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.
Texas Music Office Director Brendon Anthony joined the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy to honor audio engineering pioneer (and Wimberley resident) Rupert Neve, celebrating his 91st birthday, and his incredibly influential contributions to the recording industry.
The Texas Music Office participated in the 9th annual Texas Plains Trail Region Tourism and Preservation Roundup, where TMO Programs Manager Steve Ray delivered the lunchtime keynote “A Music Trail For Texas” highlighting the Texas Music History Trail recently created by the Texas Legislature, and signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott.
On Thursday, July 20, TMO Director Brendon Anthony presented the first “Music Friendly Communities” workshop in Fort Worth, with the assistance of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitor's Bureau. More than 50 music business professionals from the Fort Worth community turned out to learn about the new Texas Music Office program that seeks to foster music business economic development in Texas cities and communities, as well as to develop the interconnection of these communities.
The Alabama-born America artist and songwriter Jason Isbell was presented with an "honorary Texan" proclamation by TMO Director Brendon Anthony in a surprise presentation during the final night of Isbell's sold-out 3 night stand at ACL Live in Austin, TX.
Read the July 2017 TMO Newsletter for part 2 of an exclusive interview with "the Steve Jobs of guitar makers" Bill Collings of Collings Guitars, Gov. Abbott's signing of a new bill that protects Texas songwriters, opportunities for musicians to mentor kids in foster care via Kids In A New Groove, TMO community outreach in San Antonio, Austin, and Fort Worth, Young Masters Program applications, and much more!
Texas Music Office Community Outreach in June 2017 included TMO Director Brendon Anthony working with San Antonio civic leaders to create an entertainment district along St. Mary's Street in San Antonio, as well as TMO representatives at the ribbon cutting for 501(c)3 nonprofit Notes for Notes recording studio in Austin, and the Hip Hop/Urban Music Summit in East Austin.
Within a few minutes of meeting the passionate polymath Bill Collings, owner and founder of Collings Guitars, you quickly come to understand why the best of the best guitar luthiers around the world know him as "the Steve Jobs of guitar makers." (Though a comparison to Antonio Stradivari might be more appropriate.)