Governor Abbott Announces Virtual Music Friendly Community Certification Ceremony For The City Of McKinney
Governor Abbott today announced the Texas Music Office (TMO) will host its first virtual Music Friendly Community certification ceremony for the City of McKinney, in partnership with Visit McKinney, on Tuesday, May 19. The ceremony will be livestreamed from McKinney's City Council meeting. McKinney Mayor George Fuller will be in attendance, as well as TMO Director Brendon Anthony and TMO Community Relations and Outreach Specialist Chip Adams via livestream to represent the TMO and speak about the Music Friendly Community program during the ceremony.
Texas Music Office-certified Music Friendly Communities have stepped-up to help out creatives in their cities during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn about programs in San Antonio and Fort Worth.
As almost all events are canceling and rescheduling for the foreseeable future, musicians are moving to social media and digital platforms to livestream concerts from their homes, empty venues, or wherever they can. Many Texan artists have hopped on this effort since the cancellation of SXSW, but there are plenty of upcoming series and concerts from all across the state that you can tune into as you’re social distancing. Texas Monthly, Austin 360, and others have compiled a list of Texas artists that are streaming weekly shows and DJ sessions, across all genres.
President Donald Trump signed H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law this week. It is the third and most extensive, measure enacted to provide relief and aid related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes economic and health coverage protection provisions for individuals, employers, and key sectors of the music industry. We've prepared a summary of some of the key benefits for music industry professionals.
Learn about the plethora of livestream concerts happeningn today from Texas-based artists. As almost all events are canceling and rescheduling for the foreseeable future, musicians are moving to social media and digital platforms to livestream concerts from their homes, empty venues, or wherever they can.
Resources & Info for Texas Music Businesses Affected by COVID-19: SBA Disaster Loan Info, Small Business FAQs, Emergency Assistance Grants, Unemployment Assistance
The TMO has complied resources & information for Texas music businesses professionals affected by COVID-19, including: SBA Disaster Loan Info, Small Business FAQs, Emergency Assistance Grants, and Unemployment Assistance.
The Texas Music Office is compiling assistance information and resources for music industry professionals whose creative industries and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID-19, resulting in loss of work due to venue closures, festival and event cancellations and travel restrictions. The TMO will continue to update this page as more information and resources become available. Likewise, some of the grants run out of funds, and then are later replished via new donations. So make sure to check back if a grant you're interested in is temporarily suspended because it ran out of funding.
The Texas Music Office and the Office of the Governor’s Economic Development & Tourism Division are both closely monitoring attempts to mitigate COVID-19, and how those mitigation attempts are affecting the music industry.