Music Friendly Denton
Certified Since 2018
Participation in the Texas Music Office's "Music Friendly Community" program provides Texas communities with a network for fostering music industry development and sends a clear message to industry professionals that certified communities are serious about attracting and developing music industry growth. Denton is one of those communities and in February 2018, was the third city in Texas to be certified as Music Friendly.
With numerous music venues within walking distance of Denton’s vibrant downtown Square, Denton’s ambiance - day and night transpire independent expressions through music and art.
Denton’s creative and intelligent wealth is fueled by two 100+-year-old universities, the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University, which attract musicians and artisans of all mediums to become part of the Denton community. The University of North Texas College of Music is the choice of more than 1,500 music majors from nations worldwide, the largest number of music majors of any university in the United States.
If you are looking for a live show, check out the Discover Denton Events Calendar.
Music Friendly Denton has an industry list of contacts in Denton. If you would like to be added to this list, please email Christina Davis.
Texas Music Industry Directory
Connect with more than 100 different music industry professions, searching by region, including: commercial music business, music education, music industry services (attorneys, music publishers, music non-profits), media covering the music industry, music video production, and many more.
Want to make the Music Industry Your Career?
The Music Business Guides page covers everything from Available Sales and Use Tax Exemptions to Misappropriation and Right of Publicity, and even Starting a Record Label. Each topic has valuable, straight forward information that includes resources where applicable.
Economic Impact Study
In 2015, the Texas Music Office commissioned the first of a series of studies on the impact of the music business on the Texas economy. In 2021, the Texas Music Office continued its work with Jon Hockenyos and his team of economists at TXP, Inc. to update the original study.
Music Venue Alliance of Texas
Music Venue Alliance – Texas (MVA) was created to be a unified voice for the more than 800 small to midsize live music venues in Texas. Because we are much stronger together than we are apart. During the pandemic, MVA championed the Save Our Stages Act to support shuttered venues in Texas.
Visit MVA of Texas online.
DMAC – Denton Music and Arts Collaborative
DMAC provides healthcare subsidies to Denton musicians and artists to enable them to thrive in Denton. Visit their website to see if you qualify for assistance or if you're ready to support local artists.
Visit DMAC online.
Denton Arts Walk of Fame
Denton’s music scene launched the careers of internationally acclaimed music artists, including Don Henley, Norah Jones, Pat Boone, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Lou Marini, Roy Orbison, Midlake, Steven Fromholz, and many more. In addition, Denton is the hometown of two-time Grammy Award-winning band Brave Combo, six-time Grammy Award-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, and hundreds of bands of myriad genres recording under independent labels at more than a dozen independent recording studios.
The nationally renowned Denton Arts & Jazz Festival is just one of the many festivals in Denton that showcases the musical talent found in our community. Discover for yourself why Denton was certified as a Music Friendly Community by the State of Texas Music Office, by joining us at a special event, live music performance, or while visiting our historic Downtown.
Find out more about famous Dentonites on the Denton Ars Walk of Fame.