Get ready to strum your guitars and dust off those cowboy boots, Hidalgo, because you're about to get a whole lot more musical. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has teamed up with the City of Hidalgo and the Hidalgo Economic Development Corporation to announce a toe-tapping virtual workshop designed to boost the local music scene. The workshop, part of the Texas Music Office's (TMO) Music Friendly Texas Community program, is set to take place on December 5, according to an official statement from the Governor's office.
Putting a spotlight on their deep-rooted love for tunes and rhythm, Governor Abbott was all praise for the Texan musical heritage, saying, "Music is key to the Texas brand and to our local economies,” and acknowledging the hefty contribution of music to the state’s economy—an impressive tune to the tune of more than $26 billion last year, as per the official statement from the Governor's office.
It's not just about the jingle-jangle of economic benefit, though. This workshop invites Hidalgo to join the prestigious band of Music Friendly Texas-certified communities—a list already serenaded by 53 other cities. The certification is no mere round of applause; it's a business card to the music industry, signaling that Hidalgo is ready to rock as a hotbed for music growth.
Now, let’s face the music: this isn't just another bureaucratic waltz. Participation in TMO’s Music Friendly Texas program is a strategic move for local economies looking to amplify their tune—especially considering it's been setting the rhythm since 2016.