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SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 12, 2018) – Today, the Texas Music Office officially announced San Antonio as a “Music Friendly Community.” Texas Music Office Director Brendon Anthony presented the certification to San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Department of Arts & Culture Director Debbie Racca-Sittre, and San Antonio Arts Commission music committee chair and musician Henry Brun at a news conference this morning. The announcement event also included a live performance by San Antonio-based art-rock band, Butttercup.
San Antonio is the fourth city in the state, joining Fort Worth, Austin and Denton, to be designated as a “Music Friendly Community” by the Texas Music Office, a division in the Office of the Governor. The Texas Music Office developed this program to better facilitate an interconnected and organized music community across the state, allowing the designated communities to address the needs and opportunities of the local music industry, facilitate data and best practice sharing with the Texas Music Office and other Music Friendly Communities, and to best market each city’s and the state’s music offerings globally. Dallas and Lubbock are also cities pursuing this certification.
“As a city celebrating its Tricentennial year, San Antonio has a long history of being the home to incredible world-class talent, especially in music of all genres,” Mayor Nirenberg said. “Today is a celebration of where we’ve already been as a music city, where we’re going, and how the City of San Antonio’s recognizes that music is an important industry to support and help grow.”
The “Music Friendly Community” status follows the City of San Antonio having met all five requirements of the Texas Music Office’s program including:
- Attend a Texas Music Office sponsored “Music Friendly Community” workshop.
- Establish an official City Music Office liaison.
- Register with the Texas Music Office’s Texas Music Directory and agree to share data between the City and State.
- Demonstrate partnerships with music-related 501c3 nonprofits.
- Collaborate with music education programs, including college or university music schools.
“The City of San Antonio and its Department of Arts & Culture have showcased significant dedication to promoting, supporting and growing the city’s music industry,” said Texas Music Office Director Brendon Anthony. “This new designation connects San Antonio with an information sharing network of other Texas communities that are focused on the music economy and we look forward to working alongside city leaders to move the local industry forward.”
Over the next few months, the Department of Arts & Culture and the San Antonio Arts Commission’s Music Committee will work with the Texas Music Office and the local community to develop a Music Strategic Plan for the City of San Antonio. The plan is expected to be completed for presentation to City Council in June 2018.
PHOTO: The Texas Music Office officially designated San Antonio as a “Music Friendly Community” at a news conference today. Brendon Anthony, Texas Music Office director (third from left), presented the official certificate of designation to City of San Antonio representatives (L-R) Henry Brun, San Antonio Arts Commission music committee chair and local musician; San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg; and Debbie Racca-Sittre, Department of Arts & Culture director. Courtesy Photo.