Music Industry Contribution to State Economic Activity

Texas Music Office


Jobs Supported

Texas Music Office


Music Businesses

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Royalty Recipients





No other state can boast the musical flavor and flair of Texas.

Home to the Austin City Limits Music Festival and South by Southwest (among many other events), the Lone Star State’s contributions to music – including artists, genres, and influence – is unparalleled.


  • Beyoncé Knowles
  • Boz Scaggs
  • Buddy Holly
  • Ciara
  • Dixie Chicks
  • Don Henley
  • George Strait
  • Janis Joplin
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Kris Kristofferson
  • Meat Loaf (Michael Lee Aday)
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Norah Jones
  • Pantera
  • Roy Orbison
  • Stephen Stills
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn
  • Usher
  • Willie Nelson
  • ZZ Top

    Music Venues & Festivals

    • ACL Music Festival
    • AT&T Center
    • Austin360 Amphitheater
    • Billy Bob's
    • Dos Equis Pavilion
    • Emo's
    • Firehouse Saloon
    • Float Fest Festival
    • Levitation Festival
    • Lights All Night Festival
    • Long Center for the Performing Arts
    • Majestic Theatre
    • McGonigel's Mucky Duck
    • Moody Theater
    • Neon Desert Festival
    • Old Settler's Music Festival
    • Perot Theatre
    • River City Rockfest Festival
    • South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival
    • Ubbi Dubbi Festival

    Music Schools

    • Midwestern State University
    • Rice University (Shepherd School of Music)
    • Sam Houston State University
    • Southern Methodist University
    • Texas Christian University
    • Texas Lutheran University
    • Texas Tech University (School of Music)
    • University of Houston (Moores School of Music)
    • University of North Texas College of Music
    • University of Texas (Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music)

    Major Music Conferences

    • SXSW
    • Music Biz Day
    • Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference
    • DIY Musician Conference
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