DALLAS – The Dallas Film & Creative Industries office today announces that Dallas, having completed the multi-step certification process, has been designated as a Music Friendly Community by the Texas Music Office (TMO). The Music Friendly Community program seeks to foster music business-related economic development in Texas cities and communities.
“We’re proud to earn this distinction acknowledging what we’ve known about Dallas for a long time; it’s a city of deep and diverse musical history that has birthed a wide array of amazing musical talent,” said VisitDallas President and CEO Craig T. Davis, which oversees the Dallas Film & Creative Industries Office.
Participation in the Music Friendly Community program provides Dallas with a network for fostering music industry development and sends a clear message to industry professionals that the city is serious about attracting and developing music industry growth.
“The Texas Music Office is incredibly proud to certify Dallas as our 29th Music Friendly Community partner,” said TMO Director Brendon Anthony. “We look forward to working with their liaison, their advisory board, and their community stakeholders to support and grow Dallas’ local music economy.”
The designation is the culmination of a collaborative effort led by the Dallas Film & Creative Industries Office and leaders in the Dallas music community. The TMO will present the Music Friendly Community designation to Mayor Eric Johnson at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at The Kessler Theater during a certification ceremony in partnership with the Dallas Film & Creative Industries Office.
The Dallas Film & Creative Industries Office (formerly known as the Dallas Film Commission) also introduces a transition to their new name, which now encompasses music and other creative industries, in addition to film. The announcement is complimented by the launch of a new website – DallasCreates.org – and resources for Dallas creatives and industry professionals.
“Our new name and expansion of the office will help promote Dallas synergistically as an integrated creative city,” said Janis Burklund, Director and Film Commissioner of the Dallas Film & Creative Industries Office. “All aspects of the creative industries touch each other: Books are written locally that are turned into films and shows; music is used in film, television and commercials; and film and video is used to make music videos. Add in photography, animation, games and special effects and it’s clear that our industry is transitioning due to technology and changing times. In order to properly sell the city, we should, too.”
“The Dallas Film & Creative Industries Office has put forth a lot of effort to earn this music distinction and has worked tirelessly on a new website and expanding its expertise to ensure Dallas is putting its best foot forward as we advocate and support musical artists and industry professionals,” said Davis.
Janis Burklund, CFC
Director & Film Commissioner
Dallas Film & Creative Industries Office
About the Dallas Film & Creative Industries Office
The Dallas Film & Creative Industries Office, formerly known as the Dallas Film Commission, serves as the city’s official film commission, music office and creative industries resource. A division of VisitDallas, the office is responsible for marketing and promoting Dallas as a hub for creators and the creative industries, including film, music, photography, gaming and more. DallasCreates.org