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On Thursday, January 21, the Texas Music Office + the Office of the Governor's Small Business Assistance Team co-hosted a webinar about the SBA's new SHUTTERED VENUE OPERATORS GRANT. Watch an archive video of the entire webinar, including the Q&A session wherein attendee's questions about the grant were answered. The slide deck from the webinar presentation is also included here.
TMO Director Brendon Anthony delivers his annual "Year In Review" letter, detailing Texas Music Office accomplishments and highlights from 2020. Anthony goes through the office's work during the last year, reviewing how the TMO had to pivot in the ways the office communicated with constituents, while continuing its role as an economic development office for the Texas music industry. The TMO quickly adapted to create new communication channels to assist the state's music industry professionals, helping them persevere through the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Texas Music Office's community-focused economic development program - MUSIC FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES - grew from 10 certified cities to 20 in 2020, proving a growing need for music industry resources and enhanced communication during the Covid-19 pandemic. The "20 in 2020" goal to certify 20 Texas communities by the end of 2020 that was set at the start of the year - before Covid-19 - was still able to be achieved thanks to the hard work of TMO Community Relations & Outreach Specialist Chip Adams, the various Texas cities and MFC liaisons, and the entire TMO team. The "20 in 2020" work is illustrated in the infographic herein.
Watch the Archive Editions of the Mechanical Licensing Collective + TMO Co-Sponsored Webinars: THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL AUDIO MECHANICAL ROYALTIES FROM DSPs IN THE USA
On Tuesday, December 8th - and on December 16th - the TMO welcomed the newly created Mechanical Licensing Collective (the MLC) to Texas as we joined the MLC in co-hosting two FREE webinars for Texas music creators, producers, and self-administered songwriters entitled “THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL AUDIO MECHANICAL ROYALTIES FROM DSPs IN THE UNITED STATES." The webinars provided crucial information for songwriters who administer their own publishing to help ensure they receive this important revenue stream from digital service providers.
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Arlington, having completed the multi-step certification process, has been designated as a Music Friendly Community by the Texas Music Office (TMO). The Music Friendly Community program seeks to foster music business economic development in Texas cities and communities. TMO Community Relations & Outreach Specialist Chip Adams will present the Music Friendly Community designation to Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams on Friday, December 18, 2020, at 12:30 PM during a virtual certification ceremony in partnership with Levitt Pavilion Arlington, the City of Arlington, and the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau.
On Tuesday, December 8th at 11:00 am CT - and on December 16th at 1:00 pm CT - the TMO welcomes the newly created Mechanical Licensing Collective (the MLC) as the host two FREE webinars for Texas music creators and producers entitled “THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL AUDIO MECHANICAL ROYALTIES FROM DSPs IN THE UNITED STATES." The webinars will provide information for artists and music producers to help ensure they are receiving this important revenue stream from digital service providers.
Don’t mess with Texas is launching a contest as big as the Lone Star State to find its new anti- litter theme song. The Don’t mess with Texas “Lone Star Song Search” invites Texans to compose an original song to compete for prizes provided by iHeart Media, Guitar Center and the School of Rock. Two winners will be selected in two different categories with each winning valuable prizes.
23 Texas born-or-based acts received a total of 37 Grammy nominations in advance of the 63rd GRAMMY Awards, which will be broadcast live on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, on CBS at 7:00 pm CT. Beyoncé leads the entire field of nominees with nine nominations for her music across various media formats. With her nine nominations, Beyoncé makes another career milestone, adding to her 79 total nominations throughout her entirer music career, making her the most-nominated woman in Grammy history.