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The Play Tulsa Music Program, an Initiative of Tulsa FMAC, Is Now in Its 2nd Year

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Aired on Thursday, July 15th.

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.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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