Governor Abbott’s Texas Concert Safety Task Force Hold Second In-Person Meeting in Bryan | Texas Office of Music | Texas Governor’s Office

December 15, 2021 | News | Bulletin | Press release

Governor Greg Abbott’s Task Force on Concert Safety in Texas yesterday held their fourth meeting and second face-to-face meeting in Bryan. Hosted by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), public safety and industry experts, as well as expert contributors and local authorities, came together to discuss concert safety best practices. The task force held its previous meeting at Choctaw Stadium in Arlington last week.

The meeting included presentations from the director of the Texas Music Office Anthony brendon, TEEX Director David Coatney and TNT Security Solutions CEO Travis Lacox. Following the presentations, the working group had a lively discussion that examined the need for a cohesive mass assembly permit for Texas’ 254 counties and the viability of a universal document. The task force decided that a designated member would speak to county judges this week about potential changes to current mass assembly permit systems. In addition, the working group has assembled a set of reference texts that cover all aspects of public safety and best practices that apply to specific circumstances related to mass gatherings and concerts. The working group also discussed best practices for concert safety in a variety of situations and contexts, including rural and urban settings. Finally, the working group continued to develop recommendations related to guidance, education, awareness and potential legislative changes.

Governor Abbott launched the task force on November 10 in response to the Astroworld festival tragedy in Houston that killed 10 spectators and injured more than 300. The task force is chaired by Texas Music Office director Brendon Anthony, and consists of experts in security, law enforcement, fire fighters, state agencies, music industry leaders and others. The working group will organize several roundtables to analyze concert safety and develop ways to improve safety at live musical events in Texas. Following these meetings, the working group will produce a report of recommendations and strategies to ensure concert safety and protect spectators.

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