What We Do

ALL ATX Leadership recruits influential and respected music, film, tech, arts, business, and government leaders for an education and community building program. Each year, the extraordinary collective of leaders dive deep into an examination of music and creative sector businesses. The class develops strategies on how industries can work with each other to build a stronger and more connected creative business sector in Austin. An eclectic group of experts, innovators, artists, business people, historians, and educators participate as panelists and speakers throughout the program year.

Class members come from diverse backgrounds within the creative and business segments of the entertainment industry, as well as partners from non-profit, business, education and legislative communities. Each member is an established leader in their profession. Class members commit to an eight-month program, which begins in the fall. The intense program gives the leaders the time and space to get to know each other more intuitively and to understand the nuances of each business segment.

The year kicks off with an orientation and alumni reunion in September. ALL ATX hosts one day programs in October, November, December, January, February, and April. We conclude the year with a Core Committee wrap-up day and celebratory dinner in May. The class visits venues and sites around the community as they focus on different components of the entertainment industry.

Participants engage with numerous experts and leaders, hear music from diverse artists, interact with filmmakers, tour city venues and landmarks, work with each other on exercises, and collaborate on initiatives.

At the end of the program year after graduation, the entire graduating class will be assigned to serve on a program day committee for the incoming class of ALL ATX Leadership. The role is an important part of the program. Alumni serve on committees to create the program for the new class, along with the ALL ATX Leadership staff. Committees will meet with the ALL ATX Leadership staff for a series of meetings throughout the year, beginning in July.

Graduates will also join ALL ATX Leadership alumni on one of our four Core Committees dedicated to music business development, affordability solutions, foundational support for artists, and political navigation.

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photo credit: Amy Price

  • Members of the Class of 2018 during closing retreat

    Members of the Class of 2018 during closing retreat

    Photo by Sandie Ward

  • Members of the Class of 2018 during closing retreat

    Members of the Class of 2018 during closing retreat

    Photo by Sandie Ward

  • Melat and her band - one of the many performers during the Class of 2018 program year

    Melat and her band - one of the many performers during the Class of 2018 program year

    Photo by Sandie Ward

  • Tamara Saviano is the director and facilitator of ALL ATX Leadership

    Tamara Saviano is the director and facilitator of ALL ATX Leadership

    Photo by Mary Keating Bruton

  • The inaugural class of 2018 meets for the first time

    The inaugural class of 2018 meets for the first time

    Photo by Deborah Barnes

  • Classmates get to know each other

    Classmates get to know each other

    Danny Gillespie, Rebecca Reynolds, Brad Spies, Tom Gimbel

  • Bukka Allen and Dan Wheelus introduce each other at opening retreat

    Bukka Allen and Dan Wheelus introduce each other at opening retreat

  • Mayor Adler gives an update on the omnibus resolution at Antone's

    Mayor Adler gives an update on the omnibus resolution at Antone's

    Photo by Tamara Saviano

  • Why we are all here

    Why we are all here

Who We Are

ALL ATX Leadership’s mission is to build a stronger and more connected music and creative sector business structure in Austin and Texas, which will help artists, businesses and organizations thrive, and to develop ALL ATX Leadership into the most prestigious and successful Leadership program in Texas.

The program explores how music and creative businesses operate; facilitates collaboration, fellowship and discussion among industry leaders; exposes participants to different points of view and philosophies; and assists established leaders in their roles as decision makers.

Music industry veteran Tamara Saviano is the director and facilitator of ALL ATX Leadership. For the last three decades, Saviano has worked tirelessly as an advocate of American music and its artists.

As the creative force behind Tamara Saviano Media, she is a three-time GRAMMY nominee and took home the statue for producing 2004’s GRAMMY-winning Best Traditional Folk Album, Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster. She produced The Pilgrim: A Celebration of Kris Kristofferson in 2006 with Randy Scruggs. In 2012, Saviano’s GRAMMY-nominated This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark won the Americana Music Association’s Album of the Year Award. Saviano also produced 2014’s Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne with beloved Austin artist Jimmy LaFave and in 2016 worked with noted Memphis artist Luther Dickinson to produce Red Hot: A Memphis Celebration of Sun Records as a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Without Getting Killed or Caught, Saviano’s biography on legendary songwriter Guy Clark, was released by Texas A&M University Press in 2016 and won the Belmont Award from the International Country Music Conference for the best writing on country music that year.

Saviano produced iconic songwriter Kris Kristofferson’s double-CD set The Cedar Creek Sessions and the album was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Americana album in 2017. Saviano also manages the day-to-day operations for Kristofferson’s record label, KK Records, and works as a music business consultant and project manager in the Folk and Americana genres. Saviano co-created (with artist Rod Picott) From Art to Commerce: A Workshop for Independent Musicians, a comprehensive one-day program that demystifies the perplexing elements of the music business and teaches entrepreneurial skills to independent artists.

The Texas Heritage Songwriter Association honored Saviano in 2017 with the Darrell K. Royal Texas Legend Award for her work with Texas Songwriters.

Saviano lives in Austin, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee with her husband Paul Whitfield.