State of the Texas Music Industry

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March 2013

contact: Casey Monahan 512.463.6666 music [at]

  # Businesses # Employees
Texas music businesses 8,901 57,370
Industry services 2,852 15,171
Nightclubs, dancehalls and other venues 2,015 17,766
Publishing companies 249916
Record production, distribution and sales 1,308 5,747
Recording services 1,9419,776
Texas recording studios 7872,813
Record labels 555 1,997
Touring services 1,825 17,101
Organizations, Associations, and Unions 467 7,584
Texas radio stations 954 10,929
Texas classical and performing arts groups 29224,162
Texas colleges and universities offering music courses (22,483 total students) 1373,078
Working musicians  33,354
Texas music teachers
(source: Texas Education Agency, Texas Music Educators Assn.; approximate)
Songwriters (ASCAP, BMI and SESAC; approximate)   10,000

Texas Music Events Calendar  
Events: 575 Annual attendance: 23,623,635 Annual budget: $87,493,211

Recent notable Texas recording artists
(999 of which have national distribution):
Explosions in the Sky (Austin) Hayes Carll (Houston) Ryan Bingham (Austin)
Pinata Protest (San Antonio) Calhoun (Fort Worth) Josh Abbott Band (Lubbock )
Miranda Lambert (Lindale) Wheeler Brothers (Austin) The Sword (Austin)
Ghostland Observatory (Austin) Rodney Parker (Dallas) Midlake (Denton)
Mike Jones (Houston) Sideshow Tramps (Houston) Jonathan Tyler (Dallas)
Wade Bowen (New Braunfels) Sarah Jaffe (Dallas) Neon Indian (Dallas)
Band Of Heathens (Austin) Gary Clark, Jr. (Austin) Okkervil River (Austin)
Sarah Jarosz (Wimberley) RTB2 (Dallas) Randy Rogers (Austin)
Lukas Nelson (Austin) Paul Wall (Houston) St. Vincent (Dallas)
Patty Griffin (Austin) Robert Ellis (Houston) Whiskey Folk Ramblers (Fort Worth)
Based on informal survey of Texas retailers and distributors.

Number of listings in Texas Music Industry Directory /
1991 first edition 1,160
1992 second edition 3,259
1993 third edition 4,437
1994 fourth edition 4,974
1995 fifth edition 6,422
1996 sixth edition 7,575
1997 seventh edition 8,072
1998 eighth edition 9,433
1999 ninth edition 10,152
2000 tenth edition 11,133
2001 eleventh edition 11,818
2002 twelfth edition 13,034
2003 thirteenth edition 13,587
2004 fourteenth edition 14,573
2005 fifteenth edition14,830
2006 sixteenth edition15,278
2007 online edition15,461
2008 online edition15,962
2009 online edition16,791
2010 online edition17,141
2011 online edition18,243

-compiled by Stephen Ray, Marc Fort, Casey Monahan, Collin Brown, Jacob Bryant, and Marshall Lowry, Texas Music Office, Governor's Office

For further information see the U.S. Census Bureau's Nonemployer Statistics - Arts Entertainment, and Recreation in Texas.

Nonemployer Statistics summarizes the number of establishments and sales or receipts of businesses without paid employees that are subject to federal income tax. Most nonemployers are self-employed individuals operating very small unincorporated businesses, which may or may not be the owner’s principal source of income.