AUSTIN, TX (March 9th, 2021) – The Red River Cultural District (RRCD) is proud to announce that Banding Together ATX has served over 3,000 individuals by delivering $225,000 in H-E-B gift cards since March 2020. Our disaster relief program addresses food insecurity by serving workers in the music, service and hospitality sectors in the greater-Austin area that have been un- or underemployed doe to the pandemic. The RRCD is currently fundraising for Round 5 funding and more details will be available soon.

Applications Are Currently Closed.

Banding Together ATX is an emergency relief grant program intended to support Austin’s live music community including the music, service, hospitality, and creative sector workers that rely on regular programming and continual income to survive. Local residents who are currently unemployed due to COVID-19 are eligible to apply – including those who have previously applied and/or those were approved for prior funding – although applicants must meet the following requirements in order to qualify:

  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Reside in Austin or the greater-Austin area;
  • Be unemployed at the time of application; and
  • Have lost employment as a direct result of the COVID-19 outbreak, in one of the following businesses: music venue, musician, live performance artist, music marketing/photography/content, bar, event production/activation, food and beverage, hotel, hospitality/destination management company

Local residents and music lovers across the country are encouraged to donate to this ongoing fundraiser that helps to support workers from one of today’s most iconic music communities. All contributions to both RRCD and Banding Together ATX are tax-deductible, with donations being accepted online at  Notable business donors for Banding Together ATX include H‑E‑B’s “Helping Here“ food assistance program as well as Tito’s Handmade Vodka’s “Love, Tito’s” philanthropic initiative.

For future Banding Together ATX news as well as other announcements from RRCD, please visit Fans are also encouraged to follow along on social media, including Facebook at @redriverculturaldistrict, Instagram at @redriverculturaldistrict, and Twitter at @defendredriver.

We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All the contributions are tax deductible. No goods or services will be provided in exchange for the contribution.


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