The Houston City Council in September approved an ordinance establishing the city’s first Houston Music Advisory Board. The ordinance is a significant step to help design strategy for municipal support of Houston musicians and its music industry. The HMAB will serve as a liaison between the music community and the City of Houston and help foster economic development of local musicians and the music industry.
The Houston Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs recognized the need to enhance a support system for local music. To achieve this, MOCA added Music and Cultural Tourism Officer Gracie Chavez to help create the ordinance and establish the advisory board to impact the city’s work.
The HMAB is made up of nine action-oriented members appointed by the Mayor Sylvester Turner and approved by City Council. The inaugural board represents the diversity, interests, and expertise of Houston’s music community.
The HMAB will hold regular public meetings to discuss key issues in advancing the local music industry and provide recommendations for improvement. The first listening session with the music community is scheduled for Oct. 25, 2022.