The Play Tulsa Music Program, an Initiative of Tulsa FMAC, Is Now in Its 2nd Year
On this edition of ST, we discuss the Play Tulsa Music program, an initiative of the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture (a/k/a Tulsa FMAC). Play Tulsa Music was first launched in September of last year as a pandemic-rooted economic recovery effort made possible by Tulsa County CARES Act funding. More than $190,000 was distributed in 2020 to 26 venues throughout Tulsa County, thereby helping to support 700+ local performances. This year, as our guest Abby Kurin, the executive director of Tulsa FMAC, tells us today, Play Tulsa Music has been relaunched through privately raised funding. A fund of $100,000 has been established to assist Tulsa-area venues hiring local musicians for live performances during July, August, and September. Kurin also talks with us about ongoing efforts to promote, grow, and strengthen "live music" in Tulsa more generally.