The TMO officially opened January 20, 1990 during the administration of Texas Governor William P. Clements. In 1996, Texas Governor George W. Bush added one staff member to the TMO.
Current TMO Staff:
Brendon Anthony is the director of the Texas Music Office.
Anthony began playing live music with a variety of Texas acts while attending Texas A&M University, which he graduated from in 1999. In 1997, Anthony began playing full time with Pat Green, with whom he toured nationally and internationally for 15 years. During his decade and a half as a touring musician, Anthony toured both the United States and Europe, played on a gold record and was a member of the band when Pat Green received three Grammy Award nominations. In addition to being a successful touring musician, Anthony has also performed on dozens of studio recordings and produced multiple records, including Drew Womack’s “Sunshine To Rain.” In 2010, Anthony helped start OneLive Media, which began as a primary ticketing company for Texas music venues and festivals before expanding into the e-commerce industry and becoming one of the premier online entertainment sales and marketing companies in the country. Anthony is a classically-trained violinist who has played fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and banjo both in live performances and studio recordings.
Anthony was born in Dallas, raised in College Station and has now called Austin home for 16 years.
Marc Fort is the digital media strategist and marketing coordinator of the Texas Music Office.
Annual publications Fort co-edits include the the Texas Music Education Primer, the Getting Started in the Music Business reference guide and the Texas Talent Register. Fort also maintains the TMO website TexasMusicOffice.com.
Fort has more than 30 years of music experience performing and recording on acoustic and electric bass guitar, violin, drums and singing. Fort has performed in more than 10 rock bands including bo bud greene, Hidden Speaker, Paraguay and Schatzi. His bands have toured with and opened for various musical acts all across North America - and around the world - including Superchunk, Dismemberment Plan, Hey Mercedes, at the drive-in, Shiner, Ultimate Fakebook, Ozma, The Promise Ring, Jimmy Eat World, Desaparecidos, Lit, Everclear, Motion City Soundtrack, All-American Rejects and Hilary Duff. Fort has worked as a recording artist for various indie labels including Last Beat, Unclean, Redemption and Doghouse Records, as well as major labels such as Scotti Brothers and Hollywood/Mammoth Records (Disney Music Group).
Additionally, Fort worked as a staff photojournalist for The Denver Post and as a staff photojournalist, staff music critic and as a freelance arts & entertainment critic-at-large for the Austin American-Statesman. His photos and articles have been syndicated by Associated Press, as well as featured in various magazines and blogs including Dan Rather's The Big Interview, BrooklynVegan.com, Houston Press, BoldAsLove.us, NME.com, and more.
A Florida native, Fort graduated from Westwood High School in Austin where he has lived since 1978. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin where he created and DJ'ed the radio programs "The Best in Texas Music" and "Music of the African Diaspora" for KVRX 91.7 FM. While matriculated at UT Austin, Fort was also photo editor of The Daily Texan as well as an award-winning staff music writer for the Texan. Recently, he has volunteered as an appointed member of the Austin Music Commission and with the Austin Film Society, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Fort currently volunteers his time on the advisory boards of the Austin Music Video Festival and the Austin Music Foundation, as well as with the advisory committee of Austin Community College's School of Music Business, Performance & Technology.
STEPHEN L. RAY
Stephen "Steve" Ray is the Program Specialist in the Texas Music Office. He started in August 2001.
Prior to joining the TMO, Steve Ray was employed by Borders Books and Music (May 1992 to August 2001). As an employee of the first Borders store to offer music, Ray had an active voice in setting companywide music policy and helped to train Borders Music Managers from across the United States. As the company expanded their operations in Texas, Ray helped set up Texas Artists' Music sections in Austin, Dallas and Houston area stores.
Ray began his career in the music business in junior high school stocking 8-tracks in his cousin's record store. He spent several years working in a variety of record, and later CD, stores, including Fantasia Records, Sound Warehouse and Sound Future. At Dallas independent label Carpe Diem Records, Ray worked in both CD sales and merchandising for Dallas favorites Course of Empire and Pop Poppins.
A native of Vernon, Texas, Ray graduated from Vernon High School in 1980, and from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Minor in Business Administration. While attending the University he served one term in Student Congress and two terms as the President of the University chapter of Amnesty International.
Ray and his wife, Sahar Arafat-Ray are owners of Fred's Corner Grille, Vernon's oldest restaurant (continually operated since 1961) and co-owners of the town's Plaza Theater, an Art Moderne-style movie theater built in 1953 that exhibits both current and classic films. In his free time, Ray enjoys listening to 45 rpm vinyl records and working on his 1970s-era Seeburg Matator Jukebox. He has taken the Rhino Records' RMAT (Rhino Musical Aptitude Test - a music trivia quiz) each of the six times it was offered, both online and in person, and consistently places fifth.
Former TMO staff:
Kristine Mossinghoff (1990)
Cindy Leggett (1990-1991)
Deb Freeman (1991-1998)
Teresa McAnally (1997-1998)
Trina Quinn (1998-2000)
Amy Mitchell (2000-2001)
Jodi Jenkins (1999-2004)
Andrew Leeper (2005-2006)
Casey J. Monahan (1990-2015)