Join Visit Fort Worth and The Texas Music Office, Office of the Governor for Texas Sounds and Cities, Friday, April 26, 2019 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.
The conference is designed for organizations that want to boost their collaboration with musicians, music venues and the Texas music industry.
- Sounds & Cities Conference + Fortress Festival 2-day pass: $249
- Sounds & Cities Conference: $199
Register now by clicking on the button below.
8:30AM Arrival: Coffee Bar & Breakfast
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, Director, Texas Music Office
Tom Martens, Creative Director, Visit Fort Worth
Shannon Overby, Director, Conroe Convention & Visitors Bureau
Frank Jackson, Sr. VP of Sales & Marketing, Smith Music Group
Julie Glover, Economic Development Program Administrator, City of Denton
10:00AM 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.
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: President, Junior Achievement of Chisholm Trail
Erika Hersh: Regional Lending Manager, DFW People Fund
Jeffrey Chestnut: Jeff Chesnut, Public Finance and Economic Development Attorney, Underwood Law Firm
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: Tiffany Kerr, Director of Marketing, Visit Austin
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.
Tony Green, Musician and Entertainment Entrepreneur
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.
3:00PM Break: Almas Popsicles & Treats and Tastings from Acre Distilling
3:15PM Making Places for Music
Learn how cities are getting creative and creating community spaces for live music.
Sandra Doan, Director of Artistic Planning, Van Cliburn Foundation
Kat Orsak: Executive Director, The Lot Downtown Mansfield
Seong MacLaren: Director of Tourism & Downtown Development, City of Lindale
Shanna Cate, Director of Programming & Development, TRVA
Rebecca Reynolds, President Music Venue Alliance Austin
4:00PM A Conversation with Brendon Anthony: Musician to Be Announced
4:45PM Happy Hour with local brews from Wild Acre Brewing + Live Music
6:00PM KERA Art and Seek at the Kimbell Art Museum
Fort Worth Rising: Is the Indie Music Scene Achieving Liftoff?