Texas Laws Helping Live Music Venues

The State of Texas has lead the way in leveraging its live music business, and it’s not all Austin a city that has branded itself the “Live Music Capitol of the World”.  There are bills introduced in the Texas legislature that incentivize venues to book more live music as well as supporting live sound and lights and all those who work hard to make the live show valuable.  This also includes capital expenditures on sound mitigation that helps residents who like to live near live music venues.

Because there’s no state income tax in Texas, these incentives are created through relief in the sales tax and alcoholic beverages tax.  If you live in Texas, please consider supporting these bills by calling your State representative and senator–you can find them at http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/ and fill in the blanks in the “who represents me” fields.

The bills are:

Senate Bill 1179, introduced by Sen. Deuell
relating to a reduction in the mixed beverage tax for certain venues that present live music; authorizing a fee.
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=SB1179

Senate Bill 1498, introduced by Sen. Deuell
relating to a sales tax exemption for certain items sold to or used by certain venues that present live music.
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=SB1498

House Bill 3095, introduced by Rep. Strama (which combines SB 1498 and SB 1179)
relating to a reduction in the mixed beverage tax for certain venues that present live music; authorizing a fee.
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB3095

Live music is the backbone of our music economies and probably produces a much greater contribution to your local economy than you realize.

If you don’t live in Texas, take a look at these bills and see if they’d be a fit for your state.

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  1. Chris: on the subject of Texas laws, I heard yesterday a little bit about what I think is HB 1043 sponsored by the Texas Association of Broadcasters. I know very little about it. Can you provide your thoughts?

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