When Tyler receives the Music-Friendly City designation from the state of Texas, it will be validation of what everyone who has stepped out on the town here already knows: Tyler’s live music scene rivals that of much larger cities.
Audiences are treated to country, blues, jazz, indie singer-songwriters, rock ’n’ roll, hip-hop, punk, Tejano and classical. Musicians ranging from Tyler’s long playlist of homegrown talent to well-known recording stars take to stages in venues small and large.
The thriving music scene also benefits Tyler’s economy. The Texas Music Office notes that the music industry’s economic value is quite substantial: In 2017, it generated more than $19 billion, including more than 178,000 jobs around the state. Tyler residents support the businesses behind the music scene — the venues, recording studios, merchandising companies and music shops – as well as provide an exuberant fan base for the musicians.