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This Week in Texas Music History: Texas Music Office

Art&Seek presents This Week in Texas Music History. Every week, we’ll spotlight a different moment and the musician who made it. This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll visit a place that puts the official state seal on the sounds of Texas.

You can also hear This Week in Texas Music History on Sunday at precisely 6:04 p.m. on KERA radio. But subscribe to the podcast so you won’t miss an episode. And our thanks to KUT public radio in Austin for helping us bring this segment to you. And if you’re a music lover, be sure to check out Track by Track, the bi-weekly podcast from Paul Slavens, host of KXT’s The Paul Slavens Show, heard Sunday night’s at 8.

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On Jan. 20, 1990, the state legislature established the Texas Music Office in order to promote Texas music and musical education in the state. At the time, Texas was the only state in the nation to have a governmental agency devoted to supporting its own music industry. Under the leadership of Casey Monahan, the Texas Music Office has become a valuable resource for information on thousands of musicians, music education programs and music-oriented businesses. The Texas Music Office also works with a number of venues, festivals and agencies to help market Texas as a destination for music-related tourism.

By helping to preserve and promote the state’s rich musical heritage, the Texas Music Office has ensured that this important part of our history and culture remains popular worldwide.

Next time on This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll learn about a musical pioneer who drew inspiration from a barroom brawl.