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"...Music Business Hall of Fame 1) Craig Stewart, SXSW 2) Band Aid School of Music 3) Charles Attal, C3 Presents 4) Kevin Wommack 5) Don Pitts Runners-Up: Vallejo, Tim Gerron, Waterloo Records..."
"...Amid a probe into how he disciplined a former employee who filed a bogus invoice to recoup travel expenses, Don Pitts resigned from his founding post as head of the city's Music & Entertainment Division in February, citing fatigue with municipal politics. By all appearances, a protracted hiring process ended happily with the installation of Erica Shamaly, ousted marketing director at the Moody Theater and onetime aide-de-camp for Austin Psych Fest/Levitation. Westin v..."
"...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..."
"...Cultural Arts programs receive 15% of the municipal slice annually, with $11.7 million projected for 2018, funding music constituents would kill for. The competition for tax revenue has been so fierce in the past several years that the therapist for former Music Office manager Don Pitts forbade him from even uttering the words "HOT tax." [inset-1-right]..."
"...Rock On Austin's Music & Entertainment Division has a new manager: Erica Shamaly, until recently the director of marketing for ACL Live at the Moody Theater. Shamaly succeeds Don Pitts, who resigned from the post in February..."
"...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.”..."
"...The main desk at Austin's Music Office has sat empty since February. Don Pitts, who helmed the Music & Entertainment Division since its 2010 formulation, resigned mid-winter due to discontent with city bureaucracy..."
"...The mayor also acknowledged staff's challenges of creating venue-centric policy as the Music Office's top seat sits vacant. In fact, he revealed that he'd like to tap former department head Don Pitts to advise on music issues..."
"...At a similar event last July at the Palm Door, venue owners expressed concerns that the Entertainment License would spell meaningless over-regulation if not tied to specific incentives. The meeting's moderator, Don Pitts – who retired this spring – agreed that the integrity of the license hinged on it being rewarding for good actors, rather than punitive...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...Shortly after the release of 2006 bow Nostra Nova, he "departed from the idea of being a touring musician," finished at Ohio University, lived in Ecuador, attended grad school here at UT, and worked water quality studies in the Rio Grande. Throughout that time, Torres hummed hundreds of songs, but only when Pittsburgh indie Misra Records reissued his debut long-player on vinyl in 2015 did the music business beckon again...."
"...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..."
"...Don Pitts shocked Austin's music community Tuesday by resigning as program manager for the city's Music & Entertainment Division, a position he's held since the office's formation in 2010. "I realize it is time for me to not work within a bureaucracy any longer," he wrote in his resignation letter..."
"...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...."
"...Controversy sparked, Central Health met with ATX Music & Entertainment Division head Don Pitts, who related the experience in his department's newsletter, writing that the two parties discussed: "How we can partner in exploring the possibility of implementing some of their educational programs within our music ecosystem that would not involve legislation that would impact the economic health of our already struggling live music venues by prohibiting outdoor smoking on patios and outdoor areas of venues."..."
"...Central Health's Equity Policy Council is "pumping the brakes" on their proposal to ban smoking on patios, Communications Director Ted Burton tells "Playback." The health care organization, which funds HAAM and SIMS, now wants to expand dialogue with the community. Central Health reps plan to meet with ATX Music Office manager Don Pitts Thursday, followed by a meeting with Austin Music People's Jennifer Houlihan and venue owners next week...."
"..."This is the pre-game warm-up," cautions ATX Music Office Manager Don Pitts. "The game hasn't even started..."
"...“This Summit is in direct response to the Census last year that indicated venue owners and managers claimed an inconsistency with city communication and enforcement as an issue for their business,” Don Pitts, manager of the Music & Entertainment Division, said in a statement. “We are happy to facilitate this event and conversation to ensure we offer information and solutions that are helpful for venue owners and managers as they prepare for the spring festival season.”..."