Beaumont, TX's Barbara Lynn has been defying the odds in her 50-plus years in the music industry. She took time out of her busy schedule in advance of her travels to Washington D.C. to accept the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award next week to speak with the TMO about the long musical road that has brought her from being a teenage hitmaker to now being recognized as a national treasure.
State Representative Todd Hunter, the Texas Music Office and the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau - along with Otrafest and Bar Under the Sun - are pleased to announce the 2018 Power On Music conference on September 20th. The conference will feature panel discussions from national and Texas music industry leaders and is aimed at promoting the importance of this industry on our Texas economy.
Don’t mess with Texas® is hosting a Song Search Contest to find the next undiscovered musical talent in Texas to feature in the iconic litter-prevention campaign. The Song Search Contest will continue the tradition of music being a part of “Don’t mess with Texas” since the campaign’s inception 32 years ago.
The Texas Commission on the Arts is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 and 2020 Texas State Musician. Any Texas citizen is able to nominate a living artist, and self-nominations are welcome. You may submit more nominations for different artists. Previous State Musicians include Marcia Ball (2018's Texas State Musician), George Strait, Joe Ely, Jimmie Vaughan, Flaco Jimenez, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, and many more dating back to the 2003 inception year. Nominations will be accepted online through October 15, 2018.
For over 40 years the staff of Tyler, TX's Rosewood Studios has arranged, produced and recorded projects for a wide variety of artists. Rosewood owner/music producer Greg Hunt recently sat down with the TMO tracing his extensive career. This is the second and final part of the the interview.
Explore various grant opportunities for Texas musicians, artists, and 501(c)3 non-profit groups, including opportunities from the Houston Arts Alliance, East Texas Communities Foundation, Texas Stars Foundation, the Levitt Foundation, and many more.
View our round-up of recent June-July 2018 Texas music-related job opportunities. The Texas Music Office posts these hiring opportunities on our social media accounts under the hashtag #TXMusicJobs. Read on to view the most recent job postings from around the state. And you can always search our #TXMusicJobs hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
Community Outreach: Texas Music Office Director Brendon Anthony held meetings with city leaders and music industry stakeholders in Lindale, TX as a part of the initial stages of the Music Friendly Community certification. Anthony attended music industry town halls in both Fort Worth and San Antonio, wherein both cities outlined economic development goals, took input from music industry stakeholders, and discussed their individual citywide music industry economic impact surveys.