July 2017 Newsletter

July 6, 2017

Business Spotlight: Collings Guitars (Part 2)

Known in the industry as "the Steve Jobs of guitar makers," Bill Collings has organically grown Collings Guitars into one of Texas' great entrepreneurial success stories.

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Photo: Chris "Critter" Eldgridge (left) and Bill Collings talk guitar tone at Collings Guitars in eastern Travis County. Photo by Marc Fort.

In the June 2017 Newsletter, we published part 1 of our interview with Bill Collings, owner and founder of Collings Guitars (one of Texas' great entrepreneurial music business success stories).

Please join us for part 2 of the in-depth interview, where Collings discusses what aspiring luthiers should study, what makes American guitars the best, guitar tone and sound between the notes that professional musicians are in search of, and much more.

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Young Masters Program Accepting Applications

young masters on stageDo you know a talented, deserving Texas-based 8th-11th grade artist who you think could be part of the Texas Cultural Trust's 2018 Young Masters class?

The Texas Young Masters Program is a joint initiative between the Texas Cultural Trustand the Texas Commission on the Arts, recognizing excellence in 8th through 11th grade in dance, theatre, literary arts, media arts, film, music, and visual arts. The program awards scholarship grants of $5,000 per year, for two years, nurturing our rising stars to become the Texas legends of tomorrow.

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A Legislative Victory for Texas Music

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Photo: Gov. Greg Abbott pictured with members of the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a new anti-counterfeiting bill (SB 1343) into law that strengthens protections against physical music piracy and provides law enforcement representatives and prosecutors with clear and efficient legal tools that can be used to protect the Texas music industry.

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Kids In A New Groove Seeks Music Mentors For TX Youth in Foster Care

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Central Texas musicians - looking to change some lives?

Austin-based nonprofit Kids In A New Groove is looking for volunteer music mentors for their "Music through Mentorship" program, providing one-on-one music lessons to youth in foster care. Current needs are in the Round Rock, Leander, Georgetown, and Cedar Park areas, however any and all are welcome! 

Contact volunteer@kidsinanewgroove.org for more info.   


TMO Outreach in the Community

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Photo: TMO's Marc Fort (center, on right) joins civic leaders and Central Texas hip hop/urban music artists discussing ways to grow the hip hop/urban music economy.

June 2017 found TMO Director Brendon Anthony working with both San Antonio and Fort Worth to bring them online as some of the Texas Music Office's initial, officially designated "Music Friendly Communities."

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