About the TMO
TMO staff outreach pitches Texas as the #1 place for music business, sharing that message in the community and around the world (left to right): Steve Ray presents a proclamation honoring Texas musician Sunny Sauceda in San Antonio, Brendon Anthony gives a speech to music industry executives at the Governor's Mansion during SXSW, Marc Fort speaking on a panel at Live at Heart Music Fest in Örebro, Sweden.
For nearly 30 years the Texas Music Office has served the Texas music industry. Its mission to create opportunity and connect businesses continues today. Our core functions are to serve as a clearinghouse for Texas music industry information via the TMO's Texas Music Industry Directory (a business referral network comprised of 15,000-plus Texas music businesses), serve as a liaison between music businesses and government offices and agencies, publicize significant developments within the industry, and to attract essential music industry to foster the economic development of Texas music businesses and musicians.
Welcome to the Texas Music Office, we look forward to connecting with you.
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As Director of the Texas Music Office, Brendon Anthony sets the agenda for business development, helping music industry professionals navigate their entry into the Texas market, as well as moving their businesses to Texas (including corporations, start-ups, and everything in between). Appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2015, Brendon provides the link between the Office of the Governor's Economic Development & Tourism Division executive staff, private sector music industry businesses, and non-governmental music organizations and trade associations. In addition to leading the Texas Music Office, Brendon is also the point person for the Music Friendly Communities program which helps connect the various music markets throughout the state with one another, establishes best practices for economic development success, and fosters the development and connection of higher education music programs to real-world music business opportunity.
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Marc oversees the TMO's marketing strategy as the Digital Media Specialist, running point for marketing of the TMO's programs and services, including the charitable license plate grant program. Marc admins all of the TMO's social media channels...allowing the TMO to meet its legislative mandate of promoting "the development of the music industry in the state by informing members of that industry and the public about the resources available in the state for music production." In addition, Marc is the main admin for the Texas Music Office's website, creating and managing all of the TMO's still photography, videography, and written outreach.
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Program Manager Steve Ray administers Texas Music Office's programs like the Texas Music Office License Plate Grant program, the TMO internship program, and the day-to-day office travel schedule that allows the small 3 person team to be in multiple places at once, covering more than 50K miles of work travel in just one year. Additionally Steve heads up the TMO's music history program, including developing a Texas Music Trails program that promotes music history tourism around the state.
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711
Physical Address (Please call for an appointment):
State Insurance Building
1100 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78701