Texas Sounds & Cities Conference Returns in Virtual Format
On Monday, November 16, at 11:00 CST, the Texas Music Office and Hear Fort Worth will co-host a FREE, virtual, one-day conference to bring together music friendly communities in Texas to discuss the future of the Texas music industry.
The Texas Music Office’s Music Friendly Communities program launched in 2017 and includes more than 15 music friendly cities including Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Nacogdoches, San Angelo, Waco, Stephenville, and more.
The goal of the virtual conference is to create an environment for music friendly communities to collaborate and discuss recovery strategies for musicians, venues and the music industry in Texas. Speakers will include Brendon Anthony, Director of the Texas Music Office; Adriana Cruz, Executive Director of the Office of the Governor's Economic Development & Tourism Division; and many more. Roundtable discussions among cities will also be part of the programming.
In 2019, Hear Fort Worth co-hosted the conference with the Texas Music Office at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center with over 100 Texas communities, musicians and music industry professionals in attendance.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Texas Music Office again for this important gathering,” said Tom Martens, creative director for Visit Fort Worth and lead for Hear Fort Worth. “Now more than ever our communities need to come together to support musicians, venues and all those involved to make sure music comes back stronger than ever.”
Fort Worth was designated the state’s first music-friendly city in 2017 by the Texas Music Office, Office of the Governor’s “Music-Friendly Communities” certification program. Since then, Hear Fort Worth has launched a series of programs to support local musicians including travel grants, SXSW submission fee reimbursements and a studio recording program with Niles City Sound.
The Texas Music Office’s Music-Friendly Community program provides the state’s communities with a network for fostering music industry development and sends a clear message to industry professionals that certified communities are serious about attracting and developing music industry growth.
For more information visit: https://gov.texas.gov/music/page/music-friendly-communities.