COVER: Ray Wylie Hubbard, an elder statesman of the Texas music scene, performs during the Lone Star Music Awards at the former Texas Music Theater in April 2013. MERCURY FILE PHOTO by SANDRA EIDENBERG
by REEVE HAMILTON
AUSTIN — Since the Texas Music Office was established in 1990, the division housed in the Texas governor’s office has been run by Casey Monahan, a former music writer. After a quarter century, that’s about to change.In a phone interview, Monahan said that he was recently informed by a member of Gov.-elect Greg Abbott‘s transition team that he would not be kept in the $75,000-a-year post. His last day will be in February, he said. The news of his departure was first reported by the Austin American-Statesman.
The Texas Music Office was created with a legislative mandate to “promote the development of the music industry in the state by informing members of that industry and the public about the resources available in the state for music production.” The staff also serves as the liaison between the industry and state government.
The news of Monahan’s departure has drawn strong reactions from those in the music industry.
Monahan said he did not know if the incoming governor’s plans for the Texas Music Office extended beyond a leadership change. A spokesman for Abbott declined to comment on the situation.
Monahan said he did not know what his next gig would be, but added that it would probably be in the music industry — and, he added, hopefully in Texas.
REEVE HAMILTON reports for The Texas Tribune where this story was originally published. It is made available here through a news partnership between the Texas Tribune and the San Marcos Mercury.Email | Print