Noticias – Newsletter
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.
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.
Read our November 2017 Newsletter to learn about: TMO's recent trip to promote the new "Music Friendly Communities" program at the annual Music Cities Convention, various Texas music-related businesses that are currently hiring, SBA property damage loans for Texas businesses affected by Hurricane Harvey, TMO community outreach at UT Austin and Schreiner University in Kerrville, the Texas Commission on the Arts/Texas Cultural Trust's Young Master Program, annual music events happening around the state, and more.
Read the October 2017 Newsletter to learn about: the TMO's continued work on Hurricane Harvey benefit concerts, an exclusive interview with UT Austin Frank Erwin Center Director John Graham who has retired after a 28 year run managing the sports & entertainment arena, how the TMO's Texas Music charitable license plate has doubled sales after a redesign & new marketing push, Fort Worth receiving the TMO's official "Music Friendly Community" designation, how you can help the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas, additional TMO community outreach, upcoming music festivals and events throughout the state, and much more.
Read the August 2017 TMO Newsletter to learn about the debut of the "Music Friendly Communities" economic development program, the TMO joining the Recording Academy in honoring audio engineering legend Rupert Neve on his 91st birthday, Texas Music History Trails, annual events featuring music, a new songwriting competition for Texas-based songwriters, and much more.
The TMO's June 2017 Newsletter, featuring an interview w/"the Steve Jobs of guitar makers," Bill Collings of Collings Guitars and Mandolins, TMO Outreach, a new TMO website, and much more!