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The Texas Music Office invites Houston's music business professionals (artists, promoters, managers, agents, & every profession in-between) to come out for some networking and hang-time. Learn about the TMO's programs, including their license plate grant program and their new Music Friendly Community program. Learn how to take advantage of the TMO's tax exemption for producers of audio master recordings.
For the fourth year in a row, the Texas Music Office helped provide stages for Texas musicians at the annual Folk Alliance International Conference, held this year in New Orleans. The TMO partnered with our friends at the Kessler Presents to host the official Lone Star Showcase. Riana Rose, Andrew Pressman and Rory Cloud joined Matt the Electrician to kick off the evening followed by an emotional set by Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin. SaulPaul turned a folk concert into a dance party with his set and Lindsay Beaver brought some Texas rockabilly to the New Orleans stage. Los Texmaniacs were joined by Peter Rowan to close out the show to a full house of promoters, booking agents, managers, publicists, journalists and DJs.
Texas based/born/or raised acts dominated among the winning acts at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards last night in Los Angeles, CA. View the complete list of Texas winners among the 84 different categories, including Texas artists Gary Clark Jr., Tanya Tucker, Lizzo, Willie Nelson, and many more! 13 Texas acts won 17 GRAMMY awards.
The Texas Governor’s Commission for Women is now accepting nominations for the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. Nominations are open to any native or current residents of Texas, living or deceased, who have made significant contributions that have benefited the state of Texas. Nominees can be musicians representing cultural arts; Texas vocalist and entertainer Vikki Carr was inducted into the 2018 Women's Hall of Fame.
For the last 4 years, we've reached out to the more than 130 Texas record stores in our Texas Music Industry Directory to learn who some of their top selling Texas artist were in the past year. Check out the responses to see what your fellow Texans are purchasing, and what Texas artists are selling in big numbers: these are 2019's Top Selling Texas LPs in Texas Record Stores.
Texas Music Office Director Brendon Anthony (pictured far left along with BMI executives and Governor Greg Abbott) recaps the office's accomplishments from 2019, including this special press conference in March where Governor Abbott announced that Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) would make their first office expansion in 20 years by opening a new office in Texas. Please join us in recapping the highlights of our economic development work in 2019, as we continue our long term work increasing opportunities for the Texas music community.
Meet Our Newest Team Member: Community Relations & Outreach Specialist, Chip Adams. As the TMO continues to expand our Music Friendly Community program, we've brought on a new team member to help us managing the growing program, including reaching our goal of 20 in 2020: 20 total or more certified Music Friendly Communities by the end of 2020.
Freddie Records Founder Freddie Martinez Sr. To Discuss His Career and the History of Freddie Records on Nov. 7
On Thursday, November 7, 2019, Freddie Martinez Sr. - founder of Freddie Records and 6 time GRAMMY Award winner - will discuss his career as an artist, the history of Freddie Records and Tejano music at Bell Library in Corpus Christi, TX in honor of his record label's 50th anniversary celebration.