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With Thanksgiving behind us, and all of the various December holidays approaching, its time to start thinking about holiday gifts for friends and family. The TMO's Texas Music specialty license plates are truly a gift that keeps on giving: $22 of the $30 purchase fee goes toward future grants for Texas school children to receive music instruments and music lessons, and to community music programs.
TEXAS MUSIC BUSINESSES affected by Hurricane Harvey: The filing deadline for loans from the United States' Small Business Administration (SBA) for property damage caused by Hurricane Harvey is coming up on November 24, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is May 25, 2018. Continue reading for info on how to apply for these relief programs.
As the Texas music economy remains strong, companies big and small are hiring for music-related jobs all across the state. We've got a list of companies currently hiring, and linked jobs. Likewise, the Texas Music Office is currently accepting applications for our 2018 Spring Fellowship Intern Program.
TMO Director Brendon Anthony recently traveled to Memphis, TN to take part in the Music Cities Conference, where he promoted the TMO’s new “Music Friendly Communities” program, as well as studied best practices to help strengthen music communities all around the state. Sound Diplomacy’s Music Cities Conference provided leaders in the field an opportunity to meet and discuss best practices for supporting their local music industries.
In our exclusive career retrospective interview, Frank Erwin Center Director John Graham talks about his early days as a movie theater owner that gave him the skill set to manage larger venues, memorable moments like walking the arena with Bruce Springsteen as they inspected which seats a fan would truly enjoy, and his advice for anyone that would like to work in the high risk, high reward job of entertainment venue management.
The Texas country music community is one big family, and consequently many members of the Texas country music family were affected by the senseless violence in Las Vegas on the evening of October 1st. The City of Las Vegas has provided resources to check on loved ones affected by the tragedy, as well as ways that you can help.
With our fiscal year closing at the end of August, the TMO is proud to announce that our Texas Music specialty license plate sales are at an all-time high after the office revamped the plate's design and increased its marketing efforts. Based on sales reports from Texas Department of Transportation, revenue has doubled since the redesign of the plate.
We heard from hundreds upon hundreds of acts that have volunteered to perform at various Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concerts around the state. We are now circulating that spreadsheet of acts to Texas venues and event promoters. Likewise, we heard from multiple event promoters, bands, and folks from towns big and small that wanted to help their fellow Texans by putting together a benefit concert.