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Playback – Nonprofit Holidays: The Cult of Black Fret and More
Homegrown music nonprofits that need your holiday cheer
Music Column  December 15, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...When Dan Dyer accepted his $17,000 grant at Saturday's Black Fret Ball, the local singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist promised, "I'm going to invest all this money in Dell ... or whatever you guys tell me."..."

Black Fret Ball
PHOTO GALLERY  November 11, 2014
"...Organizers and founders Matt Ott and Colin Kendrick on the red carpet at the first Black Fret Ball..."

Catfish in Black Bean Sauce
All of us are strands of noodles in one big bowl of pho. That's a bit simplistic, but it more or less states this movie's theme and stays in keeping...
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Film Review  September 8, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Dwayne's roommate dates an Asian-American transvestite, although he insists he is straight. Dwayne's adoptive parents fret over their children's potential realignment of affections, while their birth mother turns out to be something other than the maternal ideal of their dreams..."

Don't Fret the Technique
'Guitar Hero' goes mobile
Screens Story  March 6, 2009, by James Renovitch


Playback: And the Armadillos Went Wild
Threadgill’s World Headquarters goes the way of its predecessor, the Armadillo World Headquarters, plus Black Fret offers more than just money
Music Column  December 6, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...On Friday, musician patronage nonprofit Black Fret awards a quarter-million dollars to bands at their annual Black Fret Ball. Based on voting from the group's membership, 10 acts will receive $20,000 grants and the remaining 10 will receive $5,000..."

Playback: Margaret Moser’s Final Act
Margaret Moser tribute concert, following Black Fret's money, and a last chance to nominate locals in the Austin Music Poll – this week!
Music Column  December 7, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Friends, family, and fans show Margaret off this Sunday, 2-6pm, at Antone's. Tickets, $20, are available now. Black Fret: Where's the Money Go?..."

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Live reviews of Big Bill, Protextor, Black Fret Ball, and Margaret Moser’s memorial concert
Music Column  December 14, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"..."It feels so fucking good to finally play these songs," Puckett smiled before closing with dance funk single "Not Tonight," which instructs us to be vigilant, but still take time to dance, laugh, and be with friends. All in attendance obliged. [image-3-right] Black Fret Ball..."

Mozart's Sister
Wolfgang had a sister who was also a musical prodigy. Guess which sibling the history books remember.
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Film Review  December 16, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten


Playback: Barracuda on the Block
Music Column  December 10, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"..."This allows us to do a lot of shows with Transmission Events. We've put so much on the table, financially and with our time, that we have no choice but to make it a success." Ballin' With Black Fret..."

Paying the Dues
Postmarks  April 8, 2015
"...Dear Editor, It's about time someone says this: Black Fret is a country club for music fans. I know that every musician in Austin is excited that they might be the next band to get 10 grand from this organization, so they don't say anything negative..."

Playback: Fringe Radio
Austin's newest radio frequency, Fringe
Music Column  April 11, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...› Musician nonprofit Black Fret has named its 2014 grant nominees: Amy Cook, Danny Malone, Dawn and Hawkes, East Cameron Folkcore, Elias Haslanger and Church on Monday, Elizabeth McQueen, Emily Bell, Erin Ivey, Gina Chavez, Graham Wilkinson, Jitterbug Vipers, Jonny Gray, Lincoln Durham, Little Radar, Mother Falcon, Quiet Company, the Rocketboys, Whiskey Sisters, Wild Child, and Zeale. Ten $10,000 grant recipients, selected by Black Fret members and their mentor board, will be announced in November..."

Playback: T for Texas, T for Starlings, TN
Double dulcimer reunion and other musical Thanksgiving
Music Column  November 29, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"..."We're closer now than ever," reports Stubblefield, smiling at his friend. Black Fret..."

The Spirit of the City and the Letter of the Law Collide at Sekrit Theater
Beau Reichert struggles with the city over his backyard arts complex
News Story  September 1, 2016, by Nina Hernandez
"...Not everyone in SOL coexisted with the Sekrit Theater so peacefully. Some households have taken issue with the foot traffic, noise, and parking issues created by some of the bigger charity events Reichert began to host, such as Fusebox and Black Fret..."

Playback: Lines, Rhymes, and Redemption
The line at Fun Fun Fun Fest wasn't the only show last weekend
Music Column  November 13, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...Black Fret, the new nonprofit employing the fine-arts patronage model to provide $10,000 grants to local musicians, announced its inaugural recipients on Saturday: Gina Chavez, Amy Cook, Lincoln Durham, Erin Ivey, Mother Falcon, Elizabeth McQueen, the Rocketboys, Quiet Company, Wild Child, and Graham Wilkinson...."

Five Questions for Carson McHone
Old residency, old songs redone, and the old, Deep South
DAILY Music  November 6, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...That record’s being mixed right now. I recorded it with Mike in Nashville using a grant I got from Black Fret...."

Playback: Nancy Fly Waves Bye-Bye
Pioneering Austin booker Nancy Fly retires, and ATX gets a hip-hop festival
Music Column  August 14, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...› NPR-approved rockers Quiet Company return to Hill Country studio Orb, where they recorded forthcoming LP Transgressor with Blue October's Matt Noveskey, streaming an interview and live performance Saturday, 9pm. The event, brought to you by local music patrons Black Fret, gives fans a sneak peek at songs from Quiet Company's first album of new material since 2011's We Are All Where We Belong took home almost as many Austin Music Awards as Grammys residing in Ray Benson's Asleep at the Wheel trophy case...."

Playback: The Austin Music Poll's 11th Hour
A final push to get out the vote in the Austin Music Poll
Music Column  January 28, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Best New Band will become the highest-voted category upon realization that it effectively has a cash prize. Music nonprofit Black Fret automatically nominates that winner into their patronage system, which means they'll earn either a $3,000 or $10,000 grant...."

Austin Music Industry Award Winners Announced
Best radio station, record store, club, music writer, and more honored
DAILY Music  February 25, 2018, by James Renovitch
"...Best Music Support Nonprofit 1) HAAM 2) Austin Music Foundation 3) Black Fret 4) SIMS 5) Swan Songs Runners-Up: Kids in a New Groove, Anthropos Arts, Attendance Records..."

Playback: HAAM Payback
Austin music says thanks for saving our butt, HAAM
Music Column  August 27, 2015
"..."It was a dark moment," sighs Reynoso, who made his name nationally on NBC's The Voice and suddenly found himself without one. "I had to turn down a gig at the Paramount opening for Christopher Cross, I had to cancel a show for Black Fret who've nominated me for their 2015 grant, and I had to call off a speaking engagement in Nashville for MusiCares..."

Wood & Wire Nominated for Grammy
Austin pickers earn Best Bluegrass Album nod
DAILY Music  December 8, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...The same day Wood & Wire received the Grammy nomination, they were awarded a $20,000 grant at the Black Fret Ball. Their performance at the event, held at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, drew some of the loudest applause of the evening..."

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