Stephenville is poised to receive an important designation next week when the state’s Texas Music Office certifies the city as “Texas Music Friendly.”

The designation will be made official on Tuesday, Nov. 13, during a celebration from 6-8 p.m. at Twisted J. The public is invited to attend the free event.

Stephenville is only the sixth city in Texas to receive the honor. 

Performing that evening will be Pearl Street Combo, with an open jam following the ceremony featuring other local musicians. 

A press release from the governor’s office states that participation in the program provides the city 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. 

Other cities who have received this prestigious certification are Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Denton and Lindale. Other cities that are currently working through the certification process are Dallas, Corpus Christi and Lubbock. 

“The Texas Music Office believes that it is essential to the well-being of our statewide music industry that we become a more interconnected and organized community, “said Brendon Anthony, director of the Texas Music Office. “Every city in Texas has its own identity and contribution to our unique industry landscape. We want to work with all of them to help grow their local music industry economies. It is our firm belief that by sharing information about industry successes, as well as missteps, we will make Texas a more productive and profitable music industry and a more strategically-placed player in the international music industry landscape.”

Mayor Doug Svien says the designation is important to the city.

“Stephenville recognizes that music is a key driver to our community’s economic development,” Svein said. “Music attracts thousands of visitors to our community each year, and is at the top of our community’s quality-of-life assets.” 

Stephenville is no stranger to the music industry. For almost 40 years, Stephenville has been home to Tarleton State University’s Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center, and the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council. 

For over 30 years, visitors have flocked to Melody Mountain Ranch for the Larry Joe Taylor Music Festival. The Birdsong Amphitheater has hosted live music under the stars for over 17 years, and Larry Joe Taylor’s Fall Fest has drawn music lovers for 13 years. 

The city’s newest venue, Twisted J Live, has already attracted thousands of guests to the state-of-the-art facility since opening in January.