When news broke recently that Casey Monahan had been forced out as the director of the Texas Music Office, a swift and massive outrcry began among those of us who support, create and cherish the arts in this state. For good reason. Monahan has overseen an explosion of musical innovation in the 25 years he has been at his post. Since the inception of such an office. The reason for his ouster is hard to ascertain despite shake-ups being rather common post election cycle. He has faithfully served administrations of both major parties and withstood wide-ranging budget cuts and office demands over his three decades in state office leadership. This non-partisan position is responsible for a great deal of revenue within our borders. The promotion of our music both contemporarily and historically is of great visage and importance. Nobody has had a bigger hand in shaping the Texas Music business model into the behemoth it has become.
News on a successor has been hard to come by. Political rumblings have thrown out rumors but no viable names as of yet. Whoever takes on this role will be held to a high standard. He or she will be facing a mountain of work greater than he/she most likely anticipates. This positions requires a person that can be patient with all audiences but push the right buttons when need be. It’s a behind the scenes job with top-line billing pressure. The music industry at large is in a very precarious stage. The spotlight in Texas is even brighter due to our outstanding financial successes as an industry unto ourselves. Here’s to hoping whoever takes Casey Monahan’s place does half as good of a job as he’s done the past quarter century.