The SBA has shared its preliminary checklist for the new Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program. The SVO Grant program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Learn the program details, eligibility requirements, and much more!
On Wednesday, March 3rd at 2:30pm CT on the TMO's Texas Music Mixtape, program host Marc Fort is joined in conversation by Bevis Griffin, 1 of the 1st glam rockers in TX as the Texas Music Mixtape closes out its #BlackHistoryMonth tribute! Also on today’s Texas Music Mixtape, the show features new music from Texas artists including Riders Against The Storm, Drint, Leon Bridges, Bobby Sessions + Megan Thee Stallion, and more.
TMO Asks SBA to Accelerate Opening the Application Window for the SBA’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
On February 25th, TMO Director Brendon Anthony wrote the U.S. Small Business Administration's Acting Administrator Tami Perriello asking the SBA to accelerate opening the application window for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. "On behalf of the Texas Music Office and its constituents from all across the state, please take the necessary steps to open applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant so that the Texas music industry – and the thousands of individuals employed by the state’s small venues – may live to see another day, as the permanent closure of these venues would be immeasurable to our state’s economy and culture," Anthony wrote. Read the full letter here.
The 1980s: The Best Little Playlist in Texas (celebrating the Texas Film Commission’s 50th anniversary)
To celebrate the Texas Film Commission's 50th Anniversary, the Texas Music Office + the Texas Film Commission revisit music appearing in 1980's TV shows and films shot in Texas (including PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE, TRUE STORIES, REVENGE OF THE NERDS, INDIANA JONES & THE LAST CRUSADE, PARIS TX, ROADIE, & more).
This week on the TMO’s Texas Music Mixtape, the program celebrates #BlackHistoryMonth with a show featuring TX artists who have created music which influenced artists and multiple genres not just in the USA, but around the world, including: Ornette Coleman, Big Mama Thornton, Joe Tex, Mickey and the Soul Generation, Geto Boys, Scott Joplin, Freddie King, UGK, and more! LISTEN to the radio program in real time in Austin on KOOP Radio 91.7 FM, or from anywhere in the world by searching for KOOP Radio on TuneIn, Amazon Alexa, or by listening on KOOP’s web player: https://koop.org/listen-live/.
The Texas Music Office (TMO) and the Visit Grand Prairie will co-host a virtual Music Friendly Community workshop on Thursday, March 11 at 6 pm CT. TMO Community Relations and Outreach Specialist Chip Adams will co-host the workshop via livestream to represent the TMO, answer questions, and speak about the Music Friendly Community program.
Texas Music Office Sponsors Texas Music Showcases at the 2021 Edition of the Folk Alliance International Conference
The Texas Music Office continued its sponsorship of Texas Music Showcases at the 2021 virtual Folk Alliance International Conference: Folk Unlocked. The TMO joined ComboPlate Booking, Texas Folklife, High Plains Public Radio, and more to present Texas music showcases throughout the week of the festival, spotlighting performances by more than 20 different Texas singer-songwriters. View archive videos of the showcases, including performances by Texas artists Longriver, Little Marzan, Curtis McMurtry, Jaimee Harris, Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines, Brenda Martinez, Los Arcos Hermanos Peña, Keyun Dickson, and many more!
Join us the TMO's Texas Music Mixtape radio program as we’re joined in conversation by legendary psychedelic noise rock guitarist/producer Paul Leary. We talk about the inspiration he draws from pop culture, his old band the BH Surfers, his new first solo LP release in 30 years “Born Stupid”, & much more! Listen to the Texas Music Mixtape in real time every Wednesday at 2:30 pm CT on KOOP Radio in Austin, TX, or from anywhere in the world via KOOP's web player.