Arlington is Named a Texas Music-Friendly Community

Arlington has officially been designated a texas music-friendly community by the Texas Music Office. The certification ceremony is this Friday, December 18th via zoom. Mayor Jeff Williams, Arlington City Manager Trey Yelverton, and Arlington Convention & Visitor’s Bureau CEO Ron Price will receive the certification from Texas Music Office Community Relations & Outreach Specialist (and Arlington native) Chip Adams.

The process to become a Texas Music-Friendly Community started back in October when Letatia Teyki, executive director of Levitt Pavillion Arlington, along with Ron Price teamed up with other leaders in Arlington’s music industry. Venues, artists, producers, educators, and recording studios joined in the effort to help American’s Dream City become the 20th city to receive the honor this year.

Together they accomplished the five steps set forward by the Texas Music Officer to become a music-friendly community. 

  • Host a music-friendly community workshop 
  • Establish a City/County/Region Music Office liaison, who can respond to constituent questions 
  • Register with the Texas Music Office’s Texas Music Industry Directory 
  • Demonstration of partnerships with the community’s music-related 501c3 nonprofits in order to foster community development. 
  • Collaboration with music education programs, including area college or university music schools.

For nearly 30 years the Texas Music Office has served the Texas music industry. The Music Friendly Community program will provide the Arlington community with a network for fostering music industry development. The program aims to send a clear message to industry professionals that Arlington is dedicated to the growth and development of its music scene.

“As a Film-Friendly Certified Community, Arlington is incredibly excited to now be recognized as a Music-Friendly City by the Texas Music Office,” said Mayor Williams. “Arlington has a rich musical legacy, including the fine arts department of our school district that has produced Grammy Award-winning talents like Pentatonix and Maren Morris, and we are also home to the great Kirk Franklin. I want to thank Levitt Pavilion Arlington, City staff and the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau for working on this initiative and to help us foster music economic development opportunities throughout The American Dream City.”

Cities that have received the official Music-Friendly Community designation from the Texas Music Office include Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Denton, Lindale, Stephenville, Conroe, San Angelo, Nacogdoches, Abilene, McKinney, Waxahachie, Waco, Alpine and Bastrop.

Watch the certification ceremony live this Friday at 12:30pm.

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Nikki Frisby
Nikki is an Arlington, Texas native who loves finding hole in the wall restaurants, exploring new cultures, and listening to live music. She is currently a marketing and management double major at the University of Texas at Arlington who is involved in the Goolsby Leadership Academy, American Marketing Association, and LGBTQA Program. As a Yelp Elite member she supports local business and is always up to try new foods.