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City names artists for

digital tipping program

The city of Austin’s Music and Entertainment Division, within the Economic Development Department, has announced 10 Austin musicians and bands selected for the Tip the Band digital tipping grant program.

Participants are Atash, Church on Monday, Derek Phelps, Gina Chavez, the Human Circuit, Jackie Venson, Kathy and the Kilowatts, Superfónicos, the Watters and Will Southern.

The program aims to address affordability concerns for Austin’s music community by creating a new revenue stream for musicians. Through the use of a digital tipping vessel, artists can collect digital tips from fans using a debit and/or credit card within seconds.

Grantees will use the vessels to collect digital tips at live performances for a six-month period, for all local and traveling shows. The selected musicians will be required to market and promote their use of Tip the Band alongside a promotional campaign implemented by the Music and Entertainment Division. Following a six-month evaluation period, and upon submitting a final report, the band may continue using the vessel to collect tips.

The program aims to increase musician compensation to help address affordability pressures experienced by the artists, elevate the practice of tipping local musicians and determine the effectiveness of this type of technology as a solution for increasing revenue among Austin musicians.

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Austin Utilities to give

tips on lowering bills

Austin Utilities will host a community outreach meeting to help customers manage and lower utility bills this summer from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 5226 W. William Cannon Drive.

Residents can get tips to lower summer utility bills, talk with representatives about energy and water use, learn how to monitor usage from a phone or tablet and find out about rebates for energy and water efficiency. Attendees can learn about…

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