Governor Abbott announces third annual Texas Sounds and Cities Conference

Bringing together Music Friendly Communities to explore collaboration, music scene development, and continued economic expansion
Governor Abbott announces third annual Texas Sounds and Cities Conference

Governor Abbott announces third annual Texas Sounds and Cities Conference; photo contributed from the Office of the Texas Governor

AUSTIN, Texas – On Friday, Sept. 3, Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Music Office announced that the Third Annual Texas Sounds & Cities Conference will be help Thursday, Sept. 9 and Friday, Sept. 10 in Arlington, Texas. The two-day music conference will be co-hosted by the Texas Music Office, Levitt Pavilion Arlington and the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau. It will include panel discussions on Texas music scene development and conversations about potential statewide collaboration between the certified communities. It will also spotlight economic development best practices that lead to increased music tourism, job creation and music scene cohesion.

“Music is a big part of the Texas brand,” said Governor Abbott. “A vibrant music industry in communities across Texas not only adds to the quality of life, it is a competitive advantage, helping the Lone Star State to attract major capital investments, culturally diverse talent, and new jobs across industries. I thank the Texas Music Office and our Music Friendly Communities for sharing their knowledge and joining the conversation on continued economic expansion strategies for local music businesses, musicians, venues, and the music industry across the state.”

“I am proud of the work that our certified Music Friendly Communities do on behalf of their local music industries,” said Brendon Anthony, Director, Texas Music Office. “The Texas Sounds & Cities Conference will be a great event to bring them together, offering opportunities to learn from experts in the music industry and to collaborate with their fellow communities.”

Launched in 2017, the Texas Music Office’s Music Friendly Communities now includes more than 25 certified Music Friendly Communities. These communities are series about attracting and developing the local music industry to enhance job creation and economic growth.

Governor Abbott announces third annual Texas Sounds and Cities Conference – Speakers will include:

  • Kate Durio, CEO, North America, Sound Diplomacy;
  • Dr. Michael Seman, Assistant Professor of Arts Management, Colorado State University;
  • Edwin Cabaniss, Founder / President, Kessler Presents; J
  • on Hockenyos, President, TXP, Inc.; and more.

“Arlington is proud to host the Texas Sounds & Cities Conference connecting music advocates from all over Texas,” said Decima Mullen, Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Live music is an essential element of a thriving cultural environment; it brings musicians and audiences together — creating a sense of belonging. Music Friendly Communities understand the value of building community through live music and the powerful economic impact of a healthy music ecosystem.”

“The Levitt Pavilion Arlington is proud to support the efforts of the Texas Music Office in spreading the word through the Music Friendly Community certification program,” said Letatia Teykl, Executive Director, Levitt Pavilion Arlington. “The Arlington Music Friendly Community is excited about the possibilities!”

Third Annual Texas Sounds & Cities Conference

For a detailed agenda and to register for the event, you can visit:

https://gov.texas.gov/music/page/texas-sounds-and-cities-2021

You can contact Letatia Teykl, Executive Director, Levitt Pavilion Arlington at 817-543-4303 or Letatia@levittarling

For questions, contact: Letatia Teykl, Executive Director, Levitt Pavilion Arlington at 817.543.4303 or Letatia@levittarlington.org

You can find more information about the Texas Music Friendly Community program at https://gov.texas.gov/music/page/music-friendly-communities