Pictured (from left) 2020 Chair of the Board Wes Studdard, City of New Braunfels Mayor Rusty Brockman, Texas State Senator Donna Campbell, City Councilmember Shane Hines, and CVB Chair Mary Jane Nalley.

Friday morning, October 30, 2020, city and state officials, Chamber staff and board members, local media and representatives of Gruene Historic District met for a special presentation in Gruene Hall, Texas' Oldest Dance Hall. New Braunfels, TX was officially deemed a “Music Friendly Community” in Texas by the office of Governor Greg Abbott.

In order to become a certified Music Friendly Community through the Texas Music Office, a community must follow a list of six certification steps to become eligible for the designation. Judy Young, Vice President of the New Braunfels Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) lead the way for this well-deserved recognition.

The history of music in New Braunfels dates back to its founding in the 1800’s when German settlers founded New Braunfels and brought along their love for music, songs and fellowship in the year 1845. By 1850 the first formal singing group was formed, soon after the formation of the annual singing festival “Sängerfest” in New Braunfels occurred.

Music is still a huge part of the New Braunfels community to this day with many local singer-songwriters who call New Braunfels home, to the oldest continuously operating music hall in Texas (Gruene Hall), to the longstanding tradition and history of music that New Braunfels has to offer.

Learn more about becoming a Music Friendly Community here: https://gov.texas.gov/music/page/music-friendly-communities

To support all of the creative talents we are privileged to enjoy in New Braunfels, the Convention and Visitors Bureau has a new initiative. Visit https://newbraunfelscreativecity.com/ to learn about the local artists here in New Braunfels.

Artists can load up their profiles by clicking at the bottom of the home page. Please contact Info@InNewBraunfels.com for more information.