TMO Director Brendon Anthony recently traveled to Memphis, TN to take part in the Music Cities Conference, where he promoted the TMO’s new “Music Friendly Communities” program, as well as studied best practices to help strengthen music communities all around the state. Sound Diplomacy’s Music Cities Conference provided leaders in the field an opportunity to meet and discuss best practices for supporting their local music industries.
Community Outreach: Texas Music Office Director Brendon Anthony gave presentations about the Texas Music Office's economic development goals - including the office's new "Music Friendly Communities" program - during two different presentations to groups in Texas: on Tues, Oct 10, to nearly 200 adults at UT Austin's LAMP (Learning Activities for Mature People) which is a continuing education program within OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), as well as to students in Kerrville as a part of Project Jumpstart at Schreiner University.
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.