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Texas Governor Rick Perry:

An Inventory of Texas Music Office Records at the Texas State Archives, 1985-2015, undated, bulk 1993-2012

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Texas Music Office

Creator:  Texas. Governor (2000-2015 : Perry)
Title:  Texas Music Office records
Dates:  1985-2015, undated, bulk 1993-2012
Abstract:  The Texas Music Office (TMO) of the Texas Governor’s Office is a state-funded business promotion office and information clearinghouse for the Texas music industry. These records document the TMO’s activities primarily during the terms of office of governors George W. Bush (1995-2000) and Rick Perry (2000-2015), but also include a small amount of materials from the terms of Ann Richards, Bill Clements, and Mark White. Dates range from 1985 to 2015 and undated, with the bulk dating 1993-2012. Records in this series involve both analog and electronic record types including incoming and outgoing correspondence, memoranda, reports, presentations, speeches, invitations, drafts, meeting minutes, spreadsheets, organization charts, press releases, notes, clippings, floppy discs, audiocassettes, compact discs, DVDs, and videocassettes.
Quantity:  23 cubic ft. and 2.4 GB (2,148 files)
Language:  These materials are written predominately in English with scattered Spanish.
Repository:  Texas State Archives

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Other Finding Aids

A description of non-electronic records described in this finding aid are available at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/tslac/60015/tsl-60015.html.


Organization of the Records

The records are organized into 12 series and five subseries: . The following series are available in the Texas Digital Archive:


Agency History

The Texas Music Office (TMO) promotes the development of the music industry of Texas. Among the services the TMO provides is acting as a clearing house for industry information, making referrals to Texas music businesses, talent and events, liaising between the Texas music community and state government agencies, and the publication of significant events within the industry. The TMO regularly releases a number of instructional and informational resources towards these ends, including the encyclopedia Handbook of Texas Music and the industry primer Getting Started In The Music Business. The TMO also promotes Texas music at a number of annual industry events, especially the South by Southwest festival, during which it stages the Capitol Salute to Texas Music for state legislators and industry notables.

The TMO was founded in 1985 as the Texas Music Commission by act of Legislature (Senate Bill 140, 69th Texas Legislature, Regular Session). The TMC was a nine-member advisory board appointed by the Governor that held hearings for and issued annual reports to the Legislature regarding the production and development of the Texas music industry. The Commission was replaced in 1990 by the TMO, which was established as a sister office to the Texas Film Commission. The TMO officially opened January 20, 1990 with the newly-hired Casey J. Monahan as director. The TMO moved from the Texas Department of Commerce’s Business Development Division to the Office of the Governor after Ann Richards became governor in 1991. Monahan would remain the head of TMO until the end of Perry’s term of office in 2015.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition (2001); http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Publications/WFSummaries/WorkforceAnalysis/2014/301-2014.pdf, accessed on August 3, 2015; the Texas Governor’s Office website during Governor Perry’s term, accessed via the TRAIL Web Archive on January 29, 2016; and the contents of the records themselves.)


Casey J. Monahan Biographical Sketch

Casey Monahan is a Texas-born musician, writer and photographer who was director of the Texas Music Office from 1990 to 2015. Raised in Houston, Monahan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in May 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Government. Monahan was a music writer and research analyst for the Austin American-Statesman from 1985 to 1990. In his capacity as a journalist, Monahan wrote hundreds of articles on country, folk, rock & roll and music business, and photographed over 400 performances for publication. In addition to his work with the Statesman, Monahan’s articles and/or photographs have appeared in Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Rolling Stone, Music Library Association Notes, the New York Times, Pulse!, Texas Monthly, Southwest Spirit, Third Coast, the Dallas Morning News, and the Austin Chronicle.

While he was TMO director, Monahan remained active in the Texas music community in a number of other roles. He has been a board member for the Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Texas Travel Industry Association, and Austin Music Foundation. He has also produced musical releases by Rick Broussard, Roky Erickson, and Junior Brown. Monahan is an adjunct professor of Commercial Music at Austin Community College, where he has taught survey classes on the state of the music business.

(Sources include: the Texas Music Office website during Governor Perry’s term, accessed via the TRAIL Web Archive on January 29, 2016.)


Scope and Content of the Records

The Texas Music Office (TMO) of the Texas Governor’s Office is a state-funded business promotion office and information clearinghouse for the Texas music industry. These records document the TMO’s activities primarily during the terms of office of governors George W. Bush (1995-2000) and Rick Perry (2000-2015), but also include a small amount of materials from the terms of Ann Richards, Bill Clements, and Mark White. Dates range from 1985 to 2015 and undated, with the bulk dating 1993-2012. Records in this series involve both analog and electronic record types including incoming and outgoing correspondence, memoranda, reports, presentations, speeches, invitations, drafts, meeting minutes, spreadsheets, organization charts, press releases, notes, clippings, floppy discs, audiocassettes, compact discs, DVDs, and videocassettes.

Publication development files document the process of conceiving, cultivating, and writing a number of TMO-published informational resources, including the Texas Music Industry Directory, The Texas Recording and Production Guide, and The Musicians and Retailers Guide to the Internet, dating 1993-2007, undated. Proposed legislation documents the development and advocacy of several legislative initiatives pertaining to TMO interests, such as facility upgrade incentives, mixed beverage taxes, a prospective Texas State Music History Museum, and various legislation related to the Texas recorded and live music industries, dating 1990-2014, undated. Project files comprise several subseries of general files, including general incoming correspondence, subject files, files documenting the attendance or sponsorship of industry events such as the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference or the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the personal files of director Casey Monahan and publications coordinator Marc Fort. Also included is a collection of audiocassette, compact disc, and CD-ROM recordings of music submitted to the TMO by musicians, musician representatives, and record companies for promotional purposes. The series dates 1985-2015, undated.

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Restrictions and Requirements

Restrictions on Access
Physical materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, home address and phone numbers of government employees or officials and personal family information (Texas Government Code, Sections 552.117 and 552.1175); home e-mail addresses (Texas Government Code, Section 552.137); and other information protected under common law privacy (Texas Government Code, Section 552.101), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research.

The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (director.librarian@tsl.texas.gov), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.texas.gov/agency/customer/pia.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released.

The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records. This restrictions apply to the series Publication development files and Project files.

Types of restricted information as listed above apply to paper and electronic records. Some electronic records will not be available through our portal due to such restrictions. Please see Archives staff for further information.

Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

A large portion of the materials in subseries Project files, Music media have been formally copyrighted by their creator, and researchers must comply as such. The remainder of the materials are demo recordings that were produced under informal circumstances and sent to the TMO. These recordings may not be under copyright, though the researcher is strongly advised to contact the creator to determine the legal status of their work.

Technical Requirements
Researchers wishing to access videocassettes, audiocassettes, CDs, CD-ROMs, or floppy discs must contact Archives staff to obtain the necessary equipment. The Archives may not have the correct audio-visual equipment to access U-matic videocassettes. Please contact Archives staff for more information.


The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Austin History Center
Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau Records, 1874-2005, bulk 1970-1998, 8.5 linear ft.
Texas State Archives
Governor George W. Bush Texas Film Commission records, 1995-2000, undated, bulk 1999-2000, 0.8 cubic ft. [These records are located at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, Texas.]
Governor Rick Perry Press Office media files, 1972, 1998-2015, undated, bulk 2008-2012, 2.7 cubic ft. and 6.4 TB (321,410 files)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Music Office records, Texas Governor Rick Perry records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2015/067, 2015/117

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of the Governor on December 19, 2014 thru March 2015. Electronic records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of the Governor on January 29, 2015.

Processing Information
Processed by Jonathan King, December 2015

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