantmakers (including Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation and United States Artists) launched this $10 million relief fund, which will provide $5,000 grants to artists facing “dire financial emergencies” due to the pandemic. The coalition has also joined forces with Americans for the Arts to co-launch an impact survey to better identify the needs of artists and creative workers.

Artist Relief Project
Anyone pursuing the arts as a career (any discipline, any level of experience) can request financial support from the Artist Relief Project, which will provide applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis with a one-time emergency stipend of $200 and free resources and support to pursue alternative economic opportunities. The Artist Relief Project is an initiative by Artly World Nonprofit.  It is a registered nonprofit based in Austin, with the mission to empower children, families and communities through creative arts initiatives and opportunities.

Artist Relief Tree*
Anyone who is an artist can request funds from the Artist Relief Tree, which plans to fulfill every request with a flat $250 on a first-come-first-serve basis.The fund is currently not accepting new requests until it can secure more funding, but if you would like to be informed if and when the opportunity becomes available again, click here.

ASCAP Music Unites Us*
Performance-rights organization ASCAP has launched a site to help its songwriter, composer and music publisher members stay connected and financially stable during this uncertain time. It includes information on how to receive ASCAP royalties through direct deposit, an online works registration application, access to free mental health services for ASCAP members and more.

Audio Assemble*
Music education hub Audio Assemble has put together a list of online remote opportunities for U.S.-based musicians during the COVID-19 outbreak, including both short-term and long-term job opportunities. It is also raising money for its first live streaming music festival, PLUGGED IN, set for April 8-10. Musicians can apply for paid opportunities to perform during the livestream here.

Backline was established to connect music industry professionals and their families with mental health and wellness providers. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the organization has established a virtual support groupthat plans to meet regularly via the Zoom app.

Blues Foundation*
The Blues Foundation launched an emergency relief fund for full-time blues musicians whose revenue streams have been severely diminished by the pandemic. Find out how to request funding here. Meanwhile, the foundation’s longstanding HART Fund also helps underinsured or uninsured blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a range of health concerns.

Convertkit Creator Fund*
What began as a $50,000 fund for active creators experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 has now reached $154,000 in funding. The fund covers up to $500 per creator to help cover medical, childcare, housing or grocery needs. As of March 18, the fund has received more than 6,000 applications, and the website notes, “Our current fund will be exhausted well before we can get to everyone.”

COVID-19 Music Production Response Group*
A Facebook group meant as an “open forum for constructive debate about the effects of COVID-19 on music production industry professionals,” according to administrators. Its nearly 4,000 members (as of March 18) are sharing news updates, suggested actions, job opportunities and other resources.

COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks (GoFundMe)*
This more than $70,000 fund prioritizes LGBTQI+, non-binary, gender fluid and gender non-conforming people of color whose livelihoods have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The first round of funding closed on March 17, but organizers say they plan to continue to raise funds through mid-April.

Crew Nation*
Live Nation has donated an initial $5 million to launch this global relief fund for live music crews, and will match the next $5 million in donations as well. Check back here for the funding application to come.

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund*
Equal Sound, an organization that strives to break down traditional genre boundaries through events and advocacy, is inviting musicians who have lost income due to the pandemic to apply for funds. Applicants must provide proof they had a confirmed concert cancelled over the coronavirus to receive the money.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program*
In response to the pandemic, Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses around the world, including music and live events businesses. More details to come (you can sign up for updates here). Facebook also has a new Business Resource Hub to help small businesses prepare for and manage disruptions like COVID-19.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts*
The New York-based foundation has created a temporary fund for experimental artists of all disciplines who have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. It is disbursing one-time $1,000 grants to artists who have had performances canceled or postponed. Apply here.

Freelance Coop Emergency Fund*
The Freelance Coop, which connects creative freelancers with business resources, created an emergency fund for freelancers adversely affected by the pandemic. Examples of funding usage are unexpected childcare costs due to school closures, client cancellations, and medical expenses due to the virus itself. As of March 18, the fund had $35,279 in requests and $5,299.69 raised, and is continuing to call for donations to keep up with demand.

Freelancers Relief Fund*
The Freelancers Union has set up a relief fund for freelance workers through its nonprofit subsidiary Working Today. The fund, which is accepting donations now, will provide grants of up to $1,000 per household to freelancers experiencing economic hardship as a result of the pandemic. Applications open on April 2.

Gospel Music Trust Fund
Individuals working in the gospel music field can submit a request for financial assistance to the Gospel Music Trust Fund, which grants funding in the event “of an emergency or major catastrophe, terminal or severe illness,” according to their website.

HealthCare.gov Special Enrollment
Though no emergency special enrollment period has officially been instituted by the federal health insurance exchange due to the coronavirus outbreak, uninsured people are being invited to inquire about their eligibility for a special enrollment in light of the virus.

Independent Venue Week*
Non-profit organization Independent Venue Week has compiled a list of indie music venues that have launched GoFundMe and other fundraising campaigns to stay afloat during the nation-wide closures.

International Bluegrass Music Association’s BlueGrass Trust Fund
Current or former bluegrass music professionals can apply here for financial grants and loans, which are generally between $500 and $5,000. The association has also created a coronavirus-specific resource page.

Jazz Foundation of America Musicians’ Emergency Fund
This fund offers financial support, housing assistance and pro bono medical care for musicians who have made a living playing blues, jazz and roots music.

Larrosa Music Group Financing Program*
Larrosa Music Group has set up a special financing program for music professionals affected by the pandemic. The maximum term is one year for a maximum amount of $20,000, with interest rates ranging from 7.5 to 10 percent. The program is open to session and live musicians; anyone who collects royalties through PROs or distribution companies; and agencies, producers, record labels and publishers who manage musicians and can provide proof of cancellations of shows, recordings or other remunerated activity as well as verify income of at least $2,500 in the last 12 months. Applications are open until May 1. (Note that the web page is in Spanish but can be translated.)

League of American Orchestras
America’s only national service organization devoted solely to orchestras, the League has set up a landing page of resources to assist affected orchestra workers during the pandemic, including advocacy campaigns, fundraising resources, a discussion group and more.

The “peer-to-peer wealth distribution” service is a tool for salaried workers to donate funds across a database of freelancers, service industry and gig economy workers who are impacted by coronavirus health and safety restrictions.

Missed Tour*
Artists and bands who have been displaced from touring due to the pandemic can list their merchandise on this site to help offset lost revenue — with zero charges or fees. Apply to be added to the site here.

The Recording Academy and its charitable foundation MusiCares have committed $2 million in total to a COVID-19 Relief Fund, established to assist those in the music community who have been affected by the pandemic. People can donate and apply for assistance by navigating to the fund’s official web page.

Music Health Alliance
The Nashville-based Music Health Alliance provides healthcare support services to uninsured members of the music industry.

Musicians Foundation
The New York-based nonprofit established a new emergency grant program in response to the pandemic, offering all eligible applicants up to $200 each. After receiving an “immense volume of applications,” the foundation placed a temporary hold on all applications on March 13. Check this page for updates.

Music Maker Relief Foundation
The foundation, which provides ongoing support to American artists 55 and older who live in chronic poverty, also gives out emergency grants to artists in crisis. It is now soliciting donations to ensure the stability of vulnerable elderly musicians during the pandemic.

Music workers in need of financial help during the crisis can apply for assistance at this volunteer-run website, which was set up to facilitate peer-to-peer giving. Applications are reviewed and posted within 24 hours, and 100% of all donations go directly to the affected person. Musicians are also urged to list their virtual concerts on the site.

New Music Solidarity Fund*
This artist-led initiative is granting emergency funding to freelance musicians “working in new creative, experimental or improvised music” who have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus crisis. The fund has already raised more than $130,000 and beginning on March 31, eligible artists may apply for grants of up to $500.

NOMAD Fundraiser for the Touring Crew (GoFundMe)*
Touring manager Frank Fanelli is aiming to raise $20,000 for touring crew members and roadies who have lost income due to gig cancellations and postponements. Donations close at the end of March.

Patreon What the Fund Grant Program
The crowd-funding platform has set up a grant program to benefit select artists who have been impacted by the coronavirus. Patreon itself kickstarted the fund by donating $10,000 and is currently accepting contributions. Grant recipients will be chosen by a board of fellow creators.

Pinetop Perkins Foundation’s Assistance League
PAL provides financial assistance to elderly musicians for medical and living expenses. Preference is given to blues artists, though musicians in other genres may be eligible depending on available funds.

PLUS1 Covid-19 Relief Fund*
In response to the devastating COVID-19 outbreak, PLUS1 has launched a PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund to coordinate our efforts to support those in our community most at risk from the pandemic. PLUS1 is working with leading non-profit organizations and several local organizations around the country to provide immediate assistance to musicians and music industry workers for medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.

Record Union Wellness Starter Pack
In coordination with industry experts, the digital music distributor created this “toolbox for wellbeing” for overwhelmed music professionals. Thought not specific to the coronavirus, the Wellness Starter Pack includes guides to mindfulness, nutrition, positivity, sleep and exercise that can help lower stress, anxiety and depression levels during the shutdown.

SAG-AFTRA COVID-19 Disaster Fund*
SAG-AFTRA members who are in an emergency financial crisis related to coronavirus may request assistance to cover basic expenses like rent, mortgage, utilities and medical bills. To apply to the fund, members must have paid their dues through October 2019.

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
The Small Business Administration has designated COVID-19 as a qualifying event for economic injury disaster loans. However, you must be located in a “declared disaster area” to apply for assistance. Check if your state qualifies here.

Online music course hub Soundfly has put together a free Guide to Learning Things Effectively Online for musicians in quarantine who want to continue learning or practicing skills virtually.

SoundGirls Coronavirus Relief Fund*
SoundGirls, an organization which supports women working in professional audio and music production, is offering $100 gift cards to live event production workers who have been put out of work due to the pandemic.

Sound Royalties*
In light of the crisis, music finance firm Sound Royalties is allocating $20 million to offer a no-cost royalty advance funding option through April 16. Songwriters, performing artists, producers and other creators with royalty income can apply for cash advances on a one-year repayment schedule, cost-free.

Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fund*
Sweet Relief has established a donor-directed fund to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the coronavirus. Funds will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses for those who get sick or lose work due to the pandemic.

Tour Support*
Tour Support, a mental health nonprofit for the live music industry, is offering independent touring contractors whose tours have been postponed or cancelled one month of free online therapy through Better Help (apply here). In addition, Shading the Limelight is offering the Tour Support community two free weeks (March 17–28) of emotional wellness coaching (email shajjar@shadingthelimelight.com for an appointment). Check the Tour Support Twitter for more updates to come.

Viral Music — Because Kindness is Contagious*
Independent musicians are invited to use this more than 21,000-member Facebook support group to connect with music fans. “Use this joint to post links to your merch store, online shows, Patreon, or online music lessons,” organizers write. “If you’ve had a gig cancelled, post the city and your Venmo/PayPal — many of us would love to pass along our ticket refunds to you.”

Austin Saengerrunde + AIBA

My worlds have over-lapped again and again in my new (temp) role as the venue manager at the unique and wonderful Austin Saengerrunde, last weekend we hosted my Black Fret Family and today it is the community organization AIBA.

AIBA is a nonprofit, membership supported organization representing more than 1,000 locally owned businesses in Austin. You’ll find your peers, colleagues and fellow business owners here—all waiting to connect with you. Through advocacy, marketing, connecting and education, AIBA promotes a thriving local business community. With each new member, our voice grows stronger. We’re glad you’re here to join us!

“We’re local” gives us a geographic place but doesn’t embrace the uniqueness of this amazing city called Austin. We’re more than a location. We are a way of life, an Austin life. We’re AustinTRUE! As an AIBA member, you’ll be Certified AustinTRUE.


SXSW 2017

Welcome back to Austin for SXSW 2017!! We are excited to show off how we can shine your brand anywhere you like with lasers, ride your VIP’s on one of the Bike Zoo’s Giant one-of-a-kind Animals or Fly your brand 100 feet in the air with aerial balloons! A lot of event planners can brag about creating from the ground up but at RajiWorld we can even offer you world-class, beautiful and professional mermaids to start the party underground, not to mention our taste in music!!!

Date: Thursday, March 16
Venue: Palm Door on Sabine (401 Sabine St.)
Lineup: The Place 1:00 AM, Cotton Mather 12:00 AM, Misimplicity 11:00 AM, Billy Harvey 10:00 AM, Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys 9:00 AM, EMQ 8:00 AM with set change harp by Analee Cantu, magic in the trees and on the building with Laser Spectacles, rides and photos with the one and only Bike Zoo and landlocked play with the Sirenalia Mermaids!!

We will have complimentary temporary Manifestation tattoos from our sponsor Conscious Ink.

Beyond the showcase RajiWorld clients will be playing “Second Stage” hotel stages all over town, check here for updates and Chris Stamey will be presenting the BIG STAR’S THIRD + FRIENDS show as well as the film!

A special orchestrated performance of selections from both Big Star’s legendary Third album and their earlier releases, featuring an all-star cast, including members of Austin’s own Tosca Strings. Preceded by sets by three superb singer/songwriters.

Date: Friday, March 17
Venue: Central Presbyterian Church (200 E 8th St.)
Lineup: Parker Millsap, Skylar Gudasz, Robyn Hitchcock, and then a performance of Big Star’s Third by Jody Stephens (Big Star), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Ken Stringfellow (Posies, Big Star), Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Chris Stamey (the dB’s), Brett Harris, Skylar Gudasz, Robyn Hitchcock, members of Austin’s own Tosca Strings



I am setting meetings this week while at APAP/ New York Hilton Midtown 1/14-1/19. I am yours if you want to discuss The Bike Zoo who will have a booth there or any of my clients or projects. Let’s work together!

We had a great experience as first timers at last year’s APAP with new bookings made there at events all over the world  with more to come in 2016.

We would like to make the most of year two.

May I set a time to show off our live videos and answer your questions? We are at Booth 1232 Americas Hall I – Level 2. Please reply here as I want to be able to give you the time you deserve, You will not see anything else like us at APAP or anywhere!

Ringleader, co-founder and mechanical engineering graduate of UT Austin, Jeremy Rosen and his company create life-long memories with The Bike Zoo. The ever-growing menagerie of giant, playful, interactive, hand-built creatures includes the following: our 80-foot Rattlesnake, a flurry of Giant Butterflies, the Beloved Bat, our Fanciful Owl, a Majestic Bald Eagle. Our Praying Mantis functions as a stage and our Bicycle Carousel can carry a dozen people at once! We are a unique addition to any festival or corporate event, or as a placemaking option for a public space, environmental, arts or science event. You can count on us to engage visitors of all ages and captivate the imaginations of those who see or interact with our work. The Bike Zoo may be booked as a static backdrop  for event video and photo opportunities or as functional roaming displays for guests and VIPs.

APAP|NYC is the place to feel the pulse of the industry. Plenary speakers such as Stephen Schwartz, Rosanne Cash, Harry Belafonte and Ira Glass inspire attendees. Innovators from various fields share knowledge. Colleagues exchange practices and problem-solving techniques. The popular EXPO Hall is the one-stop networking hotspot with 370 exhibitors. More than 1,000 artist showcases make up a mini festival of the performing arts.




Thanks to our friends at the Austin Chronicle, our star-studded lineup is officially out and we’re seeing stars!  RajiWorld/Compass SS will be providing a VIP Hospitality suite fit for these starts and I would love your in-kind donation of Austin’s favorite food, non-spirited drinks and VIP services for our STARS lead by Music Director Michael Ramos, including:

Patty Griffin
Chris Layton
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Alejandro Escovedo
Tito Larriva
Lolita Carroll
Peter Stopschinski
Elias Haslanger
Kyle Ellison
David Garza
Nina Diaz
The Peterson Brothers
Hunter Sharpe
Grooveline Horns

All-star house band:
Adrian Quesada
David Garza
Michael Ramos
George Reiff
Conrad Choucroun
Sonia Moore

Austin Chronicle editor Louis Black and long time Austin arts supporter, Sandy Boone will host the evening, while KUTX’s Elizabeth McQueen and Jody Denberg handle emcee duties.



4 x 4 For the Nobelity Project is an acoustic concert series at Austin’s most exclusive music venue, the Gibson Guitar Showroom at Penn Field. Each 4 x 4 presents four great acts performing four songs, a Nobelity Project short film, and great cocktails and appetizers. Proceeds from the April 8, 2015 4 x 4 will fund a new preschool at Mweiga Primary in Kenya. 


Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis    Guy Forsyth   Elizabeth McQueen   Patrice Pike


p.m. Cocktails by Tito’s, Shiner Brewery, Hope Family Wines & Topo Chico

Food by Four Great Austin Restaurants 

Appetizers by Dos Chivos & Goodall’s Kitchen at Hotel Ella

Deserts by Word of Mouth Bakery and Amy’s Ic Cream

8 p.m. 4 x 4  – 4 Songs from 4 Great Acts

4 x 4 For the Nobelity Project is an acoustic concert series at Austin’s most exclusive music venue, the Gibson Guitar Showroom aND Tickets are on sale at www.nobelity.org $50 each. 




The press is pouring in and we are excited to see it tonight! Thanks to The Daily Texan and Community Impact newspapers.
Show will feature motion sensor technology, cutting-edge animation, and sophisticated building processes to create interactive, life-sized, audience controlled visual environments working in tandem with McQueen’s original music 

 (AUSTIN, TEXAS – April 2015; source: Juice Consulting) – Austin-based singer-songwriter and KUTX DJ Elizabeth McQueen is proud to present an interactive, multi-media performance entitled “Infinity + Infinity” at Austin’s Museum of Human Achievement on Thursday, April 30 andFriday, May 1. There will be two shows each night, one at 7 p.m. and another show at 9 p.m. For more information, please see: www.infinityplusinfinity.net. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door and can be purchased online at: www.ticketfly.com.

 To see some of the interactive, psuedoholographic fun, click here

 The installation will be funded in part by a grant from the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, as well as through funds received from local music non-profit Black Fret. Additional sponsors include KUTX 98.9PsiPlay 

and Texas Music Water.

 The inter-media music performance features McQueen’s newest ensemble, EMQ (with guitarist Lauren Gurgiolo and multi-instrumentalist Lindsay Greene), in conjunction with interactive structures designed and built by designer/visual artist Jerome Morrison. The work will utilize cutting-edge animation, audience-engaging motion sensor technology, and sophisticated building processes to create interactive, life-sized, audience-controlled visual environments (the PsiScreen, PsiBox and PsiWorld) working in tandem with McQueen’s all original music. For more information on the technology, see www.PsiPlay.net.

 The music and the media will explore the heartaches, ambivalences and joys of long-term commitment. Says McQueen about the theme of the installation, “Last year I suddenly found myself with time enough to write about where I was. And where I was, where I am, is deep into a series of lifelong commitments – to my husband, to my children, to my cat even. This kind of journey is as mind expanding and magical as it is tedious … as rewarding as it is frustrating. And I wanted to tryand capture that lovely ambivalence in my songs. At the same time I was getting more and more interested in different possibilities in interactive visuals thanks to my friendship and collaboration with Jerome Morrison. I’m excited to combine these visuals with my new songs to create an immersive experience for people.”

 The PsiScreen, PsiBox and PsiWorld are adult-sized structures that combine the “Pepper’s Ghost” technique – wherein a 3-D image is reflected onto a clear, reflective surface, making it appear to be a floating hologram. Through the use of motion sensors, a person will be able to manipulate that image with their movement. This will be layered onto video imagery where the audience will be able to control different aspects – such as opacity and colorization – via this use of midi controllers and VJ software. In the PsiBox, which is more of a pyramid than a box, the image appears to float in the center of the pyramid. PsiWorld is a 12′ x12′ version of a PsiBox, large enough for an adult to walk inside of. While inside, they will be able to interact with images in such a way that they, as well as the people outside of the box, will feel as if they are experiencing a new kind of magic.

 About EMQ:

EMQ, comprised of Elizabeth McQueen (the Grammy-nominated former female singer for Asleep at the Wheel), Lauren Gurgiolo (guitarist for Okkervil River and leader of the experimental noise rock band the Dialtones) and Lindsay Greene (former bass player for Paula Nelson and Seth Walker), is a new group that is exploring what happens when they mix and meld of all of their influences — at once. 

 At the center of the sound are McQueen’s vocals. Her singing has been compared to “Loretta Lynn spliced in honey.” Or maybe Peggy Lee copping Ella Fitzgerald licks. It’s a sound that comes straight out of the mid-twentieth century, and when coupled with her arch top guitar rhythm playing, it is a thing of post-was beauty. But rather than surround that voice with appropriate instrumentation — say live drums, upright bass and jazz guitar — it’s surrounded instead by Moog bass lines and Micro Korg riffs, distorted guitar loops and sampled drum beats.

 Lauren Gurgiolo is one of the most inventive guitar players in town and she commands the stage as the lead guitar player for Okkervil River. But Gurgiolo has long had a love of experimental sounds, and her own project, The Dialtones, has allowed her to explore this love of audio-experimentation. In 2013, this passion culminated in a City-funded mixed media art installation called “Calculated Carelessness.” Inspired by Soren Kierkigaard’s “The Seducer’s Diary,” the sold-out installation explored the ways in which people connect and disconnect through technology.

 Lindsay Greene has made a name for himself in the roots and Americana world as a solid and imaginative bass player, playing with McQueen, Ray Price, Paula Nelson, Seth Walker, Victrola, Jo’s House Band and the Robert Kraft Trio.  But he, too, enjoys the avant grade.  He’s been a member of the Dialtones since their early days as well as playing with Chad Raines’ (Amanda Palmer) experimental dance rock outfit, The Guilty Pleasures.  He was so interested in making the sounds he was searching for that he designed and built his own analog noise-creator, The Deuce, which is included in the EMQ instrumentation line-up.  In EMQ, Greene translates his bass skills to the Moog, while also providing other synth sounds.

About Jerome Morrison:
Jerome Morrison has a Masters of Arts Degree in New Media Studio from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. There he delved into ways to expand the boundaries of interactive gaming technologies in order to create immersive, interactive experiences. He was the 2013 winner of the Appalachian Student Research Forum in Digital Media for his pseudoholographic interactive art installation, “The HiFi God,” where people were able to interact with a godlike projection. Since moving to Austin, he has collaborated with Steven Fishman on the “Obelisk” project, created pseudoholographic visuals for the Crash Alchemy dance troupe, and joined up with Elizabeth McQueen to create an interactive art collective named PsiPlay.
For more information, please see:

 For more information or to become a member of the Museum of Human Achievement, please visit: www.themuseumofhumanachievement.com/member.


For media inquiries or for press RSVPS, please contact the team at Juice Consulting:

Heather Wagner Reed                              Amber LaFrance

713 208 3891                                            469 877 1533




RajiWorld is proud to be attending APAP 2015 with Austin Bike Zoo founder Jeremy Rosen and Flam Chen Artistic Director and Co-founder Nadia Hagan. Please visit our booth on The Americas 1 Floor two Booth number 542.

Austin Bike Zoo
The Bike Zoo presents a magical show for people of all ages, thrill seekers and corporate clients.  It’s readymade for festivals. You can feel a bit of what the experience is like through our live videos. We love to book city events, festivals, EDM and parades.
“Circuit of The Americas would like to thank Austin Bike Zoo for being an unforgettable part of the United States Grand Prix. Their creations reflected the unique culture of Austin and were clearly a delight to our guests.” – Dominic Iacano, CMO, November 5, 2014
Flam Chen
Flam Chen has been creating, performing, and touring new circus and fire theater since 1994. They create a  dazzling public spectacle merging daredevil acrobatics, pyrotechnics and a mastery of light, air and fire.

Flam Chen’s work ranges from the intimate to large scale. Residencies include company designed workshops, combining student talent, troupe talent and community culminating in spectacular works that resonate with locally derived history, energy and depth.

We have several shows to choose from for this season in every price range.
“An adventure from the get-go…this gig is pure fun and fantasy casting an atmosphere of wonderment” – Deni Kasrel, City Paper Philadelphia.
“They have developed a beautiful habit of ever expanding the public’s imagination, continually taking us deeper and deeper within it’s layers, leaving us breathless.” – Tucson Model Magazine
APAP|NYC 2015, January 9-13, is the membership conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. Held each January in New York City, the conference is the world’s largest networking forum and marketplace for performing arts professionals. More than 3,600 presenters, artists, managers, agents and emerging arts leaders from all 50 U.S. states and more than 30 countries convene in the city for five days of professional development, business deals and exciting performances.
 APAP|NYC is the place to feel the pulse of the industry. Plenary speakers such as Stephen Schwartz, Rosanne Cash, Harry Belafonte and Ira Glass inspire attendees. Innovators from various fields share knowledge. Colleagues exchange practices and problem-solving techniques. The popular EXPO Hall is the one-stop networking hotspot with 370 exhibitors. More than 1,000 artist showcases make up a mini festival of the performing arts.



The theme is Play. Make. Glow. A New Year’s Eve celebration with Live Music, Glow-in-the-Dark Fun, Food Trucks, Fireworks and more!

Austin’s New Year celebration this year will transform Butler Park into a smorgasbord of entertainment and foodie favorites.

Family-friendly entertainment will include an interactive deejay booth, onsite screen printing, Nerdy Derby races, Polka Dot disco party, Dance It Yourself Nutcracker with The Invincible Czars, and a making station to build a half Godzilla/robotic Hello Kitty!

Before the fireworks finale, Austinites can enjoy vintage cartoons, screenings of local films, puppetry by Glass Half Full Theatre, roving displays by Austin Bike Zoo, captivating art installations like PsiPlay, and performances by Brownout, Peelander-Z, Minor Mishap Marching Band, Riders Against the Storm and Mother Falcon.

The annual community New Year’s Eve event hosted by the City of Austin will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 31 at Butler Park, 1001 Barton Springs Road. Visit www.austintexas.gov/ANY for the full schedule.



Ten $10,000 grants awarded on Saturday night’s Black Ball to Austin musicians Amy Cook, Elizabeth McQueen, Erin Ivey, Gina Chavez, Graham Wilkinson, Lincoln Durham, Mother Falcon, Quiet Company, The Rocketboys and Wild Child

(AUSTIN, TEXAS – November 2014; source: Juice Consulting) – Austin nonprofit Black Fret hosted its inaugural Black Ball gala on Saturday, Nov. 8 at The Paramount Theatre where the 2014 Black Fret Grant Recipients were officially announced. The 2014 Black Fret grant winners are Amy Cook, Elizabeth McQueen, Erin Ivey, Gina Ghavez, Graham Wilkinson, Lincoln Durham, Mother Falcon, Quiet Company, The Rocketboys and Wild Child.

“The Black Ball was truly amazing,” said Black Fret Founder Colin Kendrick. “You could feel the love and profound respect of our members for these musicians we so cherish. Next year we are on track to double our grant giving and with every new member we can do that much more to support Austin’s musicians.”

The Black Ball featured performances by many of the 2014 Black Fret Nominees, including Amy Cook, Danny Malone, East Cameron Folkcore, Elias Haslanger, Elizabeth McQueen, Emily Bell, Erin Ivey, Gina Chavez, Graham Wilkinson, Jitterbug Vipers, Jonny Gray, Little Radar, Lincoln Durham, Mother Falcon, Quiet Company and The Rocketboys. Special guests Shaun Colvin and Riders Against the Storm also joined the stage that evening.

“It was incredible to have 16 of our nominees play and to see our nominees, advisors and members all come together in such a beautiful way to support our local music to the tune of $100,000 and a whole lot of love,” said Matt Ott, Black Fret Co-Founder.




New attitude, new chapter, new sound

Austin musicians provide a certain energy that’s unique to the Live Music Capital of the World, a cool factor and artistic culture and possibly the reason why more than 100 people move here each day. Elizabeth McQueen happens to be one of these musical ambassadors, an influential force in Austin’s music scene

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HAAM Benefit Day: Elizabeth McQueen, Bob Livingston, John Evens Band, Emily Bell, Quiet Company, Terri Hendrix, John Pointer

Tuesday, Sep 23 6:00a
Join us at 6 AM Tuesday for some EMQ music wake up music and heartfelt  gratitude for all that HAAM does all year for our musicians.
HAAM has helped over 4,000 musicians access over 52,000 healthcare appointments valued at over $30 million dollars since we began in 2005. These include routine dental work, doctor visits and prescriptions, psychiatric counseling sessions, eye exams, out-patient procedures, specialist referrals, hearing screenings and more.



September 10, 2014

For Immediate Release: Neighbors for Shoal Creek Celebration to benefit the Shoal Creek Conservancy presented by Bella Salon on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Contact: Roggie Baer at RajiWorld, at 512 554 4004 or roggie@rajiworld.com, to schedule an interview, or for high-resolution photos, and other press materials.

Re: Neighbors for Shoal Creek Celebration to benefit the Shoal Creek Conservancy

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014

Venue: Bella Salon and Spa, 1221 W. 6th St., 78703

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (please see timeline listed in the press release)

Tickets: $35 for general admission, VIP tickets: $100 each (w/a discount of $150 for a pair that incudes and exclusive dinner catered by Nick Barrera and Euphoric Cuisine. ticket link 


You’re invited to a Neighbors for Shoal Creek Celebration to benefit the Shoal Creek Conservancy. Join us and our Emcee  Elizabeth McQueen for live music by the Rankin Twins and “DJ Shewolf”, incredible gourmet food and drinks, and a raffle. Tickets are available for $35. We are also offering VIP tickets at $100 each with a discount of $150 for a pair that includes an exclusive dinner catered by Nick Barrera and Euphoric Cuisine, they will be offering a 5 course VIP dinner along with wine parings. Menu options will include chef-action stations, signature dishes, global flavors, modern techniques, kosher, vegan, or gluten free menus to meet your individual needs. and cocktail hour prior to the general community event. Proceeds from this event will support the Conservancy’s work to improve and restore the creek and the trail during its second year.  You are a key member of the Shoal Creek community and your support is crucial to the Conservancy.


Current sponsors and auction donors include: Thanks to our event chair Gracie Silvas of Bella Salon, Euphoric Cuisine, Rankin Twins, RajiWorld, Republic Tequila, Dynamic Reprographics, Mexicali beer and strawberry cider, Tekeen, REI, Lindsey Stump Photography, Elizabeth McQueen, Matrix sound and lighting, The Austin Chronicle, Whole Foods, Juiceland, Buddah’s Brew, Shannon Ridge, Jeffery’s, Kendra Scott, Revels Broch Creative Cory Morrow, Pilates Bungalo and Austin Film Society, Kayci Wheatly, Tiff’s Treats,  Miller Blueprint, Bridget Karam photography, Benji’s Cantina, Blakes, Brilliant Sky toys and books, Starling eyewear, Counter Culture, Bouldin Creek Cafe, Delish bakery, Doc’s Bar & Grill/Waterloo, Fresa’s chicken, Go Local, Gusto Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, Ignite Fitnez, Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Lanza Haircare, Steph Hallett, Amy’s Ice Cream, Patika Coffe, Paddle Board @ epicsup.com, Stella says go, Swift’s Attic, The Bar Method, Topgolf, Tacos and Tequila, Twin Liquors, Wine merchant, Winflo, Whole Earth Provisions, Bells and whistles pet photography, Jacquline Laws Mobile Pedi, … with MORE to come.


Current supporters include:  Cirrus Logic, Whole Foods, Behringer Harvard/CWS Capital Partners, Downtown Austin Alliance, Spring Austin Partners, The Anderson Fund, Monnie and Sarah Anderson, 311 Bowie LP, Gables Residential, Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association, The REI Foundation, Schlosser Development Corp., Shoal Creek Saloon, Urban Space Real Estate & Interiors, Griffin Davis and Duke, Carolyn and Jack Long, Perry Lorenz, AZTEC, Endeavor, GSD&M, Pemberton Heights Neighborhood Association and many more!


There are a lot of great reasons to love Austin. We’ve got Barton Springs, we’ve got all the cool hang outs for every type of person, we’ve got amazing food. We’ve also got our very own EMQ – Elizabeth McQueen.

EMQ is such a beautiful lady, a beautiful singer, a beautiful mother, and a beautiful example being an active community member. In the last month alone Elizabeth has worked with:

Breastfeeding Month Kick-Off Concert- EMQ started off the month by helping to spread awareness of Austin’s Milk Bank at Central Market.

Mutts and Austin Pets Alive – EMQ Helped to find a home for adorable baby Slate where Music and Mutts proclaimed her, “the queen of saving doggy lives!”

Austin Back To School Music Bash – Raising money for school supplies and the Cap City Kids Fund

In mid-August Elizabeth was featured in TWC’s Musician Spotlight, where she is all smiles performing her song Laziest Girl in Town.

Though, she could very easily be called the busiest girl in town, Elizabeth is also a DJ on KUTX 98.9!

With August drawing to a close, expect to see Elizabeth at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and Spicewood Tavern’s Soul of a Musician Series on September 14th. It’s free and starts at 7:30pm.

See you there!

– Truly Julie




RajiWorld’s own Roggie Baer is excited to be a part of Austin’s new Non-profit, Black Fret, which is aimed at helping local artists (including our own Elizabeth McQueen) develop through education with music industry veterans with distinguished careers, people work with artists on a daily basis including: producers, engineers, managers, booking agents, Experts in licensing, legal, public relations, marketing and band merchandise. Mentors meet with Nominees one on one to offer advice and scholarship to support their careers. Read more about what it is and how it will benefit you in the Austinot article below. Expect flourishing futures for Black Fret and RajiWorld!

Black Fret

– Truly Julie


ABZ_Rolling Stone

We are so proud of our roster, representing with class and grace and much rock and roll in the midst of utter chaos! What a wild ride this year.

AKINA ADDERLEY & THE VINTAGE PLAYBOYS  “Just a few moments of unforgettable jam “Attitude” and you’ll be hooked on this nine-member Austin soul band. Frontwoman and songwriter Adderley is a commanding, joyous force. ” – DEBORAH SENGUPTA STITH – AUSTIN 360

“An amazing triple bill on Saturday with Nakia Reynoso of TV show, The Voice, SXSW performing artist, Akina Adderley and the consistently amazing, Hard Proof playing original Afrobeat songs joined forces at The Mohawk for an extended dance party. An unusually pleasant Texas evening segued into a an all-out jam beginning with Hard Proof early to get the crowd moving, then Akina Adderley and the Vintage Playboys then headliner, the always entertaining, Nakia. ” – GREG ACKERMAN – AUSTIN CONCERTS EXAMINER

THE AUSTIN BIKE ZOO “Austin is a serious biking city, as anyone trying to dodge drunk cyclists on a Saturday night knows. But the scariest bike we saw during SXSW is the Rattlesnake, an 80-foot, 34-wheel contraption that seats six riders in its belly and looks kinda like a Chinese New Year’s dragon might if you chewed on one mushroom too many. It’s one of the fantasies made by the Austin Bike Zoo, a crew of puppeteers, bike builders and theater types whose intent is mainly to blow minds, which in fact they do quite well.”  – ROLLING STONE 

“In between show artists like the Austin Bike Zoo as living thing, young and dynamic artists and digital scene in the Texas capital is.” – MARCUS SCHULER

“Sounds like an absolutely, delightful, wonderful little jangle pop band.” – CARTER DELLORO – OVERLOAD

“Their guitarist, Steven Schayer, is really, really good and really fun to watch.” – ROBIN SINHABABU – OVERLOAD

ELIZABETH MCQUEEN “Austin favorite Elizabeth McQueen was with the legendary band Asleep at the Wheel for eight years before making the decision to go solo. With her sultry, beautiful voice she is already making quite a splash on her own with her new CD, The Laziest Remix. She has already been featured in the Austin Chronicle, Texas Monthly, and Austin 360. With a national tour underway, Elizabeth will be playing her official showcase with The Brothers Lazaroff on Thursday, March 13th at Shotguns at 9PM.” – GINA SIGILLITO – AUSTIN LOCAL MUSICIAN EXAMINER
“Making name for herself as one of the music city’s most infectious voices. Known for her beautiful and timeless vocal style and buoyant and joyous live shows, she quickly became the one one to watch upon her arrival in Texas. One short year after settling in Austin, she was named by the Austin Chronicle as a young musician to watch.” -DIANE SCOTT – THE CONTINENTAL CLUB

THE FLESHTONES  “The Fleshtones demolished the divide between stage and audience during “Real Good Time Together,” with band members stepping deep into the crowd and leading it through the song’s chorus well after they stopped playing their instruments.” – GARY GRAFF – BILLBOARD

 “The veteran garage rock act tore into “Real Good Time Together,” an incendiary performance complete with gray-haired crowd-surfing and an audience sing-along that continued after the band stopped playing.” – JOE LYNCH – FUSE

“The ageless Fleshtones marching up the down the theater’s aisles leading the audience in a singalong to “Real Good Time Together”” – JIM TESTA – jerseybeat.com

“20 Artists You Must See at SXSW This Week” – PLEDGE MUSIC

RAINA ROSE “On Instagram, Steve Poltz summed up the highs and lows of a beautiful night gone horribly awry: SXSW- hectic. 1-saw Raina Rose play her official showcase last night. She had a full band and it was REALLY good. Loved it. Her voice equals beauty.” – MATTHEW T. HALL – UT SAN DIEGO 

“SXSW Interview: Raina Rose, Folk music ‘only exists in a community” – WILLIAM HARRIES GRAHAM – AUSTIN CHRONICLE

STEVE WYNN “Other significant highlights included Spandau Ballet’s rich treatment of “Satellite of Love,” Sean Lennon’s unrehearsed by still affecting “What Goes On” and Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3’s “Coney Island Baby.”   
“But the moments of musical transcendence were much more plentiful and thoroughly unforgettable. Among them: Steve Wynn with a heartbreaking “Coney Island Baby” and, fronting the Baseball Project as Mike Mills of R.E.M. and my old friend Linda Pitmon held down the rhythms, an epic, eardrum-threatening “Sister Ray”” – JIM DEROGATIS – WBEZ 91.5, CHICAGO
“Steve Wynn earned his place in rock history during the Eighties with the Dream Syndicate, a leading light of L.A.’s Paisley Underground psych-pop movement. Since then, he’s enjoyed an acclaimed solo career, though he’s currently savoring a well-received Dream Syndicate reunion” – MICHAEL TOLAND – AUSTIN CHRONICLE
SWM3 “Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3 rode waves of dynamic ups and downs beautifully throughout the cinematic “Coney Island Baby.” – Peter Blackstock – AUSTIN 360
 “I think that SW+M3 are the best rock band out there.  This short but intense and cathartic set just proves that point. A home run!” – ELIOT – nowiveheardeverything.com



Welcome to SXSW 2014!

RajiWorld SXSW 2014

South by Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference, the world’s leading music industry event, offers attendees the opportunity to explore the future of the music industry during the day at panels, talks, the Trade Show, Music Gear Expo and other conference activities at the Austin Convention Center. At night, the absolute best mix of musical performances from over 2,200 regional, national and international acts take place at the SXSW Music Festival. Altogether, SXSW presents unmatched networking opportunities, career-building conference programming and over 100 stages of music for showcasing bands and conference attendees. SXSW Music is now in its 28th year.

RajiWorld has been active with SXSW for 24 years! It is our favorite time of year and we have booked shows for families, badge-holders, locals and more. Please feel free to write for additional information roggie@rajiworld.com.


Folk Alliance

I will be joining many clients and friends this week at the 26th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FOLK ALLIANCE CONFERENCE
February 19th-23rd – Westin Hotel, Kansas City, MO .

You can find me at the hotel all weekend and I will be sharing the wonderful Bone Spirits Moonshine and gin! The gin is the only gin made from scratch in Texas, using Texas juniper berries (handpicked by friends of mine)! And Texas citrus zest, hand zested by those same pals.

They recommend gin & tonic, gin & juice, gin & ginger beer, gin martinis, I would like to step it up a notch and invite you to play mixologist with me. Let’s be creative! I am counting on you.

Meet me in the following showcases with your mixer of choice and your own glass/cup/mug/shoe….and let’s celebrate that we work in a field we adore!

Elizabeth McQueen

  • 02/02/14 St. David’s Austin TX
  • 02/09/14 St. David’s Austin TX
  • 02/20-21 Folk Alliance Kansas City MO
  • 02/20/14 8:00pm — Official Showcase in Roanoke Room
  • 02/20/14 12:00am — Room 737
  • 02/21/14 2:00pm — Room 737
  • 02/21/14 10:30pm — Room 742
  • 02/22/14 The Demo St. Louis MO

Julie Christensen

  • Thursday 11:00-11:30 p.m. in Garden Suite Room 738
  • Friday  11:50-12:10  in Room 555
  • Friday at 1:00 a.m. in Garden Suite Room 738
  • Saturday 11-12 pm ITR  in Room 713

Raina Rose

  • Friday 6:00 PM Willie P. Bennet Tribute Washington Park Place 3 Rm
  • Friday 12:00 AM ITR w/ Elizabeth McQueen in Poltz/Pressman #737
  • Friday  2-3:00 PM Rajiworld Presents Raina Rose & Elizabeth McQueen ITR in Poltz/Pressman #737
  • Friday 3-3:30 PM Cover Your Friends in Comboplate #752
  • Friday 10:30-11:30 PM w/ Rebecca Loebe, Smokey & The Mirror Pushing Chain #724
  • Friday  12:00 AM in Duty Free Room #707
  • Friday 14 1:30 AM in Poltz/Pressman #737
  • Saturday 10:30 AM FOLK Doc Brookside Room
  • Saturday 3-4pm w/ Halleyanna in #742
  • Saturday 6:00 PM OFFICIAL SHOWCASE in Pershing South
  • Saturday 10:30 PM in Comboplate #752
  • Saturday 11:30 PM w/ Kris Delmhorst in Poltz/Pressman #737
  • Saturday 12:30 AM in Hearth Music 12X12 room #537