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.
In our exclusive career retrospective interview, Frank Erwin Center Director John Graham talks about his early days as a movie theater owner that gave him the skill set to manage larger venues, memorable moments like walking the arena with Bruce Springsteen as they inspected which seats a fan would truly enjoy, and his advice for anyone that would like to work in the high risk, high reward job of entertainment venue management.
The Texas country music community is one big family, and consequently many members of the Texas country music family were affected by the senseless violence in Las Vegas on the evening of October 1st. The City of Las Vegas has provided resources to check on loved ones affected by the tragedy, as well as ways that you can help.
With our fiscal year closing at the end of August, the TMO is proud to announce that our Texas Music specialty license plate sales are at an all-time high after the office revamped the plate's design and increased its marketing efforts. Based on sales reports from Texas Department of Transportation, revenue has doubled since the redesign of the plate.
TMO Director Brendon Anthony traveled to Fort Worth to announce the Fort Worth music community as an officially recognized “music friendly community” as designated by the Texas Music Office’s new program. Look for additional Texas cities to receive the designation within the upcoming months. And learn more about additional TMO community outreach throughout the month of September 2017.
As Hurricane Harvey benefit concerts for all those affected by the storms massive devastation along the Texas Gulf Coast continue, the Texas Music Office continues to work behind the scenes on events both big and small to help direct fundraising to RebuildTX.org, and other certified nonprofits and charitable organizations. More than $12 million was raised at benefit concerts in September, and many more continue throughout October.
We heard from hundreds upon hundreds of acts that have volunteered to perform at various Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concerts around the state. We are now circulating that spreadsheet of acts to Texas venues and event promoters. Likewise, we heard from multiple event promoters, bands, and folks from towns big and small that wanted to help their fellow Texans by putting together a benefit concert.
Resources For Texas Music Artists (& Music Business Professionals) Affected By Hurricane Harvey: 4 non-profits (The Recording Academy's MusiCares, Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and SoundExchange) all announce initiatives to get relief funds - & digital royalties - to evacuees and and hurricane victims.