League City is increasingly becoming a hub for hosting live music events, and now the city is striving to obtain an official 'music-friendly' designation from the state.

The gist

Between introducing Saturday Jazz Night events at League Park in 2024, to the upcoming White Linen Night: An Art Affair on June 8, as well as the League City Folk Association’s monthly “Music in the Historic District,” League City is seeking to make a name for itself as a gathering place for live music.

Now, the city is pursuing official recognition for those efforts by becoming certified through the Music Friendly Texas program, according to a May 10 news release from the city.

Launched in 2016 by the Texas Music Office, the Music Friendly Texas program provides Texas communities with a network for fostering music industry development and connects musicians with communities that have prioritized attracting and developing its local music industry, according to the Texas Music Office’s website.

Quote of note

Gov. Greg Abbott said that once certified, League City will join 60 other Texas cities that have achieved the designation, according to a May 7 news release.

"Music is key to the Texas brand and to our local economies,” Abbott said in the release. "I thank the Texas Music Office for helping communities large and small develop creative partnerships and grow new jobs.”

Abbott said the Texas music industry:
  • Accounts for more than 192,000 direct and indirect permanent jobs
  • Generates more than $26 billion in annual revenue
Stay tuned

The city and the Texas Music Office will host the workshop on May 14 at 6 p.m. at the Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center, 400 W. Walker St., League City, to discuss growing the city's live music scene. Those wishing to attend virtually can do so via Microsoft Teams here.

One more thing

Community Impact reported that neighboring Clear Lake became a Music Friendly Texas Certified Community in October 2023 and was the first Bay Area community to do so.