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Urgent--Action Today! PLEASE send email to the Austin Music Commission by 6pm!

Amit Motwani
Austin, TX, United States

Feb 1, 2021 — 

Dear Esquina family and neighbors, you might knw that the Austin Music Commission is meeting today at 6:30 pm to discuss the issue that Esquina is facing.  We encourage you to please send an email before 6pm to all of the commissioners demonstrating your support. You can send it to all the commissioners listed below, and here is an example that you can feel free to personalize or just copy and paste what you see below between the dotted lines (later you can also copy and paste this to send to all councilmembers at this convenient link, but first please make sure to send it to the music commissioners below):

To: bc-Rick.Carney@austintexas.gov; BC-Paul.Pinon@austintexas.gov; BC-Oren.Rosenthal@austintexas.gov; BC-Anne.Charlotte.P@austintexas.gov; bc-Gavin.Garcia@austintexas.gov; BC-Doug.Leveton@austintexas.gov; bc-Graham.Reynolds@austintexas.gov; BC-Chaka.Mahone@austintexas.gov; BC-Stuart.Sullivan@austintexas.gov; bc-Al.Duarte@austintexas.gov; BC-Patrice.Pike@austintexas.gov

Subject: In Support of Item 2A - Help Esquina find a way

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Dear City of Austin Music Commissioner,

Esquina Tango has been a jewel of an institution in our neighborhood for 15 years, bringing together a diverse community to experience movement, arts, and language through the lens of Latinx and international culture.  A permitting technicality (sound) is stopping them from doing outdoor events and threatens to end their valuable work. 

Please help us find a way to temporarily allow Esquina to do their valuable work outdoors.  During this pandemic we must all pull together to help each other survive, and we know that there is a creative compromise that we can strike to make this happen.

Esquina has been an indoor venue, community center, and beloved neighbor for years, providing healing movement for participants and badly needed income streams for instructors and performers:

1)      When the pandemic hit, Esquina closed their doors and adapted classes to online, supporting instructors while keeping their diverse members connected and moving in zoom classes.

2)      Months into the pandemic, the luster of online classes began to fade, and Esquina adapted, working with engineers health experts and dozens of volunteers to design platforms, enabling individuals and pod groups to participate in a safely distanced way to enjoy outdoor classes and music, all at moderate volume and ending at 9pm.

3)      The audible music (think bossa nova / tango) played outdoors at the equivalent level of what a resident might be able to play in their own yard through electric speakers, but since Esquina is not a nonprofit "business" it can't play the same volume of music (through speakers) as a resident.

4)      We have the imagination to find a way to temporarily allow this: Think restaurants with tables in their parking lots and handicapped spots, think drive through cocktails--Can we be creative FOR the creatives? 

5)      I urge you to please work together to find a suitable temporary compromise, to let your councilperson know the importance of this issue, and to demonstrate that Austinites really do care for the survival of musicians, teachers, and artists whose cultural investment drives so much of the capital investment in our city.

Please support Item 2A to find a way four our favorite neighbor Esquina.  Thank you for your stewardship of music and arts

Sincerely,

[NAME]

[EMAIL]

[phone/zip code if you like]

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