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Governor Greg Abbott today announced the Texas Music Office (TMO) and the City of Round Rock will co-host a virtual Music Friendly Community workshop on Tuesday, March 30. 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 based/born (or raised) acts dominated among the winning acts at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards last night in Los Angeles, CA. 8 Texas acts win 11 GRAMMYs at the 2021 Recording Academy GRAMMY Awards. View the complete list of Texas winners among the 83 different categories, including Texas artists Sarah Jarosz, Miranda Lambert, Bobby Sessions, Megan Thee Stallion, and many more! Houston native Beyoncé made history this year, when she became the most-winning female artist, and the most-winning singer, male or female, in the 63-year history of the GRAMMY Awards with a new total of 28 trophies.
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!
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).
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!
The Governor's Office of Small Business Assistance, in partnership with the Texas Music Office, will provide an update on the Shuttered Venue Operator’s (SVO) Grant. The webinar will focus on the information required for small businesses to get ready to apply for the new grant through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Senator John Cornyn, author of the new bill that enacted this funding, will open the event. The expert panel will include Tim Jeffcoat, District Director of the SBA in Houston, and Blayne Tucker, music industry lawyer, venue operator and champion of the new bill.