Gary Keller gears up for tune-up of iconic Austin music venue

Residential real estate mogul and music patron Gary Keller has rescued another iconic music venue in Austin.

Keller — co-founder and executive chairman of Austin-based Keller Williams, now the world’s largest residential real estate company — recently purchased the Tuscan-style One World Theatre in West Austin.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the venue hasn’t hosted many shows or events since 2020. In fact, One World Theatre has been closed since February. Nick Shuley, executive director of Austin Music Movement, Keller’s music advocacy group, says plans are underway to reopen the venue, but details aren’t available yet.

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Gary Keller: the Unlikely Champion of Austin’s Live Music Scene

Although he admits to playing a pretty mean rhythm guitar, you won’t find Austin-based real estate mogul Gary Keller rocking a crowd. But while the Keller Williams Realty founder might never be featured on the Stubb’s Bar-B-Q marquee, he’s quietly become a star of the local music scene.

Since 2017, his music advocacy group, the Austin Music Movement, has distributed upwards of $10 million into the city’s music economy, including for nonprofits like the SIMS Foundation, All ATX, and Black Fret. Just as important, he’s helping to preserve pieces of Austin’s musical history. In 2016, when The Saxon Pub was on the verge of closure, Keller not only purchased the property, but provided the capital for long-overdue renovations. “The business of real estate is one I know very well,” he says, “but at the same time, some real estate needs to be respected for its past, for what it represents.”

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Austin City Council approves $15 million SAVES plan to help restaurants, music venues

AUSTIN, Texas — UPDATE: Late Thursday night, Austin City Council approved three programs--childcare relief, music venue preservation, and a business relief grant--for businesses affected by COVID-19.


The Austin City council today will consider a $15 million plan to keep the Austin music scene alive. Click for more...

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Gary Keller donates $50,000 to HAAM to cover musicians’ premiums

Local businessman and philanthropist, Gary Keller, a longtime supporter of Austin’s music community has donated $50,000 to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, a nonprofit that provides low cost health insurance to local artists. Click for more...

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Gary Keller’s All ATX Steps Up Its Game As An Advocate For Local Music

Making ends meet in 21st-century Austin is a challenge that extends well beyond musicians. But because we’re known as the Live Music Capital of the World...More


New nonprofit aims to help Austin musicians make a living

The group Austin Texas Musicians wants to hear from the music community about their needs.

A new organization wants to help Austin musicians make a living. The nonprofit Austin Texas Musicians wants to hear from musicians on how to do that. Nakia Reynoso is the founder of the organization. He said its purpose is...Read full article here.


Historic Approval of City Tax Fund for Local Music

With $3 million in HOT monies, music advocates gear up for vote on Prop B...Read the full article here.


Faster Than Sound: Music Advocates Say Convention Center Expansion Key to Unlocking City Funds

Long before the concept of expanding the convention center became the hotly debated civic issue it is today, music advocate Rebecca Reynolds had her eye on a specific bucket of city funding – she just wasn't sure how to get it yet.

The target: hotel occupancy tax (HOT) funds. Read the full article here.


Texas Honky Tonks Turn to State Legislature for Help

The Texas dance halls and honky tonks that launched legends like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Lyle Lovett are turning to the state government to help them keep the pipeline of music stars flowing from the Lone Star State. More.


Mitch Ballard Named Senior Director, Creative of BMI’s New Austin, Texas Office

BMI is pleased to announce that Mitch Ballard has been named Senior Director, Creative, Austin, effective immediately. In this role, Ballard will be responsible for providing service to our existing BMI affiliates in Texas, More.


I Want My All ATX: Austin Artists Revisit the 80s

Beginning with its eponymous first volume in 2013, the All ATX endeavor today maintains the local measure for showcasing Austin artists old and new in the best possible light. More.


Texas Governor Greg Abbott and BMI Announce Opening of New Office In Austin

Governor Greg Abbott and BMI today announced that BMI is expanding its presence in the Lone Star State and will open its first creative office in Austin, Texas. More.


New nonprofit, Music Moves Austin Launches with Voter Engagement Efforts

A new music nonprofit, Music Moves Austin launched on Monday with a mission to “engage the broader Austin music community and advocate for the preservation and empowerment of Austin’s musicians, music businesses, culture, and communities.” More.


All ATX Vol. 5: Back to the Armadillo

KGSR's earliest Broadcasts thrilled with live, local, one-time-only covers, mash-ups, and acoustic whisperings peppered through by (inter)national all-stars legitimizing Austin's...More.


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