The Office of the Texas Governor’s Texas Music Office has named Dripping Springs a music-friendly community. This puts Dripping Springs in good company with more than 20 Texas cities. TMO explains the purpose of the Music Friendly Community, which is “to foster music business-related economic development in Texas cities and communities.”
About Dripping Springs as a Music-Friendly Community
To celebrate this milestone, Texas music blues living legend Jimmie Vaughan surprised attendees by appearing at the Dripping Springs certification ceremony. True to his music roots, Vaughan pulled out his guitar and played a rotation as a ringer in the open mic night.
Here’s what the TMO news release reports.
“The Dripping Springs area is well known for fostering musical talent as shown by a multitude of venues promoting live music, several recording studios, and our highly successful annual Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival,” said Pam Owens, President and CEO of the Dripping Springs Visitors Bureau. “The Texas Music Office will give us a way to reach, assist, and advocate for the great talent we have locally.”
Vaughan is one of many musicians who call Dripping Springs home. Other Dripping Springs residents include Israel Nash, Ben Kweller, recording engineer Tim Palmer, and the Orb Recording Studios.
“Our area is full of local talent in an assortment of genres. We’re so well known as a music community that working toward this Music Friendly certification was a natural fit,” said Dripping Springs Mayor Bill Foulds. “Artists are showcased at a variety of local businesses and venues every day of the week, plus we have a number of other industry professionals, a music school, and several recording studios.”
The city will hold its seventh annual Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival this October.
Why Texas Music Matters
Why have a Music-Friendly Community designation in Texas? The Texas Music Office wants to attract and grow the music business. According KXAN, the Texas music industry has contributed $27.3 billion to the Texas economy and provided more than 200,000 jobs around the state.
Other Texas communities recognized as Music Friendly Communities include Abilene, Alpine, Arlington, Austin, Bastrop, Brenham, Conroe, Denison, Denton, Fort Worth, Lindale, Lubbock, McKinney, Nacogdoches New Braunfels, Round Rock, San Angelo, San Antonio, Stephenville, Waco, Waxahachie, and Victoria.
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