The Curtain is Finally Rising on the Texas Music Hall of Fame®
Artists will be on hand for October 19 kick off in Austin
Turn on the radio and the song that is playing was likely written or influenced by a Texan.
"The creation of the Texas Music Hall of Fame® is long overdue," said Edward Z. Fair, Executive Director of The Texas Music Hall of Fame®. "Texans have had a tremendous impact on the development of all styles of music in the United States and around the world."
The curtain rises on The Texas Music Hall of Fame® on Wednesday, October 19 in Austin with a Kick-Off Party that evening and entertainment by the Zot's of San Antonio. Many artists are expected to attend the event including: Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, Marcia Ball, Joe Ely, Jimmy LaFave, Monte Warden, Lee Roy Parnell and Paul Wall, who is also President of the Texas Chapter National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
The Texas Music Hall of Fame® recognizes and honors performers, songwriters, producers and other music business professionals who have made a significant contribution to Texas music or otherwise created a music legacy and seeks to educate the public about the achievements of such individuals.
"The Texas Music Hall of Fame® has an incredible board with each member bringing his or her unique background and expertise to the table," said Fair. "Of course the common thread among all of them is a love for Texas music."
Board members include:
Danny Eaton – Live Nation Entertainment
Ed Fair – Music Attorney
Dr. Gary Hartman – Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University
Terry Lickona – Austin City Limits Television Series
W. Mark Meyer – President, RR Advisors, L.L.C. (energy investments)
Casey Monahan – (ex-officio) – Director, Texas Music Office, Governor’s Office
Leslie Moore – Word of Mouth Catering/Mercury Hall
Steve Moore – Country Music Association
Margaret Moser – Austin Chronicle's Annual Austin Music Awards
Donnie Nelson – Dallas Mavericks
Rose Reyes – Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau
Roy Spence – GSD&M
Dan Workman – Sugar Hill Studios
Each year beginning in 2012, five members will be inducted into the Featured Performer Category of the Texas Music Hall of Fame® and one member will be inducted into the Non-Performer Category. The members selected for induction each year will be announced in the second quarter of the year. A major induction event will be held in the fall of each year.
"Our selection process is similar to the processes used by the Country Music Hall of Fame® and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," said Fair. "Given the depth of Texas music, we will never run short of worthy candidates."
While the induction is the pinnacle of the Texas Music Hall of Fame®, there are many other activities planned:
Texas Music Hall of Fame® Concert Series
Talent N Texas: Regional performance competitions with celebrity judges. The statewide winner will perform at the next year's induction ceremony.
Educational programs and conferences, seminars, panels, etc. addressing different aspects of Texas music
Student Essay Competitions: High school and college categories. Winners will receive scholarships and winning essays posted on website.
The kickoff announcement will include the unveiling of the Texas Music Hall of Fame® website: www.TexasMusicHOF.com
"The internet gives us the opportunity to reach people all over the world" "One of our initial key projects will be the creation of a 'virtual' Texas Music Hall of Fame® through our website," said Fair.
Special thanks to the following individuals and companies who contributed countless hours to Texas Music Hall of Fame®’s first major event:
Johnny Medina for organizing and overseeing all stage and sound production.
Adam Gonzalez and Independence Brewing Company for rising to the call at the last minute and contributing assorted beverages.
TMHOF Board Member Leslie Moore and Word of Mouth for providing top-of-the-line catering services.
TMHOF Board Member Roy Spence of GSD&M for providing an amazing setting for the Kick-Off Party. Thanks to all GSD&M staff members for their assistance with a special thank you to David Rockwood, Rob McDonald, Karen Greer Bearden and Dustin Marchant.
Laura Barton and Judy Wilder of Barton Wilder Custom Images for the upcoming Music Icon Video with Johnny Gimble and for helping preserve the momentous occasion in photographs.
Our intern Felipe Nunez and our volunteers including Brenda Bartek (a luxury item, indeed), Deb Fleming and students from the University of Texas and Grammy U. for their contribution to the success of the Kick-Off Party.
Very special thanks to Erik Simpson and Gina Galaviz of esd and associates, as well as their super creative staff, for their relentless efforts in connection with the design and operation of the TMHOF website and for providing excellent PR coverage.
Thank you to Don "Bassman" Bennet for, as always, being the man of the hour when needed.