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Texas Music Office Announces Live Music Grant Program

The Texas Music Office, a division of the Office of the Governor, today announced the creation of the Live Music Grant Program, which will fund free, live-music concerts across the state. The program is made possible by a settlement from the Compact Disc Minimum Advertised Price Antitrust litigation and does not utilize taxpayer dollars.

Grant applicants must partner with a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization or a city or county government office willing to pay the upfront cost of the concert. The nonprofit or city/county government organization will then be reimbursed by the Texas Music Office once the grant is approved.

More than $173,000 is available for the program as a result of a settlement from the Compact Disc Minimum Advertised Price Antitrust litigation. The maximum grant amount per concert is $1,500 and grants will be awarded until all the funds have been distributed. No taxpayer dollars will be used to fund these grants.

Texas Music Office also operates the Specialty License Plate program, which awards funds to in-need school children for music lessons or music instruments purchased from a Texas retailer. To date, this program has provided $63,000 to Texas schools.

For more information on the Compact Disc Minimum Advertised Price Antitrust litigation, please visit https://www.oag.state.tx.us/newspubs/newsarchive/2002/20020930pricefixing.htm.

To apply for a Live Music Grant, or for more information about the program, please visit https://www.governor.state.tx.us/music/live_music_grant, or call (512) 463-6666.

To purchase a Texas Music License Plate, please visit https://www.governor.state.tx.us/music/plate/main.

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