San Marcos has been officially designated a “music-friendly community,” Gov. Greg Abbott’s office announced on Tuesday.
The city, which underwent a multi-step process to receive the state’s designation, joins 29 other communities across Texas as a music-friendly city. According to Abbott’s office, the Music Friendly Community program aims to foster economic development related to the music business in cities and communities in Texas.
“From the influential work of Eddie Durham and his enduring honky-tonk-style swing jazz compositions of the Ace in the Hole group where legendary country music artist George Strait made his debut, the musical roots of the town of San Marcos are deep. ” Board member Melissa Derrick said in a statement. “Becoming a music-friendly community is good for our city. It’s good for our businesses, our suppliers and our organizations. It’s good for musicians and music lovers. It’s good for our culture. It’s good for the soul of San Marcos.
The multi-month process to achieve certification as a Music Friendly Community included attending a workshop sponsored by the Texas Music Office, working with local music education programs, and creating an advisory board of musicians. ‘local players in the music industry. Abbott said that in 2019, the Texas music industry, with support from the Texas Music Office, created more than 210,000 permanent direct and indirect jobs in Texas communities and generated $ 27.3 billion in business. economic.
“Music Friendly Communities certified by the Texas Music Office are making serious efforts to attract and grow the local music industry to spur job creation and economic growth,” Abbott said. “I congratulate the City of San Marcos on achieving the Music Friendly Community designation, and look forward to amplifying their continued success.
With the new designation of San Marcos, the city will begin a new series of concerts for families – Music on the Square – starting Thursday. The free concert series will take place every Thursday in October on the lawn of the historic Hays County Courthouse – 111 E. San Antonio St.
At Thursday’s event, lawn games will be available from 5 p.m. with music from 6 p.m., the city said, adding that attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and drinks in containers. without glass. Rock Bottom String Band’s Tara Miller, David Beck and Derrick will speak as the city accepts the new designation at Thursday’s concert.
“San Marcos is home to many concert halls, where guests can enjoy performances by local artists looking to further their careers and share their art with the community,” said State Senator Donna Campbell. “Designating San Marcos as a music-friendly community will benefit our musicians and increase income, allowing the city to grow and continue to produce talented artists. I am proud to represent this city full of songs.
State Senator Judith Zaffirini added, “I am delighted that San Marcos is joining the Music Friendly Community, especially because promoting local arts and music energizes the economy and spurs innovation among artists, business owners and cultural leaders. I look forward to the many ways this designation will enrich the community.
The city said that even though the event takes place outdoors, masks are encouraged in spaces where social distancing is not possible. In addition, free Pfizer vaccines will be offered on site to people 12 years of age and older.
Each event will feature musicians who started their careers in San Marcos with Thursday’s concert lineup, including: night time 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Music Friendly Communities Designation Ceremony between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and David Beck performing from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. afternoon