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5 Questions With An Industry Professional: UTOPiAfest Chief Experiential Architect Travis Sutherland
As a part of our ongoing "5 Questions With A Music Industry Professional" interview series, we sit down with UTOPiAfest promoter and Chief Experiential Architect Travis Sutherland to discuss the origins of the music festival, its transition from Utopia, TX to this year's location at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, TX, and what he's learned during the last 11 years producing the intimate, family-friendly festival that is unlike any other in the state.
The Texas Music Office will host Music Friendly Community Workshops this month in Victoria and Plano. The office is collaborating with the Victoria Convention & Visitors Bureau and Visit Plano on the workshops, which are free and open to anyone interested in learning about how the program seeks to foster music business economic development in Texas cities and communities.
The Texas Music Office + Modern Outsider + KUTX 98.9 co-present the 2nd annual Texas Record Label Bazaar on November 2nd at the ABGB. Come find your favorite new albums - including vinyl, CDs and merch - from some of the best independent labels across Texas! And Texas-based record labels take note: there are still a few days left to register for a vendor space.
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.
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.
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.
The Texas Music Office will return to the annual Folk Alliance International Conference in January 2020 to host Texas music showcases for the fourth year in a row. Performers for the main showcase stages are drawn from official applications to the conference. The deadline for artist applications is July 15.