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As almost all events are canceling and rescheduling for the foreseeable future, musicians are moving to social media and digital platforms to livestream concerts from their homes, empty venues, or wherever they can. Many Texan artists have hopped on this effort since the cancellation of SXSW, but there are plenty of upcoming series and concerts from all across the state that you can tune into as you’re social distancing. Texas Monthly, Austin 360, and others have compiled a list of Texas artists that are streaming weekly shows and DJ sessions, across all genres.
President Donald Trump signed H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law this week. It is the third and most extensive, measure enacted to provide relief and aid related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes economic and health coverage protection provisions for individuals, employers, and key sectors of the music industry. We've prepared a summary of some of the key benefits for music industry professionals.
Learn about the plethora of livestream concerts happeningn today from Texas-based artists. As almost all events are canceling and rescheduling for the foreseeable future, musicians are moving to social media and digital platforms to livestream concerts from their homes, empty venues, or wherever they can.
Resources & Info for Texas Music Businesses Affected by COVID-19: SBA Disaster Loan Info, Small Business FAQs, Emergency Assistance Grants, Unemployment Assistance
The TMO has complied resources & information for Texas music businesses professionals affected by COVID-19, including: SBA Disaster Loan Info, Small Business FAQs, Emergency Assistance Grants, and Unemployment Assistance.
The Texas Music Office is compiling assistance information and resources for music industry professionals whose creative industries and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID-19, resulting in loss of work due to venue closures, festival and event cancellations and travel restrictions. The TMO will continue to update this page as more information and resources become available. Likewise, some of the grants run out of funds, and then are later replished via new donations. So make sure to check back if a grant you're interested in is temporarily suspended because it ran out of funding.
Due to the city of Austin and Travis County’s declarations on March 6th, the March 2020 SXSW Conference, Festivals and related events have been canceled. As such, the Let’s Talk Texas event on Tuesday, March 17 will no longer take place.
The Texas Music Office lists Texas music industry-related jobs on our social media channels with the hashtag #TXMusicJobs. There are currently Texas music industry-related jobs available in Dallas, Austin, Houston, Irving, and San Antonio via LiveNation, Frontgate Tickets, KMFA, and MOOD Media.
Continuing with our ongoing 5 Questions With An Industry Professional interview series, we spoke with Native Texan and longtime music photojournalist Pat Blashill who has compiled his life's work into a new photo book Texas Is the Reason: The Mavericks of Lone Star Punk (Bazillion Points, February 29), covering the origins of Texas punk rock music and how much of it centered in Austin and San Antonio.