The Texas Music Office will host a Music Friendly Community Workshop, in partnership with Visit Bay Area Houston, on Tuesday, October 1, in League City. The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning about the new Texas Music Office program that seeks to foster music business economic development in Texas cities and communities.
Texas music showcases, afternoon industry mixers, panel discussions featuring TMO staff, the Texas Music Office has partnered with several groups to present Texas music at the Americana Music Conference and Festival in Nashville September 11-14.
Throughout the month of August, the Texas Music Office participated in conferences, workshops, and held workshops of its own, across the state and in neighboring Louisiana. The following are some highlights from the TMO's August 2019 community outreach work.
A tireless advocate for Texas artists, Theresa Jenkins’ leadership as the Senior Executive Director of the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy ushered in countless opportunities for musicians around the state during her tenure with the chapter over the last 15 years. She also inspired students and aspiring artists with her Grammy In The Schools community outreach work in Texas high schools all around the state, as well as with the Grammy U chapters that continue to launch at Texas universities and colleges...providing students with a runway and access to careers in music.
The State Bar of Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Section (TESLAW) announced that nominations for the Cindi Lazzari Artist Advocate Award are open now until October 1, 2019. The award is named for the late Cindi Lazzari, a leading Texas attorney who went far beyond the call of duty in her efforts to protect the rights of artists in the music industry.
We continue our 5 Questions With An Industry Professional interview series with Martha Reyna, event promoter for this weekend's Tighten Up Texas Soul Weekender, a multi-day dance party and record swap in Houston at the Continental Club and Pink Elephant Room, with classic and underground soul music fueled by some of Texas' best vinyl DJ (as well as DJs flying in from various points around the world)...and featuring a performance from Houston soul music living legend Archie Bell.
The Texas Music Office will host a Music Friendly Community workshop on Wednesday, August 28, in Waco. The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning about the new Texas Music Office program that seeks to foster music business economic development in Texas cities and communities. Brendon Anthony, director of the Texas Music Office within the Office of the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism Division, will be present to explain the Music Friendly Community designation and answer questions.
INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK is currently accepting applications for its summer 2020 iteration. The concert series debuted in Texas July 8 - 14, 2019, with independently owned music venues joining an annual international series of shows, bringing together music venues, rising and established artists, promoters, labels, media, and tastemakers. Texas featured one of highest number of participating venues of any state with shows in Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.