Tish Hinojosa speaks out about fair pay for musicians

Singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa is a veteran musician based in Austin. Photo by KELLY WEST / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa is a veteran musician based in Austin. Photo by KELLY WEST / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

When the Austin Music Census, which surveyed Austinites who work in the music industry, was released last summer, issues like affordability rose to the forefront. It sparked discussions among city officials, musicians, venue owners and music fans about how to keep the music scene vibrant in a city that’s branded itself the “Live Music Capital of the World.”

In an editorial piece for the Austin American-Statesman, veteran singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa wrote about the importance of fair pay for musicians and her experiences performing in Austin over the years.

Hinojosa, who was recently featured in an Austin360 holiday music video series, moved to Europe in 2005. She returned to a different Austin in 2013, and has been rebuilding her noted career.

In her recent opinion piece, Hinojosa writes that change in Austin is inevitable but that, “The changes I see reflect a city that loves what the title ‘Live Music Capital Of The World” has brought Austin, but also one that is turning a blind eye to problems facing musicians who need decent pay…” Read Hinojosa’s editorial in its entirety here.