Brent Grulke (1962 – 2012)

SXSW Director Brent Grulke suddenly passed away from a heart attack on Monday, August 13. His family and friends are stunned and grief stricken by this loss.

Brent was a graduate of the University of Texas. He was the Records Review Editor for the Austin Chronicle, prior to a career in the music business where he was a record producer, sound engineer, tour manager and record company executive. Brent was involved with the SXSW conference since its beginning in 1987. In 1994 Brent became the Creative Director of SXSW Music and was responsible for booking the music festival. Under Brent’s leadership, SXSW Music became one of the most respected and well-known events in the world.

He is survived by his wife, Kristen, and son Graham, as well as brothers Brad and Brian.

The family has established the Graham Grulke Education Fund.

Contributions can be directed by mail to:
EMG, Inc.
6101 West Courtyard Drive
Suite 2-120
Austin, Texas 78730
Attn: Brad Grulke

Please make your donation payable to the Graham Grulke Education Fund.

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