Matt Ott

Vice Chairman & Co-Founder | Executive Director, Black Fret Austin

Matt Ott, Co-founder, Black Fret

Matt Ott has co-founded two nonprofits to help Austin’s local music community: the Austin Music Foundation and Black Fret. Combined they have provided millions in positive economic impact to Austin’s music scene and creative culture. With over 25 years of technology and marketing experience for Fortune 500 companies, startup businesses and non-profit organizations, Matt’s approach to his work is grounded in innovation, respect and clarity of mission.

An Austinite since 1978, Matt and his family returned to Austin in 2005 after ten years in Silicon Valley, citing severe withdrawal symptoms related to a lack of real BBQ, friendly people and the most incredible music scene in the world.