Posted 300 days ago ago by Javier Flores (Arts)
Krystal Jones, San Antonio Music Commission, Department of Arts & Culture
Javier Flores, Department of Arts & Culture
Musicians to be Heard: San Antonio City Council Meetings to Soon Feature Local Music
Musicians Invited to Submit Original Songs for Consideration
SAN ANTONIO (July 25, 2018) – San Antonio City Council meetings will now have a soundtrack with the launch of the City Council Local Music Spotlight Program. The program, an initiative created by Mayor Ron Nirenberg as a way to further highlight San Antonio artists, will be administered by the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture and invites local artists to submit original songs to be featured at City Council meetings.
“San Antonio’s music scene is full of world-class talent in all genres of music,” Mayor Nirenberg said. “This program provides an opportunity for all citizens to hear the incredible music that their fellow residents create, and to continue San Antonio’s dedication to being a music-friendly community.”
Applications for the program will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed for selection by the San Antonio Arts Commission’s Music Committee. Guidelines and the application can be found on the “Get Plugged In” page of www.getcreativesanantonio.com/Music-Commission. Artists can submit up to three original songs to be considered for play during the following City Council meetings, which are held in the Municipal Plaza Building, including:
- “A session” meetings, held at 9 a.m. every Thursday, except the fourth week of the month
- “B session” meetings, held Wednesdays at 2 p.m., except the fourth week of the month
- Special City Council meetings (may be held at locations other than the Municipal Plaza Building)
The music also will be featured on TVSA and online at www.sanantonio.gov/TVSA, as all City Council meetings are broadcast on these outlets. TVSA is a government access channel granted to the City of San Antonio for the purpose of cablecasting government television programming. The City’s Government and Public Affairs Department manages the channel, which aims to help San Antonio residents better understand how their municipal government is working for them.
On the horizon, the Department of Arts & Culture will present a proposed Music Strategic Plan for adoption to the Music Committee, San Antonio Arts Commission and City Council Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee.
“The City Council Local Music Spotlight Program falls perfectly in line with the Department of Arts & Culture’s development of a Music Strategic Plan and subsequent Music Division,” said Henry Brun, musician, District 7 representative of the San Antonio Arts Commission, and the chair of its Music Committee. “Implementing music-friendly initiatives like this provides another avenue for musicians to gain support and experience from their hometown.”
To learn more about the Music Strategic Planning efforts, and to get registered on the department’s database of local music resources and musicians, visit www.getcreativesanantonio.com/Music-Commission.