Governor Abbott Announces Lufkin Designated Music Friendly Texas Certified Community


Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the City of Lufkin, having completed the multi-step certification process, has been designated a Music Friendly Texas Certified Community by the Texas Music Office (TMO). The Music Friendly Texas program, the first in the nation since introduced by TMO in 2016, seeks to foster music business-related economic development and job creation in Texas cities and communities. 

“I congratulate the City of Lufkin on earning the Music Friendly Texas Certified Community designation,” said Governor Abbott. “Music is key to the Texas brand and is deeply rooted in the cultural traditions of our great state. Music Friendly Texas Communities certified by the Texas Music Office work hard to attract and develop the local music industry to boost local job creation and economic growth. In fact, with support from the Texas Music Office, the Texas music industry accounted for more than 192,000 direct and indirect permanent jobs and generated more than $26 billion in economic activity statewide last year. Together, we will continue to work alongside local leaders in Lufkin and across every region of our state to ensure our communities have the tools needed to create even greater opportunity.”

“The prestigious designation as a Music Friendly Texas Community serves as a testament to this city’s embrace of community and culture,” said Representative Trent Ashby. “As a proud Lufkin resident, I have no doubt that this certification will help foster future growth and opportunity to benefit the people living in Lufkin and the surrounding region.”

“Lufkin has a thriving music culture, and we hope to increase growth by now being certified as a Music Friendly Texas Community,” said Visit Lufkin Director Tara Hendrix. “Participation in the Music Friendly Texas program provides us with an invaluable network and sends a clear message to industry professionals that Lufkin is serious about attracting and developing music industry growth.”

“The Music Friendly Texas Community designation helps to open the door for our community, letting musicians and visitors alike know that Lufkin is a music-friendly destination,” said Lufkin Creative Head Coordinator Natalie Howard. “We look forward to increased creative collaboration with other Music Friendly Texas Communities in the surrounding area.”

“The Music Friendly Texas Community designation will put more of a spotlight on our thriving and growing music scene here in Lufkin,” said Lufkin Music Friendly Chair Joe Cuellar. “That includes the deep pool of talent that we have in the Lufkin area and the awesome venues that host live music in our great city of Lufkin. It also helps us network with all of the Texas Music Friendly Communities.”

The Music Friendly Texas Community Certification Ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 14, as part of the Texas State Forest Festival. TMO Community Relations & Outreach Specialist Chip Adams will present the designation. The event is free and open to the public.

Lufkin Music Friendly Texas Community Certification Ceremony

Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 PM

Texas State Forest Festival

George H Henderson Exposition Center – Swinging Axe Stage

1200 Ellen Trout Drive

Lufkin, TX 75904

More details:

Inquiries may be directed to Tara Hendrix, Director of Tourism & Marketing, Visit Lufkin, 936-633-0349,

Lufkin becomes the 45th Music Friendly Texas Certified Community. Learn more about the Music Friendly Texas program: 

Lee Miller
Lee Miller was born in Denison, TX and grew up in East Texas with his family. He studied music education at Stephen F. Austin State University taking a job in television on his last day of student teaching. Lee also provides business authoritative expertise to the broadcast industry as a consultant. Presently he is CEO of MSG Resources LLC, which specializes in consulting within broadcast best practices, distribution technologies and media strategy mastery. - - - - - Lee Miller is a well-known veteran of the broadcast media industry with particular experience in leading for-profit and non-profit broadcasting organizations. His career began in Lufkin, Texas in the early 80’s where he progressed from studio operations to creative services and network management. Mr. Miller has since received various professional designations and memberships such as Society of Broadcast Engineers accredited frequency coordinator, The Energy Professionals Association Certified Energy Consultant, and National Religious Broadcasters Television Committee & past Chair. Lee also serves as the Executive Director of the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance, is a member of the Advanced Television Systems Committee and is proud to be part of Texas Association of Broadcasters Golden Mic Club, highlighting extraordinary careers in broadcasting. Continued engagement with his community is at the core of his business practices serving on the board of the Salvation Army and as keyboardist for the contemporary worship band at Harmony Hill Baptist Church. Lee lives near Lufkin Texas on one of his family’s tree farms located in the Texas Forest Country region north of Houston. He is married to Kenla and has two grown children, Joshua, COO of MSGPR Ltd Co and Morgan, a Critical Care ICU RN.

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