Governor Abbott announces third annual Texas Sounds and Cities conference Office of the Governor of Texas

September 3, 2021 | Austin, Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Music Office announced today that the third annual Texas Sounds & Cities conference will be held on Thursday, September 9 and Friday, September 10 in Arlington, Texas. Co-hosted by the Texas Music Office, Levitt Pavilion Arlington and the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau, the two-day music conference will include roundtables on the development of the Texas music scene and talks on possible state collaboration among certified communities, as well as highlighting best economic development practices that lead to an increase in music tourism, job creation and cohesion of the music scene.

“Music is an important part of the Texas brand,” Governor Abbott said. “A vibrant music industry in Texas communities not only adds to the quality of life, but is a competitive advantage as it helps the Lone Star State attract significant capital investment, culturally diverse talent and new jobs. in all industries.I thank the Texas Music Office and our music-friendly communities for sharing their knowledge and joining the conversation about continued economic expansion strategies for local music companies, musicians, venues and the music industry. the whole 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, providing opportunities to learn from music industry experts and collaborate with their communities.”

The Texas Music Office’s Music Friendly Communities program was launched in 2017 and now includes more than 25 certified music-friendly communities that want to attract and develop the local music industry to drive job creation and growth.

Speakers will include: Kate Durio, CEO, North America, Sound Diplomacy; Dr. Michael Seman, assistant professor of arts management at Colorado State University; Edwin Cabaniss, founder / president, Kessler Presents; Jon Hockenyos, president of TXP, Inc .; and more.

“Arlington is proud to host the Texas Sounds & Cities Conference that connects music advocates across Texas,” said Decima Mullen, vice president of Marketing and Communications, Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Live music is an essential element of a thriving cultural environment; it brings together musicians and audiences, creating a sense of belonging. Music-friendly communities understand the value of building community through live music and the powerful impact economic impact of a healthy music ecosystem. “

“The Levitt Pavilion Arlington is proud to support the Texas Office of Music’s efforts in disseminating the Music Friendly Community certification program,” said Letatia Teykl, executive director of Levitt Pavilion Arlington. “The Arlington Music Friendly community is excited about the possibilities.”

Third annual Texas Sounds & Cities conference

September 9-10, 2021

Globe Life Field, Arlington

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

For questions, please contact: Letatia Teykl, Executive Director, Levitt Pavilion Arlington at 817.543.4303 or

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