Every aspect of this research has involved UT students. The plan was made by UT Professor of Communication Studies Madeline Maxwell, and writer/director Gavin Garcia joined in to share his knowledge of the music business and to guide the students in their contacts with the musicians and industry figures who were so generous with their time. The project started with a class, The Ethnography of the Austin Music Scene, in the spring of 2004. Students in the class learned some basics of ethnographic research—fieldwork, interviewing, observation, note-taking, using archival materials and photographs, and analysis. We invited someone from the live music scene to campus every week for a group interview, and the students got involved in fieldwork in the Austin scene. Since then, many other great UT students have lent their skills and time to the project.
Cammeo Messana – Graduated from the University of Texas in 2004 as a College of Communication Scholar. She is currently a successful Houston businesswoman.
Jake Morse – Owner of Jake Morse Productions. He is also president of the Coalition for Peaceful Cultures at the University of Texas, where as a student-athlete he competes for the Longhorn track squad in cross-country and steeplechase.
Felice Schimmel – A public relations major and president of the Global Leadership Organization at the University of Texas. She also heads the Chabad Jewish Student Organization and Chabad 1000, and is social director for Phi Beta Chi. In the summer of 2005, she worked for the Rogers and Cowen Entertainment P.R. firm in Hollywood.
Emily Van Eck
James Boisvenue III
Ethnography of Austin Live Music Class Researchers
Jennifer Ann Gillespie
Emily Van Eck
Thanks to Della Sisto