Austin non-profit Black Fret hosted its 2nd annual Black Ball gala to celebrate local musicians. Black Fret gave out 10 $12,000 major grants and 10 $3,000 minor grants last Friday Dec. 4, at the Paramount Theatre. The event also featured performances by many the nominees.
Major grant winners included Casey McPherson, Danny Malone, East Cameron Folkcore, Gina Chavez, Migrant Kids, Mother Falcon, Ruby Jane, Shakey Graves, Tameca Jones and The Digital Wild. Minor grant winners included Aaron Behrens, Dan Dyer, Holiday Mountain, Jazz Mills, Max Frost, Nakia, Not In The Face, Riders Against The Storm, Shinyribs and The Nightowls.
Photo gallery by ChinLin Pan
Black Fret handed a major grant to Ruby Jane.
Migrant Kids also received a major grant from Black Fret.
Casey McPherson of Alpha Rev is one of 10 recipients of the major grant from Black Fret.
Band members from Not in the Face received a minor grant from Black Fret last Friday.
From left to right: Matt Ott (co-founder of Black Fret), Jonathan Terrell of Not In The Face, and Colin Kendrick (co-founder of Black Fret). Not in the Face is one of 10 recipients of the minor grant.
Danny Malone and his band members received a major grant last Friday.
Black Fret co-founders Matt Ott and Colin Kendrick pose for the cameras with Danny Malone and band at the red carpet for the Black Ball gala.
The Digital Wild pose with Black Fret co-founder Collin Kendrick. The band received a major grant.
Nakia received a minor grant from Black Fret.
Jazz Mills, one of 10 recipients for the minor grant from Black Fret, appeared at the red carpet.
Tameca Jones and a fellow band mate smile for cameras at the red carpet of Black Fret’s Black Ball gala. Tameca received a major grant.
Tameca Jones and Black Fret co-founder Matt Ott
Dan Dyer received a minor grant from Black Fret.
Riders Against the Storm received a minor grant from Black Fret.