Music Commission

Music Commission

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As a certified Music Friendly Community through the Texas Music Office, San Antonio is dedicated to the growth and development of its talented and diverse local music industry.

San ANtonio Music Guide

San Antonio is home to experienced and talented musicians, music businesses and music resources – and the San Antonio Music Guide is your resource for connecting with them easily. 

  • San Antonio Music Guide - Search our San Antonio Music Guide today! Please note: The online guide is a reference; no endorsement or quality judgment is implied by the San Antonio Music Commission.

Do you need to register your music business, band, or yourself in the San Antonio Music Guide?

Venue and Studio Map

Our Cultural Interactive Map provides a view of music venues, studios and other arts and cultural locations in San Antonio. If you have any recommendations for other Arts and Cultural locations we have not included here, please send us an email at arts@sanantonio.gov or call us at 210. 206.ARTS (2787), and we will be happy to consider your suggestions.

Music Strategic Plan

In the fall of 2016, the Department of Arts & Culture, along with music industry stakeholders, began work on a study of the local music industry – including community feedback sessions, economic impact analysis, and a survey instrument. Using the study as a foundation, the Department of Arts & Culture, along with its Music Committee, is working to develop a Music Strategic Plan to help grow, develop and promote the local music industry as well as define the direction and role of a San Antonio Music Office.

A timeline of past and upcoming the music study and strategic planning efforts is detailed below:

  • August 13, 2018 – Music Committee meeting at 3:15 p.m. (Location TBD)
  • June 25, 2018 Music Strategic Plan Community Meeting at 6 p.m. at Brick at Blue Star (108 Blue Star, 78204)
    Click here to view the presentation.
  • June 11, 2018 – Music Committee meeting at 3:15 p.m. at Westfall Library (6111 Rosedale Ct, 78201) 
  • April 18, 2018 – Vision Statement subcommittee meets to finalize Strategic Plan Vision Statement 
  • April 9, 2018 – Music Committee held with a focus on a Visioning Statement session
  • March 30, 2018 – Strategic Planning Session held with Music Committee utilizing local facilitator Mary Flanagan with Strategy & Leadership LLC  
  • May – September 2017 – All information collected and finalized in the San Antonio Music Industry Study 
  • March – May 2017 – Survey closed with 228 surveys collected, community feedback session data analyzed, additional music industry experts interviewed, and inventory of music venues, studios and education offerings conducted
  • March 20, 2017 – The final community feedback session held at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center with 30 attendees 
  • February 27, 2017 – The second community feedback session with 45 attendees held at the Crown Room 
  • February 7, 2017 – The first of three community feedback session held at the Central Library with 60 attendees
  • January 2017 – SASG distributed an online survey to music industry participants in San Antonio
  • October 2016 – The Department of Arts & Culture began work with San Antonio Sound Garden (SASG) to develop a study of the music industry

Resources

Music News Coverage

  • Rivard Report, November 28, 2018, “Study Finds Healthy Music Scene in SA, But A Nashville or Austin?”
  • Rivard Report, November 30, 2018, “Workshop Brings SA Closer to Music Friendly Community Certification”
  • TPR, “January 16, 2018, “Is San Antonio A Music Friendly City?” 
  • Rivard Report, February 12, 2018, “Texas Music Office Designates SA As Music Friendly Community” 
  • Spectrum, February 12, 2018, “San Antonio Named a Music Friendly Community” 
  • WOAI Radio, February 12, 2018, “San Antonio Officially Named a Music Friendly Community” 
  • KSAT, February 12, 2018, “SA Named Music Friendly Community” 
  • Texas Standard, February 13, 2018, “San Antonio Earns Music Friendly Community Designation”

If you are member of the media looking to learn more about San Antonio’s music scene, please contact Krystal Jones, Music Commissioner, 210.207.6730.

City Council Local Music Spotlight Program Guidelines

The City Council Local Music Spotlight is a program administered by the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture and that features the music of local San Antonio artists at the beginning and during City Council meetings.

Applications for the City Council Local Music Spotlight program are accepted on a rolling basis.

Eligibility

  • Only San Antonio-based artists can apply.
  • Music must be original (in other words, you must have the legal authority to license the City of San Antonio to utilize the recording and composition for the City Council Local Music Spotlight program).
  • All genres qualify, including music in languages other than English and instrumental only.
  • Artists who participate in the City Council Local Music Spotlight program must comply with the City of San Antonio’s Non-Discrimination Policy. Music submitted must no stereotype or promote views and ideas which are likely to promote discrimination, contempt or hatred for any person on the basis of race,color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability, familial status, national origin or age.
  • Content of submitted work must follow Federal Communication Commission rules on obscene, indecent and profane content.

How It Works

  • By applying to City Council Local Music Spotlight program, an artist grants rights to the City of San Antonio to use the submitted music for the purpose of introducing and providing music during breaks during City Council Meetings. The City of San Antonio is limited to this exclusive use, while participating artists remain free to use the same music outside of program. By applying, an artist also confirms and verifies that he/she is the legal copyright/license holder of any and all music submitted and has the legal authority to grant  a license the City of San Antonio for its use.
  • City staff and the San Antonio Music Committee, a committee of the San Antonio Arts Commission, will select artists from the pool of submissions received.
  • Artist will be notified of selection.
  • City staff will select 30 – 45 seconds of the song to fit the City Council meeting intro and also select songs to include in potential session breaks.
  • Selected song will be featured for a specified length of time.
  • City reserves the right to remove the song from the Music Spotlight program at any time for any reason, without providing notice to the artist.

If Selected, When Will My Music Be Featured?

  • Selected artists will be notified of the timeframe in which their songs will be featured.
  • City Council “A session” meetings are held every Thursday at 9 a.m. in the City Council Chambers (first floor of the Municipal Plaza Building, located at 114 W. Commerce St.), except for the fourth week of month. “B session” meetings are held on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. On occasion, the Council may be called into a special meeting and/or may meet at locations other than City Hall  All meetings will be open to the public, in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act. In addition, meetings are broadcast on TVSA at Time Warner Cable 21; Grande Cable 20; AT&T U-verse 99; and online on the TVSA website. Featured music will appear on these outlets as well.

How To Apply

To be considered for the City Council Local Music Spotlight, complete the application form and email it exclusively to music@sanantonio.gov along with:

  • 1 to 2 photos (jpeg format, hi-res preferred for social media promotion)
  • 1 to 3 songs (must be in MP3, MP4 or WAV format)

Please directly attach application, photos and songs in an email to music@sanantonio.gov.

Thank you for your interest in sharing your music with the City of San Antonio. We are excited to showcase our city’s rich and diverse music scene!

About Us

Krystal Jones
Music Commissioner
210.207.6730

Maria Arredondo
Services Manager
210.207.6777

The Music Committee

A committee of the San Antonio Arts Commission, the Music Committee consists of individuals with expertise across the music industry. The responsibility of this advisory committee, which meets once every two months, includes assisting with the development of a Music Strategic Plan, participating in public meetings concerning the local music industry and beyond, and making reports at regular San Antonio Arts Commission meetings. The members of the Music Committee are:

  • Henry Brun, District 7 Arts Commission Representative and Committee Chair
  • Suhail Arastu, Mayoral Appointee on Arts Commission
  • Mark Rogers, District 10 Arts Commission Representative 
  • Carlos Alvarez 
  • Joan Carroll 
  • Julie Good 
  • Keith Harter 
  • Jon Johansen 
  • Faith Radle 
  • Stan Renard 
  • Edwin Stephens

Per the San Antonio Arts Commission bylaws, the Music Committee can comprise of up to 11 members. If you are interesting in volunteering your time and commitment to the San Antonio music industry by serving on the Music Committee the next time a position is available, please download the application, and email the completed form to Sonia Covarrubias. For questions, call 210.206.ARTS.

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