About the TMO
TMO staff outreach pitches Texas as the #1 place for music business, sharing that message throughout the state and country (left to right): Brendon Anthony gives a speech to music industry executives at the Coastal Bend Music Industry Symposium in Corpus Christi, Chip Adams discusses the Music Friendly Texas Program at the Coastal Bend Music Industry Symposium in Corpus Christi, Steve Ray judges a Battle of the Bands competition in Odessa, Jenny Perkins addresses the Texas Sounds & Cities Conference in Fort Worth.
The Texas Music Office (TMO) in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism is the only state music office in the nation. For more than 30 years, TMO has fostered the economic development of Texas music businesses, Texas musicians, and Texas communities. The TMO operates the Music Friendly Texas program, the first in the nation since introduced by TMO in 2016, which consists of an extensive network of 45 (and counting) certified Music Friendly Texas community partners across the state, all of whom seek to foster music business-related economic development and job creation in their Texas cities and communities. The TMO also serves as a clearinghouse for Texas music industry information, acts as a liaison between music businesses and government offices, publicizes significant industry developments, and attracts essential music industry to the Lone Star State. A vibrant Texas music industry supports local job creation while drawing visitors from around the globe, attracting a talented workforce across industries, and supporting business recruitment and expansion efforts throughout the state.
Welcome to the Texas Music Office, we look forward to connecting with you.
Meet the Team:
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.
Community Relations & Outreach Specialist
Community Relations and Outreach Specialist Chip Adams handles the TMO’s Music Friendly Texas Program, connecting Texas cities with our growing Music Friendly Texas network to help foster music industry development. Chip guides potential new communities through the certification process, and once completed he continues frequent communications with all certified liaisons with updates and opportunities for collaboration. From Music Friendly Texas Community workshops and certification ceremonies, to the TMO’s Annual Texas Sounds & Cities Conference, Chip works with city governments and key stakeholders to show that Texas is serious about our commercial music industry.
Programs 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.
Marketing & Communications Specialist
Marketing & Communications Specialist Jenny Perkins sets and oversees the Texas Music Office's marketing and communications strategy and execution for marketing the TMO's programs and services. Jenny is also the manager and administrator of TMO's social media channels, monthly newsletter, website, graphic design, content creation and delivery, analytics and reporting, strategic partnerships, sponsorships, and events. In addition, she manages all messaging and press releases for TMO staff, Music Friendly Texas Communities, and works closely with the Office of the Governor's Press Office.
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711
Physical Address (Please call for an appointment):
State Insurance Building
1100 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78701