Jennifer Houlihan, one of Austin music’s most powerful champions, announced Friday afternoon that she is stepping down as executive director of Austin Music People to accept a position at Nomad Sound. Houlihan has spent her four-and-a-half-year term at the advocacy-based nonprofit working as a crucial liaison between key interests in Austin’s music industry and City Hall.
“AMP would not be what it is today without Houli’s leadership over the last 4+ years. She’s been at the center of so many vital conversations, and we are extremely thankful for her service to our community,” Bobby Garza, executive board member for Austin Music People, said in a statement about the announcement.
Garza said Houlihan’s departure gives the organization an opportunity to “review our service to this community, engage in the current policy conversations surrounding music, and create a new path forward in our advocacy.”
Houlihan joins the team at Nomad Sound, an Austin-based company that specializes in audio production for live events, as director of business development. She also will continue consultant work for Lyft, a ride-hailing company that ended operations in Austin earlier this year after a costly ballot initiative to ease restrictions on ride-hailing companies mandated by an Austin city ordinance failed.
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Houlihan described her position as “helping to serve as a liaison to Austin’s nightlife economy during this legislative session,” in an email Friday afternoon.
“And of course, I’ll continue my volunteer involvement with great community organizations including Evolve Austin, Black Fret, and ATX Safer Streets. So you can expect that I’ll continue to have (and share) opinions on things like affordable housing for creatives, safe late-night-transportation options, creative workforce development, and much more,” she said.