Dart Music International


      presented by
Dart Music International, Wyatt Brand, and Treaty Oak Distilling Company

The 2nd Annual Austin Icon Awards were held at the historic Austin City Limits Studio 6A on the University of Texas campus (Map) on Friday, September 9, 2011.

The annual Austin Icon Awards were created by Dart Music International to honor local individuals or groups for outstanding achievements in using music and the arts for community enrichment through international and intercultural exchange. This event brings together a "who's who" of the Austin arts and business community to honor some of our brightest stars and unsung heroes.

Austin cultural icons, international and Austin musicians, and complementary refreshments courtesy of Treaty Oak Distilling Company, TacoDeli, Uncle Billy's Brew & Cue, and Austin Daily Press. The VIP Reception (with a special performance by Sahara Smith and goodie bags) started this Austin celebration in true Austin style!


TROY CAMPBELL founded The House of Songs project in 2009, an artist-in-residence program for Danish singer-songwriters that fosters collaboration between Danish and Austin musicians through songwriting sessions and showcases. Campbell was executive producer of the 2009 film "Happiness Is..." and line producer on National Geographic Channel's "Geobeats" the same year. He also produced the sold-out Roky Erickson Ice Cream Social concerts during the South by Southwest Music Festival 2008-2009. Campbell's latest solo album Long in the Sun yielded a song "Lovers" that was featured as a Top 10 track in USA Today. @TheHouseOfSongs
JOHN T. KUNZ is president and owner of Waterloo Music & Video, Inc. Waterloo Records has won the Austin Chronicle Readers' Poll "Best Record/CD Store" for 29 consecutive years, and  NARM's  "Retailer of the Year" award 5 times. Kunz co-founded and serves/served on the Board of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS), Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), and the West End Austin Alliance (WEAA). He is also on the board of Austin Music People (AMP). @WaterlooRecords
RICHARD LINKLATER's films SLACKER and DAZED AND CONFUSED will forever be engrained in Austin's cultural lexicon. Featuring music from Austin bands Poi Dog Pondering, the Butthole Surfers and Daniel Johnston, SLACKER is credited with starting the independent  film movement of the 1990's. Linklater also serves as the Artistic Director for the Austin Film Society, which he founded in 1985 to showcase films from around the world that were not typically shown in Austin. The Austin Film Society has given out over $1,000,000 in grants to Texas filmmakers and in 1999, received the first National Honoree Award from the Directors Guild of America in recognition of its support of the arts. His filmography includes Before Sunrise, School of Rock, A Scanner Darkly, Fast Food Nation, and Bernie (2011). @afs1985

CAROLYN SCHWARZ serves as executive director of Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), which provides access to affordable  healthcare services to the city's low-income, uninsured working musicians. HAAM has served more than 2,200 musicians and raised over $2.5 million. Schwarz was named Austinite of the Year in the 2009 Austin Under 40 Awards. She was named a winner in the 2010 Austin Business Journal's 16th Annual Profiles in Power and Women of Influence Awards. @myhaam

2011 Performers:

SPEAK (Austin), 9:15-10:00
Speak (Playing In Traffic Records) are unabashed in their pursuit of innovative pop. Proud natives of Austin, TX, the band is steeped in its sound and culture, while deriving influences from favorites around the world. Members are Troupe Gammage (vocals/keys), Nick Hurt (guitars/vocals), Joey Delahoussaye (bass/vocals), and Jake Stewart (drums). @hearspeakhere
Viva City (UK), 8:15-9:00
Viva City is an über-cool four-piece mashing d'n'b-flavoured electro beats with alt-indie sounds. Hailing from Newcastle, UK, these glam-punk upstarts craft raucous tunes that demand your attention. With the release of third single 'Behold'-an urgent mix of dirty guitars and drum+base, fused with Viva City's trademark electronic wizardry-this storming track is destined to be a club hit. The band have drawn comparisons with The Faint, Prodigy, Depeche Mode, and Justice. On this side of the pond they have played showcases at CMJ Music Marathon, South by Southwest, Foburg Festival, Dart Music International House, and gigs from coast to coast. @vivacityuk

Jackie Bristow) (New Zealand), 7:15-8:00
Jackie Bristow was born and raised in the South Island of New Zealand before moving to Australia in 1994, where she established herself as a professional musician and recording artist, signing to Mushroom and Liberation music in 1999, Craving Records 2005 and Native Tongue 2007. Jackie was one of three finalists this year for Song and Album of the year at the New Zealand Music Awards. Jackie is living here in Austin for the next couple of years and touring across the country sharing the stage with artists like Tommy Emmanuel, Marc Cohn, John Waite, Bob Schneider, Jimmy Lafave, John Oates, and Bettye Lavette.  @jackiebristow

Sahara Smith (Austin), 6:30-7:00 VIP Reception
Sahara Smith, now 21, is already poised for a breakout with "Myth of the Heart," the just completed album of original songs shepherded by T Bone Burnett and producer Emile Kelman. The album features many of Burnett's first-call session players, including drummer Jay Bellerose, guitarist Marc Ribot, and bassist Dennis Crouch. Praised in the pages of LA Times, the Wall Street Journal, Paste, and Seventeen, and Glamour, perhaps the highest praise comes from Mr. Burnett himself, who said, "Sahara is the best new artist I've heard in years. The world needs more great artists." @saharasmith

Kevin Connor (Austin), Emcee
Kevin has been one of the strongest supporters of the Austin music scene for the past 25 years. He has been one of our most recognizable personalities on radio with KGSR and television with ME Television. Connor is one of the earliest staff members of SXSW, where he has recently returned. His popular show on KUT, "Music with Kevin Connor" runs on Saturdays from 1:00-4:00, highlighting the local and touring artists who are playing in Austin.

Partners & Volunteers
It is widely known that Dart Music International volunteers are among the smartest, most creative, and happiest people around. A great mix of returning helpers and new friends did amazing work to bring the Austin Icon Awards to life. Thank you to Jeremy Burchard, Dara Carillo, Kevin Combs, Catherine Cromer, Sara Mitran, Brett Rivera, Nacho Toro, JJ Weber, Lisa Wood, and Whitney Wulf.

Our generous partners helped us to keep Austin's music scene international! Their support helps international acts to Austin, spreads the Gospel According to Austin throughout the global music world and ensures the culture of creativity we cherish in our hometown. Please make a point to patronize these wonderful establishments as often as you can.

Austin Celebrates Icons
Texas Music Journal, USA
By Kevin Benz

Dart Music International's Icon Awards at KLRU Studios
Out & About, Austin 360, USA
By Michael Barnes

Austin Icon Awards, 9.10.11
A-List, Austin 360, USA
By John Pesina

The Austin Icon Awards honor those who make Austin's music special
Culture Map Austin, USA
By Kevin Benz

Icon awards to honor the best of Austin's music scene
Austin Business Journal, USA
By Sandra Zaragoza

Austin "movers and shakers" to be recognized

Keeping Up With The Do512 All-Stars: part XX
Do512.com, USA

Dart Music International Presents the Austin Icon Awards Tomorrow
Indie Sounds from Harris Radio, USA
By Pete Harris

Events: Austin Icon Awards
The Austin Chronicle, USA

From The Mind Of Adi: What Next?
Transmission Entertainment, USA
By Adi Anand

NMT: Sahara Smith
Feeling Anxious PR, USA
By Christina Butan

2nd Annual Austin Icon Award radio spot (featured on Austin360 Radio)
Soundcloud, USA

Second Annual Austin Icon Awards
Launch 787, USA
By Lucy Kinney

2nd Annual Austin Icon Awards presented by Dart Music International
OMG Records, USA

John Kunz, Owner of Waterloo Music & Video, and longtime AIBA member, is a 2011 Icon Award Recipient!
Austin Independent Business Alliance, USA

SPEAK and Sahara Smith to perform at Austin Icon Awards
Playing In Traffic, USA

Austin Icon Awards Honor Big Names and the People Behind Big Names
Culture Map Austin, USA
By Dan Solomon

2011 Austin Icon Winners
The Austin Grid, USA

Austin Icon Awards on Facebook

Last Year's Austin Icon Awards

2010 Austin Icons:

2010 Performers:
The Black And White Years   |   Stanley Samuelson   |   Patricia Vonne   |   Kevin Connor

"And the nonprofit group has evolved into a community force. One could tell from the industry professionals on hand for the Dart's first Icon Awards on Tuesday... It never ceases to amaze me how music types can network while an amplified band is playing."
- Michael Barnes, Austin American Statesman