Austin Music Map Fact Sheet
About: Founded in April 2012, KUT’s Austin Music Map is a new multimedia documentary project that explores Austin diverse musical communities. From conjunto at the Moose Lodge to gospel at Deliverance Temple to a renegade marching band floating on Barton Creek, the Austin Music Map documents and celebrates Austin’s musical cultures, exploring what it means to be the Live Music Capital of the World. The Austin Music Map also invites the community to participate in this documentation, gathering audio, sound, and videos from the public, and asking Austinites to lead us to musical corners of the city we never would have known about before.
Mission: The project seeks to reveal and strengthen connections between musical communities across Austin, to forge new relationships with KUT audiences, to encourage exploration and civic participation through storytelling and music, and to extend the reach of public media in central Texas.
Online and broadcast platforms: Radio features air on KUT 90.5 during Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Texas Music Matters. Accompanying video features appear on kut.org. All stories and community-submitted media will live on an interactive website—designed in collaboration with interactive storytelling partner Zeega and set to launch by December. This site will allow users to navigate and explore musical places across the city, and contribute their own stories and media related to Austin music.
Stories: A full list of radio and video stories can be found at http://kut.org/austin-music-map/
Staff: Delaney Hall (lead producer), Haley Howle (Community Outreach and Events Coordinator), Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon (KUT videographer and photographer), and David Brown (Project Editor and Host of KUT’s Texas Music Matters)
Collaborators: The Austin Music Map is a collaborative production by Delaney Hall, KUT, Zeega and The Association of Independents in Radio, Inc. (AIR) The project is part of a Localore, a national initiative of AIR designed to bring new journalistic and technical ingenuity to extending public media service to more Americans. From Chinese restaurants in Boston, to shuttered factories in Dayton, to the oilfields of North Dakota, to Bay Area startups, the ten Localore production teams are working with their public station incubators to uncover ground-up stories of America in transition. Learn more, and follow the work underway in the field at AIRmediaworks.org.
AIR is a creative brain trust made up of more than 860 media makers from across the US and 20 countries worldwide who are re-imagining and reinventing public media and journalism for the 21st century. Its programs are designed to identify, cultivate, and deploy gifted talent for the benefit of citizens across the U.S.
Zeega is dedicated to inventing new forms of interactive storytelling through its award-winning multimedia publishing platform and a growing series of innovative documentary projects that span the globe and uncover new perspectives on human experience.
Funding: AIR is producing the Localore initiative with financial support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Wyncote Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.