2022 Inaugural Houston Music Advisory Board Members
(l-r) Lupe Olivares, Dr. Anne Lundy, Chair Jason Woods, Ericka De Leon, Jason Kane, Henry (G-Dash) Guidry, Tracy DeJarnett,
Music Officer Gracie Chavez, Vice-Chair Mark Austin, Jagi Kaital, Eric Jimenez. Photo by Marco Torres

With such significance to who Houston is, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) recognized the need to establish an advisory board to impact and influence the City’s work. Established in 2022, the Houston Music Advisory Board (HMAB) is made up of nine (9) action-oriented members.

Appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council, the board represents the diversity, interests, and expertise of Houston’s music community.

The following music industry stakeholders are appointed to the current 2023 Music Board:


  • Chair: Jason Woods (Flash Gordon Parks), Mo Better Brews
  • Vice-Chair: Mark Austin, Houston Music Foundation
  • Secretary: Tracy DeJarnett, SongFest
  • Treasurer: Dria Thornton, FrontRunnaz Ent.


  • Anna Garza, Girls Rock Camp Houston
  • Henry Guidry, SwishaHouse
  • Jagi Kaital, White Oak Music Hall
  • Jason Kane, Houston Rodeo
  • Dria Thornton, Dria LLC (2024)

Alternates: Marissa Saenz, Michael (Frost) Moore, Lupe Olivares

Dr. Anne Lundy (2022-2023), Community Music Center of Houston,
Scott Joplin Houston Orchestra
Eric Jimenez (2022-2023), Former Board Secretary, Prairie View A&M University


To achieve this work of advancing Houston’s music industry and support cultural tourism, established musician and community advocate Gracie Chavez joined MOCA as the City’s first Music + Cultural Tourism Officer in 2022.

That same year, she devised the concept of a music board and drafted the city ordinance to establish Houston’s Music Advisory Board, which City Council unanimously approved. The Music Board reports to and provides music industry recommendations to the Music Officer.

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The Houston Music Advisory Board creates opportunities and fosters the economic development of our music industry. To advance our music community, activities will be developed that shape event programming and workshops.

We need the help of reliable, dedicated people to make our community events happen for the benefit our music industry.

2022 Inaugural Listening Session with Houston Music Advisory Board