Tulsa Office Of Film, Music, Art And Culture Talks Recent Successes In Oklahoma

The Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Art and Culture says it helps filmmakers, musicians, writers, artists, and designers find the resources they need to bring their creations to life. Executive Director Meg Gould and Manager Natalie Bowling at Tulsa FMAC join Tess Maune to share more.

Thursday, February 1st 2024, 7:35 am

By: News On 6


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The Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Art and Culture says it helps filmmakers, musicians, writers, artists, and designers find the resources they need to bring their creations to life.

Executive Director Meg Gould and Manager Natalie Bowling at Tulsa FMAC join Tess Maune on the Arca Continental Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages Porch.

What is it about Tulsa that is becoming more appealing to filmmakers?

"The past couple of years, we've seen a lot of productions coming to Oklahoma. And you know, there's a lot of cities that people are ready to kind of move out of and looking for a new area to move into. And they're seeing what Oklahoma has been doing. So Tulsa is that perfect, Austin-like town and I hate comparing it to that, but a lot of people do. And it's just becoming an the next hub for production. So we're really proud of that," Gould said.

What does Killers of the Flower Moon being filmed in Oklahoma mean for the state?

"It just shows what we can do here in Tulsa, and that we can do all types of production. And the Killers of the Flower Moon was one of the largest films or the largest film to date that was filmed here in Oklahoma. And to have that in our area and bring that attention to us just shows that we are open for business and ready for more," Gould said.

What is in the works to continue the momentum beyond this year?

"We've done several events in Los Angeles and talking to productions and studios out there that are looking to bring their film to an area like Oklahoma. And so we have several that are in the works that are about to go. And we'll see a lot more going on here as far as filming goes," Gould said.

How is Tulsa growing in the music industry?

"One of the things we did last year was take 16 musicians to South by Southwest. And the headline of that event was bringing Tulsa's own Wilderado there and we had a sold out house. It was incredible seeing people lined up down the street all trying to get into the Tulsa house at South by Southwest. And we'll be back there in March," Bowling said.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Art and Culture.

CLICK HERE to learn more about South by Southwest 2024, or SXSW.

Tulsa FMAC said it is seeking Community Engagement Partners to help it conduct a survey of the Tulsa music ecosystem called the The Tulsa Music Census.

It said it is an initiative to get an understanding of the current needs of the Tulsa music community. The Census will get information about the local music economy to help the city and community make more informed, data-driven decisions to support the music ecosystem, Tulsa FMAC said.

The survey asks questions specific to the realities of music and live entertainment workers, including general information about their demographics and occupation types, as well as their perspective on issues such as diversity, equity, and belonging, Tulsa FMAC said.

Tulsa FMAC said it's part of a multi-city cohort program, which allows Tulsa to gain insight and perspective from other cities.

Tulsa FMAC said the Census will be administered by Sound Music Cities, a leading Austin-based provider of music ecosystem studies and music census work, in conjunction with the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture, a subdivision of Tulsa Regional Tourism, as well as support from their Community Engagement Partners.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the survey, or email Natalie Bowling at nataliebowling@visittulsa.com

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