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Don Pitts Calls It Quits
City Music Manager resigns citing bureaucracy
DAILY Music  February 14, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Don Pitts has vacated his post as program manager of Austin’s Music & Entertainment Division, an office operating under his leadership since launching in 2010. He notified his supervisor this morning with a letter of resignation – effective immediately...."

Pitts in Pursuit of 'the Big Lies'
Leonard Pitts Jr. speaks at Texas Freedom Network lobby day
News Story  March 25, 2011, by Michael King
"...On Monday, the Statesman featured a Leonard Pitts Jr. column on the futility of writing columns – "Facts might be stupid things, but they are still facts" – and the man himself visited Austin that afternoon to expound on the subject..."

You Can Win If You Don't Play?
At the Lege, the most meaningful votes may not be votes at all
News Story  April 8, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...Take the final passage of HB 1 out of the House Appropriations Committee on March 23. Within five minutes of gaveling in, Chair Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, had voted it out to the full floor..."

Governor Don't Care
Book tour plans and talk of partial term
DAILY News  November 1, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...Of course, let's not ignore the looming deficit: Because ignoring it is Perry's job. Not only has he accused House Appropriations Committee Chair Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, of pulling the state's then-$18 billion deficit out of thin air (it's now closer to $24 billion), but he has pointedly resisted requests from Sen..."

Do They Know Something We Don't Know?
Four representatives have now filed papers to challenge Speaker Tom Craddick. Can he last the five day to Sine Die?
DAILY News  May 22, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...Then yesterday Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, who launched an all-or-nothing (mostly nothing) challenge against Craddick at the beginning of the session, filed new paperwork for his new challenge, and the floodgates opened..."

City Report on Music Division Revealed
Findings: Manager Don Pitts didn’t report fraudulent invoice
DAILY Music  February 17, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...The inquiry, executed by city auditors, found evidence that Music Division head Don Pitts became aware that his subordinate attempted to defraud the office and did not report it to his supervisors. A city employee failing to report wrongdoing is in violation of an administrative bulletin..."

Playback – Now Hiring: Austin Music Office
Austin’s top governmental job in music is up for grabs
Music Column  April 27, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...The City's Economic Development Department (EDD) this week posted an online application for manager of their Music Division, a top governmental position held by Don Pitts since the office's inception in 2010. Pitts resigned in February, citing excessive bureaucracy, then returned as a consultant to assist through the busy spring festival season..."

Playback: Austin Music Census
The Austin Music Census hits the fan. As does Tyler, the Creator!
Music Column  June 4, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...That figure keeps the "Live Music Capital of the World" T-shirts in production and invites complacency from those who want to keep the car rolling without looking under the hood. So Don Pitts, manager of the city's Music & Entertainment Division, took the initiative to appraise the local music economy last fall...."

A Kinder, Gentler SXSW?
City to tighten "temporary" permits
News Story  February 5, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Five weeks from today, the city will assume the unenviable task of wrangling and perhaps – at least moderately – shrinking the events surrounding South by Southwest in hopes of increasing city safety and, as the city's Music Program Manager Don Pitts puts it, "getting things back to being about music discovery."..."

Trying To Hit the Right Note
City's sound ordinance back on front burner
News Story  January 27, 2012, by Mike Kanin
"...30). Don Pitts, manager of the music division in the city's Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office, says he was "disappointed" in the police action..."

Protect and Preserve
How can we keep Austin's cultural heritage authentic?
News Story  July 23, 2015, by Cindy Widner
"...Houlihan holds that the area's musical heritage – and even its music – can be preserved and protected under a wide variety of circumstances, including the introduction of high-rise residential buildings in the area. Don Pitts, music and entertainment division manager for the city's economic development department, is more skeptical about that happening without zoning restrictions...."

Event Horizon
As festivals, crowds, and expenses proliferate – is Austin approaching major event overload?
News Story  July 12, 2013, by Mike Kanin
"...It accounts for the most calendar time, the most staff time, the most public attention, and the largest attendance. Says Don Pitts of the city's Music Division – who put in over 100 office hours during SXSW 2013: "I know that for our little office ....."

Sorry, Charlie, Too Much Cheer
Silencing a bar that's been coming through loud and queer
DAILY Qmmunity  August 17, 2012, by Tyler Pratt
"...Don Pitts, the city's Music Program Manager, agrees with the former statement, adding that people can contact City Council and the Music Commission to voice their concerns. He also emphasizes that the permit renewal is not an attack on CUC, but characterizes that it is an enforcement of code that was changed last year by City Council...."

Mayor’s Omnibus Resolution: Actualization Is Hard
Moving into Phase II
Music Story  February 23, 2017, by Doug Freeman
"...Now Mayor Adler has convened "Phase II" of the Omnibus plan, establishing five municipal groups to take up the other recommendations not being addressed. Yet even as those committees begin the process of research and receiving input from stakeholders throughout the city, skepticism of just how effective the city can be in helping spur the creative ecosystem resurfaced with last week's resignation of City Music Manager Don Pitts, specifically citing the challenges of city bureaucracy...."

Two, Three ... Many Festivals = How Many Cops?
As special events grow, so does the need for police
News Story  April 19, 2013, by Mike Kanin
"...As is the accompanying strain on local infrastructure. Don Pitts is the manager of the city's Music Division..."

Playback: Cheer Up Charlie's Sounds Off
The Rashomon view of Cheer Up Charlie's
Music Column  August 31, 2012, by Kevin Curtin
"...Feeling let down by the city, they've turned to the community for support by speaking out in the media and circulating petitions. All the attention raises a central question perhaps underlying the whole episode: Is this the first shot in an approaching battle between residents and music venues on the Eastside? Don Pitts, music program manager for the city of Austin, says no...."

After a Fashion
Stephen finally gets to use the phrase "porn star and welfare-mother-turned-singer-and-social-activist" in a column
Columns  June 6, 2008, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...Says the charming Mr. Segal, "I am fortunate to work for people at News 8 who allow me to bring on event organizers and representatives from [AIDS Services of Austin] or Project Transitions to help spread the word that there's this really fun party that will help raise dollars for people in Central Texas who really need the help." After lounging for too many hours under the umbrella and waiting for the sun to set lower in the sky, I departed for the pool party/birthday party that Kat Jones of Milkshake Media was throwing along with her husband, Don Pitts, for Evan Voyles' 50th birthday..."

Playback: Death by David Vincent
Hanging with Morbid Angel singer-turned-country outlaw David Vincent and other dark tales of the live music capital
Music Column  October 26, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Don Pitts, former head of Austin's Music & Entertainment Division, has been hired by the City of Pittsburgh to help strategically develop their musical ecosystem and increase peace between venues and neighborhoods. This month, Pittsburgh venue James Street Speakeasy announced it would close due to constant sound complaints from neighbors..."

Public Notice: Does Business Really Hate Education?
It's way past time for some new voices on education policy
News Column  October 9, 2014, by Nick Barbaro
"...And the Health Department has increased fees from $35/booth for events of two days or less, to $98/booth for 1-5 days, and from $90 to $145 for events of 6-14 days. Questions? Contact Music Program Manager Don Pitts,, or the main office at"

New City Music Manager: Erica Shamaly
Marketing veteran takes over top municipal music post
DAILY Music  July 10, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Shamaly will be just the second person to hold the city’s top music position since the office was founded in 2010. Don Pitts held it from its creation until February when he quit, writing in his resignation letter, “I realize it is time for me to not work within a bureaucracy any longer.”..."

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