University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Troupe Earnest Gammage, III, Papers, 1981-1998

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gammage, Troupe Earnest, 1944-
Title: Gammage, Troupe Earnest, III, papers
Dates: 1981-1998
Abstract: This collection, comprised of business papers and newspaper clippings, chronicles the professional career and interests of Troupe Earnest Gammage, III. The Austin Music Industry Council represents the largest amount of materials in this collection. Gammage was also instrumental in promoting Austin as a major hub for live music.
Accession No.: 2006-285; 2011-247; 2011-265; 2011-276; 2011-330; 2012-134
Extent: 10 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Troupe Earnest Gammage, III, was born into a business family in Brownwood, Texas, in 1944. He earned a BBA in Finance and Insurance from the University of Texas at Austin (UT) in 1967 and subsequently attended one year of Law School at UT. He began singing in a choir at age eight, performing music throughout his career and eventually becoming lead singer for the band Ernie Sky and the K-Tels. Gammage served as President of the Austin Music Industry Council and of the Texas Music Association as well as Chairman of the Austin Music Advisory Committee and of the City of Austin Music District Committee. Furthermore, he participated in various other organizations, including Leadership Austin. Cognizant of the revenue loss incurred by the city of Austin as a result the departure of Austin music acts, who tended to leave the city once they became famous, Gammage worked, through the many organizations with which he was associated, to facilitate the establishment of music business infrastructure and support. Gammage believed that efforts to make Austin an attractive place for musicians to develop careers would result in not only direct financial benefit to Austin as a city, but would also provide the music community with increased opportunities to pursue successful careers.

His efforts were primarily devoted to promoting cooperation between the Austin music industry, the financial and business communities, the offices of the city of Austin, and the national music industry. Gammage’s efforts in this area began to show results as early as 1987. He was involved in creating and promoting various types of seminars to provide musicians and the music community with business skills. These seminars covered such topics as banking, taxes, legal issues, and marketing. Conversely, Gammage worked with the financial community to identify investment opportunities in the Austin music community.

Scope and Contents

The Troupe Earnest Gammage, III, Papers, 1981-1998, consist of correspondence, financial documents, legal documents, minutes, agendas, publications, reports, printed material, and clippings, which document issues facing the music industry of Austin, Texas, in the late 1980s to early 1990s and the efforts of various organizations to address those issues. The papers are organized into two series. The first contains Gammage’s business papers, 1982-1992, and the second, entitled Music and Musicians, 1981-1998, is composed of printed material and clippings acquired by Gammage.

Within the first series of Business Papers, one third of the records is composed of material from the Austin Music Industry Council (AMIC) and documents that organization’s efforts to establish a relationship between Austin’s music and business communities. A quarter of the AMIC material covers meetings, while another quarter details events. The AMIC correspondence is mostly unremarkable; however, one interesting issue discussed is a rift between the Austin music community and the Austin Community College. Thirteen other organizations in which Gammage participated are documented in the Business Papers series, primarily consisting of Leadership Austin, the Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Music Commission, and the Texas Music Association.

The Music and Musicians series, comprised of printed material and clippings and encompassing more than a sixth of the collection, portrays a wide-ranging and thorough picture of the Austin music industry in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Archivist’s note: Where possible, original order was preserved by retaining the unit titles as created by Gammage. These titles have been placed in quotes in the arrangement.



This collection is arranged into two series:
  • I. Business Papers, 1982-1992
  • II. Music and Musicians, 1981-1998


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

A portion of these papers are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Gammage, Troupe Earnest, 1944-
Ernie Sky and the K-Tels
Subjects (Organizations)
Austin Chamber of Commerce
Austin Community College (Austin, Tex.)
Texas Music Association
Texas Music Commission
Austin Music District Committee
Austin Music Industry Council
Leadership Austin
Music -- Texas -- Austin.
Sound recording industry -- Texas.
Austin (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Troupe Earnest Gammage, II, Papers, 1981-1998, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ashley Adair, Jane Gruning, George Royer, November 2009. Subsequent revisions were made by Christopher Orion Magee, June 2010, Laurel Rozema, October 2010, Ryder Kouba, September 2011, and Maria Soscia, October 2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers


Business Papers, 1982-1992

2006-285/1 Stored off-site at LSF
General, 1989
Resume, 1989
Austin Music Industry Council, 1983-1990
Press Release and Mission Statement, 1986-1989, undated
Board and Committee Directories, 1986-1990
Legal Documents
Articles of Incorporation, 1986, 1990, undated
Bylaws, 1986
Correspondence, 1986-1990, undated
Financial Documents
"Income Tax", 1987-1990, undated
"State Franchise and Sales Tax," 1986-1987, undated
"Financial Reports," 1988-1989
“Financial Information,” 1986-1990
Assorted, 1986-1989
Annual, 1986-1990
Board, 1986-1990
2006-285/2 Committees, 1987-1990, undated
AURAL (Library Project), 1989-1990
Banking Seminar, 1989
Business of Music Seminar, 1986-1989, undated
American Electronics Association Mixer, 1990
IRS Seminar, 1990
Midem, 1989-1990
Grammys n Th' Schools, 1990
"Music Related Seminars, Workshops," 1987-1988
Assorted, 1987-1990, undated
Austin Music Channel, 1988-1990, undated
Membership Documentation
AMIC Prospects, 1986-1989, undated
Assorted, 1984-1990, undated
Music Biz Breakdown, 1988-1990, undated
Including "Austin Music: Into the Future," published by the Austin Music Advisory Committee, 1985
Music Industry Primer, 1988-1990, undated
AMIC Clippings, 1983-1989
2006-285/3 AMIC Clippings, 1990
Handwritten Notes, 1986-1990, undated
Administrative Files, 1986-1990, undated
"AMIC Lists", 1987-1989, undated
Mailing Labels, 1989-1990, undated
Computer Records, 1988, 1990, undated
Letterhead and Copy Masters, 1989-1990, undated
Leadership Austin, 1986-1992
Board of Directors, 1989-1990
Arts and Culture Committee, 1987-1988
Curriculum Committee, 1988-1989, undated
Activities Committee, 1989-1992
Economic Inpacts of the Arts, 1986-1987
Leadership Austin Action Team Reports, 1986-1987
Pathfinders on Music Industry, 1990
Bank Survey, 1987-1988, undated
Austin Chamber of Commerce, 1985-1990
Correspondence, 1986-1990
"Target Market: Film/Music/Video," 1987-1988
Economic Development, 1985-1989
Tokyo Cowboys, 1986-1990
Publications, 1986-1989
Financial Documents, 1988-1989
Assorted, 1985-1989
2006-285/4 Texas Music Commission, 1986-1990
General, 1989
Members and Meetings, 1986-1989
State Film/Music Survey 1988
Arthur Young Survey, 1988
Texas Music Inventory, 1988
Clippings, 1990, undated
Texas Music Association, 1983-1989
General, 1985-1989
Publications, 1984-1988
Clippings, 1983
Assorted, 1983-1986
Austin Music District Committee, 1987-1989
General, 1987-1988
"MDC Work", 1987-1988
Reports 1988
Report to City Council, 1988
Clippings, 1989-1989
Austin Community College, 1988-1990
General, 1988
Correspondence, 1988
Townsend Miller Scholarship, 1990
Commercial Music Program Advisory Committee, 1989-1990
Bus. Fund for Music Prof, 1988
Commercial Music Management Program, 1989
Austin Music Industry Survey
Society of Professional Audio Recording Studios, 1988-1989
South by Southwest, 1988-1990
Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1988-1989
Austin Music Advisory Committee, 1983-1987
City of Austin, 1984-1990
State of Texas, 1984-1987
New Music Seminar, 1986-1989
2006-285/5 Assorted, 1982-1992
Correspondence, 1987-1990, undated
Handwritten Notes, 1988-1990, undated
Ernie Sky, 1982-1986
Texas Talent Act, 1989-1990
Music Industry Loan Program, 1989
New Orleans Subject File, 1988-1990
Walk of the Stars, 1986-1987
Vendor Solicitations, 1987-1989, undated
Business Cards
Various, 1987-1992, undated


Music and Musicians, 1981-1997

2006-285/5 Stored offsite at LSF:
Austin, Texas
General, 1986-1989, undated
Printed Material
Clippings, 1981-1987
2006-285/6 Clippings, 1990-1991
Midem International Music Industry Convention, 1987
Assorted, 1987-1990, undated
Printed Materials, 1985-1990
Clippings, 1985-1989
Assorted, 1986, undated
United States
Printed Material
Billboard, 1986-1990
Clippings, 1987-1990
Printed Material, 1987-1990
Assorted, 1988, undated
New Orleans
Printed Material, 1990-1991
2AA39 Stored on-site at SRH
Amusement Business, March 25, 1989
Pro Sound News International Edition, Vol. 11, No. 3
Vol. 96, No. 47
Vol. 97, No. 52
Vol. 98, No. 27
Vol. 100, No. 44
Vol. 101, Nos. 13 and 36
The Texas Humanist: Ideas, History, and Culture,
Vol. 7, No. 5, May/June 1985
Vol. 7, No. 6, July/August 1985
The Austin Chronicle
Vol. III, No. 7
Vol. IV, Nos. 4-8, 14-15, and 26
Vol. V, Nos. 6, 14, and 22
Vol. VI, Nos. 6, 9, and 13
Vol. VII, No. 5
Vol. VIII, Nos. 12, 28
Vol. IX, No. 13
4Jc44 Austin Community College (ACC) Planning Committee for Proposed Music Program, 1988
ACC Commercial Music Management Advisory Committee documents, notes, and correspondence, 1992-1997
Austin Music Industry Task Force documents, 1994
Texas Music Association promotional material, 1994
Texas Music Association - Chamber of Commerce, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and notes, 1973-1985
Booklets regarding Texas Music Industry, 1986-1988
Austin Music Industry Council (AMIC) programs, 1984
Austin Music Advisory Committee (AMAC) documents and notes, 1986
Regional Music Development Roundtable membership forms, 1990
“Creating an Opportunity Economy,” 1985
Advertising section on Austin in Billboard magazine, 1990
2X81c "Meet the People Who Make Texas Music," Texas Music Association audio cassette
4Jc45 Music industry marketing strategies in various cities
Nashville notes and correspondence, 1986
City of Austin correspondence, 1986
NOME/New Orleans promotional material, correspondence, and notes, 1985-1988
Louisiana music/NOME correspondence and newsletters, 1986
Memphis pamphlets, newspaper clippings, brochures, 1986
Texas Music Association - Texas Music Museum information, 1990
Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau correspondence, brochures, and notes, 1994
Publications relating to Texas music industry,
“Country Music Magazine” and “Country Hits Magazine,” 1985-1986
SXSW official programs, 1989-1996
“Austin” Magazine, October 1988
Articles relating to partnership between Austin Chamber of Commerce and Austin music business interests, 1985
Business cards, badge, sticker, buttons, 1984-1987
Texas Music Association
Austin Chamber of Commerce
Austin Music Industry Council
Austin Music District Committee
Ernie "Sky" Gammage
Magazine and newspaper clippings
4Zf41 Texas Music Association documents:
“State Board Meetings,” 1982-1988
Audiocassette tapes of state board meetings:
June 21, 1986
December 1986
Dallas, December 15, 1986
Austin, March 22, 1987
Houston, June 27, 1987
“Committee Meetings,” 1983-1986
“Laws,” 1983-1985
“Legislative Committee,” January 3, 1985-July 11, 1987
“Letters, TMA President,” July 1985- April 1987
“TMA State Presidency,” 1984-1987
“New Chapters,” June 1984-March 1986
Austin chapter, 1982-1984
“Austin Monthly and Executive Meetings,” 1983-1986
“Austin Board Meetings,” 1982-1987
Employee insurance program, 1983-1985
Newsletter, October 1982-September 1986
Proposals, notes, receipts, and blank letterhead, 1987-1988
Directory, 1984-1985
Membership applications
“Talk Back to the Media!” card with listener line numbers
4Zf42 “MIDEM – Administration,” 1987
Texas Sesquicentennial Commission documents, 1984-1987
Texas Music Commission documents, October 29, 1985-May 14, 1987
“Transcript of San Antonio Reception TMA Presentation,” May 7, 1984
Texas Music Association Foundation, January 20, 1983-July 3, 1986
Correspondence and Photostats of articles concerning the music industry in Austin, January 20, 1983-July 3, 1986
“A Texas Music Showcase at Studio Circus” invitation cards and original page layout
Next Century Economy, 1998
“Christine Albert & Duck Stop Texas Celebration Tour” articles, advertisements, and folder, 1986
2.325/OD10 “Christine Albert & Duck Stop Texas Celebration Tour” sticker 1986