Dripping Springs To Become A TMO-Certified Music Friendly Community On April 29th
On Thursday, April 29th at 5:30 pm, the Texas Music Office (TMO) + the Dripping Springs Visitors Bureau will celebrate Dripping Springs becoming a TMO-certified Music Friendly Community (MFC). TMO Community Relations & Outreach Specialist Chip Adams will represent the TMO, awarding Dripping Springs MFC liaison Pam Owens the "Music Friendly" honor at Hudson’s On Mercer St, a restaurant that regularly hosts local music.
Dripping Springs completed the first step in becoming certified by hosting a Texas Music Office sponsored Music Friendly Community workshop on October 21, 2020. Fourteen musicians, venue owners, and music industry professionals (including world renowned Dripping Springs-based indie rocker Ben Kweller) attended the virtual meeting to learn about the designation and what it would mean for the music community in Dripping Springs.
“The Dripping Springs area is well known for fostering musical talent as shown by a multitude of venues promoting live music, several recording studios and our highly successful annual Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival (pictured here). The Texas Music Office will give us a way to reach, assist and advocate for the great talent we have locally,” remarked Owens, President/CEO of the Dripping Springs Visitors Bureau.
"In 2019, with support from the Texas Music Office, the Texas music industry created more than 210,000 direct and indirect permanent jobs in communities all across the Lone Star State and generated $27.3 billion in economic activity,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “As our economy rebounds, Texas is committed to working alongside our communities to ensure they have the tools needed to succeed. Music Friendly Communities certified by the Texas Music Office are serious about attracting and developing local music industry growth, and I am proud of all that the Texas Music Office has accomplished in helping communities like Dripping Springs grow their local economy."
Dripping Springs joins more than 20 other Texas cities that have received the official Music Friendly Community designation. These cities include Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Denton, Lindale, Stephenville, Conroe, San Angelo, Nacogdoches, Abilene, McKinney, Waxahachie, Waco, Alpine, Bastrop, New Braunfels, Victoria, Lubbock, Denison and Arlington. Cities that are currently working through the certification process include: Houston, Dallas, Round Rock, and El Paso.
About the Texas Music Friendly Community program: https://gov.texas.gov/music/page/music-friendly-communities.