The State Bar of Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Section, or TESLAW, announced that nominations for the Cindi Lazzari Artist Advocate Award are open now until 11:59 p.m. CDT on October 1.

The award is named for the late Cindi Lazzari, a leading Texas attorney who went far beyond the call of duty in her efforts to protect artists’ rights in the music industry. In these challenging times for Texas musicians, TESLAW wants to hear about the exciting heroes and heroines who carry on the tradition of Lazzari’s good works in all the music communities across Texas. 

Nominees need not be attorneys.

Previous recipients include Juan Tejeda (musician, arts administrator, and activist), Robin Shivers (artist manager and founder of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians), Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, SIMS Foundation, Nikki Rowling (co-founder of Austin Music Foundation and author of the Austin Music Census), Casey Monahan (the first head of the Governor’s Music Office) and Margaret Moser (journalist and long-time music editor for the Austin Chronicle).

Nominations for the 2019 award should be sent by e-mail only to

The nomination email should include:

  1. the nominee’s name and contact information;
  2. a one-page statement as to why the nominating individual believes the nominee should receive the award; and
  3. a biography of the nominee.

TESLAW will present the award at the annual Entertainment Law Institute, to be held November 20-22, 2019, in Austin.