Noticias – Newsletter
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.
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.
Friday morning, October 30, 2020, city and state officials, New Braunfels' Chamber of Commerce staff and board members, local media, and representatives of Gruene Historic District met for a special presentation in Gruene Hall, Texas' Oldest Dance Hall. New Braunfels, TX was officially certified as a “Music Friendly Community” in Texas by the Office of Governor Greg Abbott's Texas Music Office.
Virtual Music Friendly Community Workshop Coming To Dripping Springs, Houston, and Arlington in October
On Wednesday, October 21, the TMO will co-host a virtual Music Friendly Community (MFC) Workshop with the City of Dripping Springs. On Monday, October 26, the TMO and the City of Houston will co-host a virtual MFC Workshop. And on Tuesday, October 27, the TMO will co-host a virtual MFC Workshop with the City of Arlington. TMO Community Relations and Outreach Specialist Chip Adams will host the workshops via livestream to represent the TMO, answer questions, and speak about how the Music Friendly Community program provides economic development opportunities for Texas communities.
Nominations for Texas State Musician - and Poet Laureate, and Visual Artist (2D and 3D) - are open through October 15. Any Texas citizen can nominate a living Texas artist for the Texas Legislature's highest honor for artists. Artists will be selected for both 2021 and 2022, so nominate more than one artist to join folks like Willie Nelson, Ray Benson, Little Joe Hernandez, Shelley King, Emily Gimble, and more as honorees.
Texas Music Mixtape: interview with ATX Music Office Manager Erica Shamaly About the City of Austin’s New Disaster Relief Grant Programs For Artists
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 the TMO released the debut episode of the Texas Music Mixtape, a program featuring Texas music news, interviews, and music. Featured here are the first 20 minutes of the program, including an interview with the City of Austin's Music & Entertainment Division Manager Erica Shamaly. Erica talks with Texas Music Office Marketing & Communications Specialist Marc Fort about the City of Austin's new grant programs: the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund providing $1,000 grants to the city's most vulnerable musicians, and the Austin Creative Space Disaster Relief Program providing up to $50,000 grants to organizations and independent artists facing displacement and difficulty paying rent for their commercial creative spaces.
Multiple cities and Texas communities continue the work of providing new opportunities for their music business professionals even during Covid-19 mitigation. We check-in with newly certified McKinney, and cities working through the process (Dallas, Brenham, Waxahachie, New Braunfels, and Waco).
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.