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On Friday, June 18, the Texas Music Office (TMO) + the City of El Paso + the El Paso International Music Foundation will celebrate El Paso becoming a TMO-certified Music Friendly Community (MFC). TMO Community Relations & Outreach Specialist Chip Adams will represent the TMO, awarding El Paso MFC liaison Veronica Castro (Director of Tourism, Destination El Paso) the "Music Friendly" honor at an in-person celebration in El Paso.
On Wednesday, May 12th, the TMO's Texas Music Mixtape was joined in conversation for an exclusive interview with BMI Texas' Sr. Director, Creative, Mitch Ballard. Ballard discussed the return to his home state after nearly 3 decades working in Nashville's music industry, what it was like to be selected to launch BMI's first new regional office in more than 20 years, and he explains how the #BMITexasTen playlist quickly became a "must listen" for music industry insiders and fans of new Texas music.
SBA’s SHUTTERED VENUE OPERATORS GRANT Application Portal To Reopen TOMORROW, April 24, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. CST
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced TODAY that they will reopen the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal tomorrow, April 24, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. CST for operators of live music venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theaters, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers and talent representatives to apply for critical economic relief.
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).