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Concert Safety

Concert Safety Task Force Holds Fifth Meeting

Gov. Greg Abbott’s Texas Task Force on Concert Safety held its fifth meeting and third in-person meeting in San Antonio last week. Hosted by the Alamodome, the meeting brought together public safety and industry experts as well as expert contributors and local authorities to continue the discussion of best practices for concert safety. The task force held its last meeting at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service in Bryan on December 15 and its first in-person meeting in Arlington on December 10.

Texas Music Office director Brendon Anthony led the round table discussion, bringing local area law enforcement, venue operators and members of the live music industry together to discuss progress made on developing formal recommendations and strategies so far. Conversations included the mass gathering permit process, noting that there is a potential need to assist counties in drafting such a document in areas where one is not currently in place. Venues expressed the importance of actively engaging with promoters, and breaking down the challenges and processes of shutting down an event that is in progress. Further discussion pertained to crowd management, event safety and emergency response.

Abbott launched the task force on November 10 in response to the tragedy at Astroworld Festival in Houston that killed 10 concertgoers and injured more than 300. The task force is being led by Anthony along with safety experts, law enforcement, fire fighters, state agencies and music industry leaders.

The task force is holding these meetings to analyze concert safety and develop ways to enhance security at live music events in Texas. Following these meetings, the task force will produce a report of recommendations and strategies to ensure concert safety and protect concertgoers.

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Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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