Tulsa Music Census Launches Today

The Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture (Tulsa FMAC) today launched the Tulsa Music Census, an initiative to gain a better understanding of the current needs of the Tulsa music community.  

The survey (available by clicking here) is live and being distributed in collaboration with more than 50 community engagement partners including institutions like Philbrook Museum of Art, WOMPA, Marshall Brewing Co. and more. Click here for the full list of community engagement partners

This effort is part of a multi-city cohort program, administered by Sound Music Cities, a leading Austin-based provider of music ecosystem studies and music census work. The program will allow Tulsa to gain insight from other cities and their best practices. Community engagement partners will have their brand affiliated with the project and will receive a sneak peek of the census results in exchange for their assistance sharing the survey. 

“Tulsa is such a great addition to this cohort,” said Don Pitts, president of Sound Music Cities. ”They are ready to engage their community and take a data-driven approach to growing Tulsa’s rich musical heritage into a destination. Their eagerness to embrace the data in generating a practical and impactful action plan with the community is inspiring and elevating the whole cohort.”  

Based in Austin, Texas, Sound Music Cities was established from a rich blend of experiences in music-related policy, music development program design, and sound management initiatives. With expertise spanning the music industry and municipal governance, the team stands as a respected authority in the field, making them a go-to source for music ecosystem studies and music census endeavors in the US. Sound Music Cities also proudly hosts the Music Cities Think Tank—an exclusive, annual assembly of music policy specialists and practitioners from over 16 cities worldwide. This invite-only event is curated to foster in-depth conversations, allowing a select cohort to delve into contemporary challenges and strategies in the music world. 

The Tulsa Census will provide key information about the local music economy to help the community make more informed, data-driven decisions to bolster the music ecosystem. Other cities participating in this cohort include Nashville, New Orleans, Washington D.C., Austin and more.  

“The census will dive into the realities of music and live entertainment workers, collecting demographic and occupational information as well as perspectives on issues such as diversity, equity and belonging,” said Meg Gould, Executive Director, Tulsa FMAC. “The results of this survey will allow us to pinpoint opportunities for our community to work together to better support this vital part of Tulsa’s identity.” 

Learn more and participate in the census at tulsafmac.com/census

This publican has long supported Tulsa Musicians even though some players past and present don’t like our conservative perspectives on God and Country. That’s okay, we love the players and the music we can make together. If the venues would advertise, we would write more. Links to a selection of those stories follow:

Remembering Jimmy “Junior” Markham By Jim Downing

We lost Junior Markham Sept. 21. He was one of the greatest figures in Tulsa music for the last 60 years. He knew everybody and had millions of stories which he told in a poetic and entertaining manner – often onstage. He was a singer, a handsome and charming front man and he developed a barn-burning […] This entry was posted .

Eric Clapton Tribute to JJ Cale By David Arnett

Eric Clapton has often said in public interviews that Tulsan JJ Cale is one of the single most important figures in rock history, a sentiment echoed by many of his fellow musicians. Cale’s influence on Clapton was profound, and his influence on many more of today’s artists cannot be overstated. To honor JJ’s legacy, a […] This entry was posted .

Remembering Johnny “JJ” Cale By Jim Downing and David Arnett

The most significant musical talent in Oklahoma history, JJ Cale died at 8 p.m. Friday July 26, 2013 at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, California.  Born in Oklahoma City on Dec. 5, 1938, Cale grew up in Tulsa and graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1956. Johnny Cale saw himself primarily as a guitarist […] This entry was posted July 28, 2013.

Remembering Buddy Jones By David Arnett

Rock icon and successful businessman Harrel C. “Buddy” Jones passed to the next adventure Sunday February 20, 2011 in Tulsa, the city of his birth.  Buddy liked people and cared for many who loved him and he enjoyed their company.  His junior year at Rogers High School, several friends began to play “new music” and Buddy decided he should play.  As he often told the story, “there were a number of guitar players around already and I didn’t really want to take piano or horn lessons, so I decided drums were the thing to do.” This entry was posted .

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