Amarillo designated Music Friendly Texas Community

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the City of Amarillo has been designated by the Texas Music Office (TMO) as a Music Friendly Texas Community after completing the multi-step certification process. The Music Friendly Texas program, the first in the nation since introduced by TMO in 2016, seeks to foster music business-related economic development and job creation in Texas cities and communities.

“Congratulations to the City of Amarillo on earning the Music Friendly Texas Certified Community designation,” said Governor Abbott. “Music is key to the Texas brand and is deeply rooted in the cultural traditions of our great state. Music Friendly Texas Communities certified by the Texas Music Office work hard to attract and develop the local music industry to boost local job creation and economic growth. In fact, with support from the Texas Music Office, the Texas music industry accounted for more than 192,000 direct and indirect permanent jobs and generated more than $26 billion in economic activity statewide last year. Together, we will continue to work alongside communities in every region of our state to amplify their growth and success.”

“Amarillo has always been a music-friendly city with wonderful musicians and live music venues,” said Mayor Cole Stanley. “We are proud to now join our peers across the state as an official Music Friendly Texas Certified Community.”

“We are celebrating Amarillo’s incredibly rich tradition of arts and culture with this designation,” said Amarillo College Music & Theatre Department Chair and Amarillo Music Friendly Advisory Board Chair Camille D. Nies. “We hope this helps others enjoy the oasis of musical styles, venues, and artists located here in Amarillo.”

"We've always known Amarillo to be a place of unique character and culture,” said Visit Amarillo Executive Director Kashion Smith. “Receiving the Texas Music Office designation as a Music Friendly Texas Community truly underscores our commitment to celebrating the diverse musical talents that thrive in our city. From the iconic Route 66 to the vibrant local scene, Amarillo's music heritage is a testament to our city's spirit. We're excited to welcome musicians, music lovers, and visitors to experience the harmony of our thriving music culture."

The Music Friendly Texas Community Certification Ceremony cohosted by TMO, Visit Amarillo, and the City of Amarillo will be held on Monday, November 13, and will include speakers from the Amarillo community and city leaders. TMO Community Relations & Outreach Specialist Chip Adams will present the designation. Members of the community are invited to attend.

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