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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
"...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..."

Playback: Best Austin Music Controversies of 2017
The year in quarrel
Music Column  December 21, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...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..."

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..."

Playback: Sizing Up Music's Bite of the Hotel Tax
Two new municipal funding schemes look to finally impact Austin music
Music Column  September 14, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...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]..."

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News Story  July 13, 2017
"...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..."

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.”..."

Playback: Come & Take It
On Austin as a metal town, and a leaked shortlist for the next Austin Music Office boss
Music Column  July 6, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...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..."

Playback: Sunday Morning Coming Down
Last Sunday marked the death of two Austin music connectors; plus, in regards to local public policy, Mayor Steve Adler calls
Music Column  May 25, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...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..."

Playback: Music Policy Draft Fails Venues
A complete detachment from the original vision of the Omnibus
Music Column  May 18, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...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 Luv Doc: Extreme Douchebaggery
Stealthing is sexual assault, and sexual assault is considered a second degree felony in the state of Texas
Columns  May 18, 2017, by The Luv Doc


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..."

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...."

Playback: Mosaic Sound Collective Comes Into Focus
Mosaic Sound Collective's music hub and ancient atmospheric Adam Torres point to the future
Music Column  February 23, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."

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: The 2016/17 Austin Music Awards Reveal
Music Column  February 16, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...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 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...."

Playback: Patio Smoking Ban in Flames
The Central Health Equity Policy Council's efforts to ban smoking on smoking patios meets with community resistance
Music Column  August 18, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...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."..."

Playback: The Future of Austin Recording Studios
Studio owners look at different solutions to surviving in an increasingly expensive city
Music Column  August 4, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."

Playback – Omnibus: Destination Unknown
Vetting City Hall's recommendations to Mayor Adler's arts Omnibus and unveiling Sound on Sound Fest's Renaissance location and debut lineup
Music Column  June 30, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"..."This is the pre-game warm-up," cautions ATX Music Office Manager Don Pitts. "The game hasn't even started..."

Music Venue Summit Today at 3pm
Club owners and city officials convene on permits and public safety
DAILY Music  January 25, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...“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.”..."

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