It's been long overdue, but El Paso has finally been designated as a Texas Music Friendly Community by the Texas Music Office in Austin.


After almost three years in the making, thanks to the efforts of the El Paso International Music Foundation and Veronica Castro, Director of Tourism Development for Destination El Paso, and other key background players, our city has been recognized and designated as a friendly music community.

On Friday, June 18th, Texas Music Office Community Relations & Outreach Specialist Chip Adams, along with El Paso Live, The El Paso International Music Foundation, and Mayor Oscar Leeser, made the official announcement at a press conference at Star City Studios.


From Khalid to Jim Ward of Sparta, El Paso is home to an abundance of talented musicians, including nationally recognized recording studios and music festivals that have shed a spotlight on our city.

The new music-friendly designation will now offer our city a new resource to help elevate our local musicians and the music scene in El Paso.

During Friday's press conference, Mayor Oscar Leeser said:

Music Friendly Communities are important in attracting and developing local music industry growth. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to add to the already significant music and production presence in the Sun City, and I am certain this will open the doors for more talent to rise up within our community.

El Paso now joins more than 20 other Texas cities that have received the official Music Friendly Community designation. Other cities include:


  • Abilene
  • Alpine
  • Arlington
  • Austin
  • Bastrop
  • Brenham
  • Conroe
  • Denison
  • Denton
  • Fort Worth
  • San Antonio
  • San Angelo
  • Stephenville
  • Lindale
  • Lubbock
  • Nacogdoches
  • New Braunfels
  • McKinney
  • Waco
  • Waxahachie
  • Victoria

Congrats to our city and a high-five to every person who has worked in tandem to get El Paso designated as a Music Friendly Community - job well done!

For more information on the El Paso Music Friendly Community, please contact Drew Mayer-Oakes at

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