State of the Texas Music Industry

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April 2014

contact: Casey Monahan 512.463.6666 music [at]

  # Businesses # Employees
Texas music businesses 9,131 59,528
Industry services 2,852 15,171
Nightclubs, dancehalls and other venues 2,474 18,496
Publishing companies 2371,260
Record production, distribution and sales 1,124 4,078
Recording services 2,0189,819
Texas recording studios 8793,274
Record labels 532 2,445
Touring services 1,854 19,043
Organizations, Associations, and Unions 292 6,796
Texas radio stations 968 10,964
Texas classical and performing arts groups 28719,718
Texas colleges and universities offering music courses (21,652 total students) 1413,024
Working musicians  30,948
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: 430 Annual attendance: 17,128,123 Annual budget: $55,626,990

Recent notable Texas recording artists
Kasey Musgraves (Mineola) Hayes Carll (Houston) Ryan Bingham (Austin)
Randy Rogers (Austin) Granger Smith (College Station) Josh Abbott Band (Lubbock )
Miranda Lambert (Lindale) Wheeler Brothers (Austin) The Sword (Austin)
Green River Ordinance (Fort Worth) Rodney Parker (Dallas) Midlake (Denton)
Dawn and Hawkes (Austin) Austin Mahone (San Antonio) 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) Solange (Houston) Randy Rogers (Austin)
Lukas Nelson (Austin) Paul Wall (Houston) St. Vincent (Dallas)
Patty Griffin (Austin) Robert Ellis (Houston) Whiskey Meyers (Tyler)
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
2012 online edition17,686
2013 online edition17,875
2014 online edition18,181

-compiled by Stephen Ray, Marc Fort, Casey Monahan, 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.