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Music media, 1985-2014, undated, bulk 2005-2012 5 cubic ft. (media)

Please note: These records may be restricted. See the restrictions statement on the main page for details on how to contact the archives for more information.

Restrictions on Use
A large portion of the materials in this subseries 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.

Scope and Content
The Texas Music Office of the Texas Governor’s Office is a state-funded business promotion office and information clearinghouse for the Texas music industry. Records consist of recordings of musical performances sent to the TMO, dating 1985-2014, undated, bulk 2005-2012. Types of records include audiocassettes, videocassettes, CDs, CD-ROMs, and DVDs. These items appear to have been sent to the TMO to introduce the music to staff, so that they might evaluate it and publicize it to producers, distributors, venue owners, and other members of the music industry. The videocassettes and DVDs are copies of televised programs or music-focused documentaries made by a number of groups including BBC Scotland, CNN, and PBS. Most were likely sent to the TMO for promotional purposes, though several of the videocassettes appear to be production-grade copies used for televised broadcast. The subseries Subject files and General correspondence within the series Project files may contain correspondence or reference materials about music or musicians featured.

The audiocassettes and compact discs are split into two categories: demo and promotional. Demos are items that appear to be home or small studio-recorded submissions sent to TMO by individual artists for the purposes of publicity, evaluation or securing representation or distribution. The materials have clearly non-professional packaging, and do not have recognizable copyright markings. The promotional category includes items that appear to have been sent out by distribution companies or professional musicians, and feature professional, mass-produced packaging that usually appears to be designed for retail sale. There are also clear copyright markings.

Videocassette, DVD, and CD-ROM records are arranged by format, then alphabetically by creator. Audiocassette and CD records are arranged by format, then by status as demo or promotional items, then alphabetically by creator.

Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Music media, Project files, 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

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.

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.

Inventory of the Music media

Please see the finding aid on TARO ( for details on how to access materials.

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