For the Music

Exclusive Austin music club closes out 2016 with star-studded show

Exclusive Austin music club closes out 2016 with star-studded show

Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Nakia
Nakia and a crew of Black Fret nominees. Photo by Amy Price
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Golden Dawn Arkestra
Golden Dawn Arkestra. Photo by Amy Price
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Calliope Musicals
Calliope Musicals. Photo by Amy Price
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Ray Prim
Ray Prim. Photo by Amy Price
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Leopold and His Fiction
Leopold and His Fiction. Photo by Amy Price
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Magna Carda
Magna Carda. Photo by Amy Price
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Harvest Thieves
Harvest Thieves. Photo by Amy Price
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Jackie Venson
Jackie Venson. Photo by Amy Price
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Suzanna Choffel Wendy Colonna
Suzanna Choffel and Wendy Colonna. Photo by Amy Price
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Swimming with Bears
Swimming with Bears. Photo by Amy Price
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 The Peterson Brothers
The Peterson Brothers. Photo by Amy Price
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Dana Falconberry
Dana Falconberry. Photo by Amy Price
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Eric Tessmer
Eric Tessmer. Photo by Amy Price
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Carson McHone
Carson McHone. Photo by Amy Price
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Bee Caves
Bee Caves. Photo by Amy Price
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 nominees team
The Black Fret team and 2016 nominees. Photo by Amy Price
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Matt Ott Mayor Steve Adler
Black Fret co-founder Matt Ott and Mayor Steve Adler. Photo by Amy Price
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Nakia
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Golden Dawn Arkestra
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Calliope Musicals
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Ray Prim
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Leopold and His Fiction
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Magna Carda
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Harvest Thieves
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Jackie Venson
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Suzanna Choffel Wendy Colonna
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Swimming with Bears
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 The Peterson Brothers
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Dana Falconberry
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Eric Tessmer
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Carson McHone
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Bee Caves
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 nominees team
Black Fret Black Ball 2016 Matt Ott Mayor Steve Adler

Music makers and music lovers from all around Austin gathered for Black Fret's third annual gala at Paramount Theatre. The sold-out affair was one-part concert and one-part awards show, as Black Fret handed out $220,000 in grants to 20 deserving singers, songwriters, and musicians.

"I'm still waiting for Kanye to show up at my door and tell me Beyoncé deserves this grant," said long-time Austin musician and 2016 grant recipient Ray Prim. "Seriously, on the real, I've been playing music in Austin since 1992 and this is the best thing that's ever happened to me hands down."

Black Fret members pay to join the exclusive organization and are rewarded with access to special events. This allows the nonprofit to award tens of thousands of dollars in grant money each year to the Austinites that make our city the Live Music Capital of the World.

"To feel the love for Austin music at the Paramount as we awarded $220,000 to this year's group of Black Fret artists was an amazing experience," said Black Fret co-founder Matt Ott. "It is an honor to stand on that stage while grants are awarded to such incredible talent."

Major grant recipients ($17,000):
Bee Caves
Carson McHone
Dan Dyer
Nakia
Ray Prim
Suzanna Choffel
Swimming With Bears
The Peterson Brothers
Walker Lukens
Wendy Colonna

Minor grant recipients ($5,000)
Brownout
Calliope Musicals
Dana Falconberry
Daniel Eyes & The Vibes
Golden Dawn Arkestra
Harvest Thieves
Leopold and His Fiction
Magna Carda
Sweet Spirit
The Name Sayers