Texas Sounds & Cities Conference

April 26, 2019 | Fort Worth, Texas


A one-day conference filled with live music, conversation and collaboration to keep our great state’s music scene moving forward.

Join Visit Fort Worth and the Office of the Governor’s Texas Music Office for a one-day conference about promoting music in our communities. Keep our great state’s music scene growing. Whether you’re in tourism or economic development, a musician, educator or music-lover, we hope to see you there!

This conference is ideal for communities interested in becoming music-friendly certified by the State of Texas and others wanting to work more closely with musicians and the local music eco-system.

Hear from industry experts from Sound Diplomacy, the Texas Music Office and many more.

Topics include:

·       Music-Friendly Cities

·       Venue Development

·       How Cities Can Work with Musicians

·       Funding & Development

·       Austin: Live Music Capital of the World

·       How to Build a Thriving Music City

Texas Sounds & Cities is open to the public. Space is limited so register now!

What is music friendly? On September 27, 2017 Fort Worth was designated the first music-friendly city in Texas by the Texas Music Office, Office of the Governor’s “Music-Friendly Communities” certification program. The certification reflects a commitment to convene and support local music and musicians, measuring their economic impact and creating an environment for long-term support. More communities in Texas have become music-friendly and the movement is growing.


1300 Gendy Street
At Fort Worth Community Art Center
Fort Worth, TX 76107



Click the link below to register and pay to claim your spot at Texas Sounds and Cities.




Full schedule to be released soon.

Friday, April 26 

8:30AM                Arrival: Coffee Bar & Breakfast  


8:45AM                Video Welcome from Texas Governor Greg Abbott


9:00AM                Music Friendly Cities Discussion & Showcase  

Hear from some of the first Texas Music Office music-friendly certified cities and learn about initiatives they’ve implemented to elevate their music scene.

 Moderator: Brendon Anthony, Texas Music Office Director

Cities featured: Fort Worth, Conroe, Denton


10:00AM               How to Build a Thriving Music Scene in Your City

Ted Talk alum and U.S. lead for Sound Diplomacy, Elizabeth Cawein shares ideas to build a thriving music scene.

Speaker: Elizabeth Cawein of Sound Diplomacy


10:45AM                 Bloody Mary Break by Black Eyed Distilling  


11:00AM              Funding & Development

Financial industry experts share tips and resources for fundraising and building support for music program development.  

Moderator: Jamey Ice, Musician + Entrepreneur                              


Cindy Hames: Junior Achievement of Chisholm Trail

Erika Hersh: DFW People Fund

Jeffrey Chestnut: Jeff Chesnut: Public Finance and Economic Development Attorney


11:45AM               Austin: Live Music Capital of the World

Learn from the individuals and organizations who are at the forefront of making Austin the Live Music Capital of the World.                                   

Moderator: Julie Chase, Visit Austin


Don Pitts: Founder, Sound Music Cities

Nick Shuley: President, Austin Music Movement

Graham Weber: Artistic Director, House of Songs Austin


12:30PM                Lunch – Tacos from Salsa Limon


1:30PM                Creating Opportunities for Musicians

Discussion on how to elevate local musicians while paving a path for career opportunities in your city and beyond.


Kate Dussalt: Founder, HiFi House Omaha  

Jamie Lou Connolly: House Manager and Public Relations, House of Songs Ozarks

Tyler Hale – Digital Music Editor & Content Producer, KCRW Los Angeles


2:15PM                House of Songs: A Conversation with Troy Campbell

House of Songs invites songwriters from around the world to share the universal language of music in collaborations designed to bridge cultures, build friendships and cultivate peace. Founder Troy Campbell shares the story behind this vision.

Moderator: Mitch Whitten, EVP Marketing & Strategy, Visit Fort Worth

Troy Campbell: Founder, House of Songs  


3:00PM                Break: Almas Popsicles & Treats and Acre Distilling  


3:15PM                Making Places for Music

Learn how cities are getting creative and creating community spaces for live music.          


Kat Orsak: Executive Director, The Lot Downtown Mansfield 

Seong MacLaren: Director of Tourism & Downtown Development, City of Lindale

Rebecca Reynolds, President Music Venue Alliance Austin


4:00PM                Closing Conversation with Brendon Anthony: Musician to Be Announced


4:45PM                Closing Happy Hour + Live Music


Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28

Fortress Festival featuring Leon Bridges