Tip jar goes digital in Austin with pilot program

3 years 2 months 1 week ago Saturday, July 27 2019 Jul 27, 2019 July 27, 2019 12:14 PM July 27, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Call it the Music Tip Jar 2.0.

The city of Austin is launching a pilot program that will let fans digitally tip their favorite musicians.

The Austin American-Statesman reports the city is providing 10 artists with a DipJar, a device that allows fans to tip musicians using a credit or debit card.

The chosen artists will test the technology for six months.

City officials say they hope the program will financially help local musicians as well as Austin itself, which draws visitors due in part to its internationally known music scene.

Mat Oldiges, leader of the Human Circuit, one of the groups selected, says while tips are fewer than before, he believes fans still want to help artists but may "just need that little extra motivation and access."

Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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