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Austin Music Industry Award Winners Announced
Best radio station, record store, club, music writer, and more honored
"...3) Charles Attal, C3 Presents 4) Kevin Wommack 5) Don Pitts Runners-Up: Vallejo, Tim Gerron, Waterloo Records..."

Feb. 25, 2018 Music Post by James Renovitch

Playback: Best Austin Music Controversies of 2017
The year in quarrel
"...who filed a bogus invoice to recoup travel expenses, Don Pitts resigned from his founding post as head of..."

Dec. 22, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Playback: Death by David Vincent
Hanging with Morbid Angel singer-turned-country outlaw David Vincent and other dark tales of the live music capital
"...downed trees from a neighborhood and unloading trucks of donated goods...."

Oct. 27, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Playback: Sizing Up Music's Bite of the Hotel Tax
Two new municipal funding schemes look to finally impact Austin music
"...years that the therapist for former Music Office manager Don Pitts forbade him from even uttering the words "HOT..."

Sept. 15, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

"...for ACL Live at the Moody Theater. Shamaly succeeds Don Pitts, who resigned from the post in February. News..."

July 14, 2017 News Feature

New City Music Manager: Erica Shamaly
Marketing veteran takes over top municipal music post
" thrive, and for our culture to thrive. I don’t want to see any more people leaving.”..."

July 10, 2017 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Playback: Come & Take It
On Austin as a metal town, and a leaked shortlist for the next Austin Music Office boss
"...Theater brings in big-ticket acts like Slayer, Megadeth, and Mastodon. We're not Satan Tonio, but we ain't Branson either...."

July 7, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

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
"...that it's not going to be poor when it's done," he said of the legislation...."

May 26, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Playback: Music Policy Draft Fails Venues
A complete detachment from the original vision of the Omnibus
"...a unique opportunity for positive change" to "Please just don't make it worse." The Economic Development Department's recently unveiled..."

May 19, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

The Luv Doc: Extreme Douchebaggery
Stealthing is sexual assault, and sexual assault is considered a second degree felony in the state of Texas
"...Why? It might be because to do so would..."

May 19, 2017 Column by The Luv Doc

Playback – Now Hiring: Austin Music Office
Austin’s top governmental job in music is up for grabs
"...their Music Division, a top governmental position held by Don Pitts since the office's inception in 2010. Pitts resigned..."

April 28, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Mayor’s Omnibus Resolution: Actualization Is Hard
Moving into Phase II
"...resurfaced with last week's resignation of City Music Manager Don Pitts, specifically citing the challenges of city bureaucracy...."

Feb. 24, 2017 Music Feature by Doug Freeman

Playback: Mosaic Sound Collective Comes Into Focus
Mosaic Sound Collective's music hub and ancient atmospheric Adam Torres point to the future
"...White Horse/Hard Luck Lounge co-owner Denis O'Donnell says he's going to be Mosaic's food and beverage..."

Feb. 24, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

City Report on Music Division Revealed
Findings: Manager Don Pitts didn’t report fraudulent invoice
" city auditors, found evidence that Music Division head Don Pitts became aware that his subordinate attempted to defraud..."

Feb. 17, 2017 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Playback: The 2016/17 Austin Music Awards Reveal
"...Don Pitts shocked Austin's music community Tuesday by resigning as..."

Feb. 17, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Don Pitts Calls It Quits
City Music Manager resigns citing bureaucracy
"...Don Pitts has vacated his post as program manager of..."

Feb. 14, 2017 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Playback: Patio Smoking Ban in Flames
The Central Health Equity Policy Council's efforts to ban smoking on smoking patios meets with community resistance
"...Health met with ATX Music & Entertainment Division head Don Pitts, who related the experience in his department's newsletter,..."

Aug. 19, 2016 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Playback: The Future of Austin Recording Studios
Studio owners look at different solutions to surviving in an increasingly expensive city
"...for the run I've had in Austin, but I don't know how I could have made it last forever...."

Aug. 5, 2016 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

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
" the pre-game warm-up," cautions ATX Music Office Manager Don Pitts. "The game hasn't even started. The game is..."

July 1, 2016 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Music Venue Summit Today at 3pm
Club owners and city officials convene on permits and public safety
"...communication and enforcement as an issue for their business,” Don Pitts, manager of the Music & Entertainment Division, said..."

Jan. 25, 2016 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Public Notice: The New Industrial Revolution?
Is Mayor Adler our Teddy Roosevelt?
"...can solve this big, sticky mess, you will have done the world a favor possibly as large as what..."

Jan. 22, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Playback – Agents of Change: Downtown Clubs vs. Downtown Hotels
Can clubs and hotels coexist in Downtown Austin?
"...into the building," reads the report, authored by manager Don Pitts...."

Nov. 27, 2015 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Luv Doc: - * - = +
When is it appropriate to punch the Dalai Lama in the face?
"...the two of them spending time together, I just don't want to be involved. But now I regret saying..."

Oct. 2, 2015 Column

Playback: Austin Music's Cooperative Future
Could music collectives make Austin the next Music Row?
"..."We've gone from famine to feast," says Don Pitts, manager of the city's Music & Entertainment Division...."

Aug. 21, 2015 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Protect and Preserve
How can we keep Austin's cultural heritage authentic?
"...Working with city funding and private donations, the AACHD has already jump-started a number of preservation..."

July 24, 2015 News Feature by Cindy Widner

Playback: Austin Music Census
The Austin Music Census hits the fan. As does Tyler, the Creator!
"...the car rolling without looking under the hood. So Don Pitts, manager of the city's Music & Entertainment Division,..."

June 5, 2015 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

What Now for SXSW?
A year after tragedy, the city and the Festival look to a sustainable future
"...the new charity up and running and taking in donations by the early afternoon."..."

March 13, 2015 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

A Kinder, Gentler SXSW?
City to tighten "temporary" permits
" safety and, as the city's Music Program Manager Don Pitts puts it, "getting things back to being about..."

Feb. 6, 2015 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

SXSW Film Announces 2015 Lineup
Circling the Thunderdome
"...positive premieres at other fests, Andrew Bujalski and David Gordon Green will be showing their latest films, Results and..."

Feb. 3, 2015 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

Budget: Artificial Limits
Despite economic boom, Lege looks to restrict spending
"...without five-time Appropriations Committee chair, respected Waxahachie Republican Jim Pitts. Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, said, "The loss of Jim..."

Jan. 9, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

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