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2023 Fort Worth Music Festival & Conference

Fort Worth Music Festival & Conference at the Stockyards, a new music networking conference for aspiring agents, managers, promoters, and emerging local Texas-based artists, will take place across multiple venues at the Stockyards in Fort Worth, TX, from March 2 through March 4, 2023. The inaugural event includes panel discussions and keynote speakers featuring well-established and highly respected live music industry executives, networking opportunities, workshops, and live performances.

Produced by Live Nation, in partnership with Chef Tim Love and Larry Joe Taylor, the Fort Worth Music Festival & Conference at the Stockyards aims to generate awareness surrounding the Texas music scene while working to build an infrastructure where artists can establish and grow their career in Texas and beyond. The conference will unite music enthusiasts and provide rising artists with an overview on how to enter and establish themselves within the live music industry, while also serving as a showcase for up-and-coming Texas-based talent.

The conference will extend across several venues in the Stockyards, including Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall, Tannahill’s Tavern Lounge, White Elephant, Atico Restaurant and Lounge, Love Shack, The Barn at Hotel Drover, and more to be announced.

Event passes for the conference will go on sale beginning Friday, January 13 at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com. One pass will get attendees into all panel discussions, attend workshops with established artists, network with industry experts, and see new, emerging Texas-based talent in the heart of Fort Worth, TX.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:
Eddie Kolesel, Why & How Management
Artists Josh Abbott and Brendon Anthony of the Texas Music Office
Martha Taylor, Promoter and Attorney for LJT Festival
Artist Radney Foster
Artist and festival promoter Larry Joe Taylor and Quinn Donahue of C3 Presents
Henry Glasscock, booking agent from WME
Ray Johnston, former professional basketball player, cancer survivor, and now artist,
…and more to be added!

Artists scheduled to perform include: Mike Ryan, Kevin Fowler, Radney Foster, Graycie York, Josh Weathers, Gary P. Nunn, Michael Martin Murphey, Deryl Dodd, Prophets & Outlaws, The Tejas Brothers, Davin James, Max Stalling, Dave Perez, Tommy Alverson, Larry Joe Taylor, and more.

“Our vision is to celebrate the musical heritage and history of the Stockyards and to create an experience that unites this landmark district in the heart of Texas,” said Chef Tim Love. “The Stockyards is home to so many iconic venues, it couldn’t be a better time to showcase the destination through the lens of live music.”

“We are creating the Fort Worth Music Festival & Conference to serve as an infrastructure in Texas where aspiring managers, artists, promoters, and talent, or anyone who wants to enter the music business, can network with industry executives in a live music setting and gain insight,” said Larry Joe Taylor.

“Texas is a real hot bed for music and now we are seeing more & more artists from our state on the national stage,” said Anthony Nicolaidis, Market President, Live Nation. “This conference will be an opportunity for many who want to learn more about or establish themselves in the live music industry, and, Fort Worth and The Stockyards is the perfect backdrop for the conference - giving attendees a campus feel while also featuring so many great performance venues.”

The Fort Worth Music Festival & Conference at the Stockyards begins with a VIP Party at Tannahill’s on March 1, followed by three days of panels, workshops and performances from Thursday, March 2 through Saturday, March 4. A special acknowledgement of Texas Independence Day is planned for March 2.

Additional panel participants and moderators, as well as discussion topics and the full performance schedule will be announced shortly.

More information: https://www.fortworth.com/fwmf/