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On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, The Texas Music Office within will certify Stephenville as the sixth city to receive the TMO's Music Friendly Community certification at a celebration ceremony from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Twisted J. The public is invited to attend this free event. Performing that evening will be Pearl Street Combo, with an open jam following the ceremony featuring other local musicians.
The Texas Music Office will sponsor several showcase opportunities for Texas musicians at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Montreal, Canada, February 13-17, 2019.The Folk Alliance International Conference provides networking, mentorship, professional development and the chance to perform for venues, festival promoters, booking agents, managers, house concerts and industry representatives from more than 35 countries.
The City of Fort Worth (our initial Music Friendly Community designee) via Visit Fort Worth and the association Hear Fort Worth announced several initiatives to help Fort Worth musicians develop their talent and reach more people.
On Thursday, September 27, The Texas Music Office launched its inaugural benefit concert supporting its Texas Music License Plate Grant Fund, featuring music from the Josh Abbott Band and Rob Baird. The benefit concert was co-sponsored by Bud Light, Floore’s Country Store and Y100 San Antonio’s New Country Leader radio station. During a concert intermission, Anheuser-Busch’s Sr. Manager of Experiential Marketing Doug Mraw presented a check to TMO Director Brendon Anthony for $5,000 that will go directly toward grants for Texas school children to receive music instruments and lessons, as well as toward community music program grants.
The City of Austin's Music & Entertainment Division will reinstate the City's Creative Ambassadors Program, providing official ambassador designation and financial support to Austin artists traveling abroad in promotion of their creative projects.
Don’t mess with Texas® is hosting a Song Search Contest to find the next undiscovered musical talent in Texas to feature in the iconic litter-prevention campaign. The Song Search Contest will continue the tradition of music being a part of “Don’t mess with Texas” since the campaign’s inception 32 years ago.
The Texas Commission on the Arts is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 and 2020 Texas State Musician. Any Texas citizen is able to nominate a living artist, and self-nominations are welcome. You may submit more nominations for different artists. Previous State Musicians include Marcia Ball (2018's Texas State Musician), George Strait, Joe Ely, Jimmie Vaughan, Flaco Jimenez, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, and many more dating back to the 2003 inception year. Nominations will be accepted online through October 15, 2018.
For over 40 years the staff of Tyler, TX's Rosewood Studios has arranged, produced and recorded projects for a wide variety of artists. Rosewood owner/music producer Greg Hunt recently sat down with the TMO tracing his extensive career. This is the second and final part of the the interview.