The WTMA is a 501 (C)3 nonprofit organization fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas. We are dedicated to providing learning opportunities on the craft and business of performing, singing and songwriting. All styles of music are welcome and membership includes people of all ages. WTMA monthly activities include meetings with guest speakers, song critiques and performance showcases in local concerts. In addition, the WTMA supports and promotes workshops, benefit concerts and contests.
The West Texas Music Association is looking forward to the future. They have new plans to restore the Historic Rio Theatre in downtown Odessa for a new musical home. The theatre was purchased in 2010 by the Odessa Rio Theatre Corporation and plans were to make it a restaurant. The group wants to keep the restaurant idea and expand it into a new musical home for artists and entertainers. “With the plans for the new hotel and convention center going in downtown we feel like it is the perfect time to help beautify this wonderful old building and help restore a piece of history. Plans are to keep the theatre as close to the original as possible while turning it into a restaurant and musical home for musicians, singers, songwriters and performers. We didn’t feel like the theatre could sustain itself as just a movie theatre anymore but independent films are planned to be shown there.”, says Bruce Beaird, President of the WTMA.
Restoring the building and converting it into a restaurant and practice/performance hall for local musicians are the plans. The movie theatre style seating has been removed and floors will be leveled to accommodate restaurant table style seating. They plan on opening for lunches to start with while having music shows on Friday and Saturday evenings with dinner.
The group is raising money by utilizing the talents of the members. Songwriters research local non-profit organizations and then write songs accordingly. When finished they also produce music videos and donate them to the agencies to help provide a unique tool to bring awareness to their cause. The WTMA is asking for sponsors and donations to produce the videos and raise money to restore the theatre. “It’s a wonderful way for the songwriters to gain insight for their songwriting, help local non-profit organizations and restore the theatre.”, says Bruce Beaird. When finished the group plans to move in and make it a permanent home for local and area musicians, singers, performers and songwriters as well as serve the downtown area with a new restaurant. If you would like more information or to help please call Bruce Beaird at 432-238-5087. All donations are tax deductible.
The West Texas Music Association and United Way of Odessa
December 1st the show returned to the WTMA website with a new flair. Jennifer Woodall is back and she is joined by Garry Garner. Together they make a great pair to host the show. The WTMA recently purchased some new video and audio equipment to get the show started. The viewing public is invited to watch us grow and learn. It is a learning experience as we go through the process each week. Eventually we hope to have the show several times per week. The show is filmed on Mondays.
The new show set had to be built with portability in mind. The actual room is only 12 X 15 feet in size and also serves as our classroom, photography set, music practice room, as well as have room for the equipment setup for the show. “We move one thing out and then we move something else in. We are out of room but are making it work.”, says Bruce Beaird.
Jennifer Woodall was one of the original show hosts and has returned. Garry Garner has joined the show and it is his first time to do anything like this. Garry retired from the Ector County Sheriffs office several years ago and is not only learning how to be a show host but also about the music business as well. Garry plays in a local group that serves area retirement centers. He has a great personality that we think fits what we do to a T.
The show is 30 minutes long and can be viewed by clicking on our link. (CLICK HERE)