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Tulsa Film and Music Office set to launch with event Monday

November 21, 2013


Nov. 21--Tulsa's film and music director hopes the city is ready for its close-up.

Nearly four months after Abby Kurin was hired to promote the city as a site for film shoots for movie and music professionals, officials will unveil a logo and slogan for the new Tulsa Film and Music Office at a coming-out party Monday for Kurin's efforts.

The launch, as it's billed, is the public announcement that the office -- a division of the city's Communications Department -- is ready to begin its work after several months of planning, Kurin said.

"With this launch event we can now take it to the next level and hopefully be a part of community events and keep highlighting the industry," she said.

The Film and Music Office is the brainchild of the Mayor's Film and Music Advisory Board and is charged with cataloguing sites and aspects of the city that could interest filmmakers, working with local producers and recording studios, and promoting the city as an attractive location for anyone involved in the film and music industries.

Kurin spent her first few months "in that PR development phase" meeting with local industry leaders and hosting small networking events.

After the launch party, the office will conduct a "cultural audit" by distributing questionnaires to local musicians, music facilities, film producers and educators to document how and where the film and music industries could thrive in Tulsa.

That information will eventually be placed on a website that can be used as a reference for national and international professionals in the industry who may want to relocate or do work in Tulsa, answering questions such as how and where one can film in Tulsa, Kurin said.

That will be the first part of a low-key marketing campaign that will champion the slogan "play here," with the ultimate goal of growing the film and music industries locally and proving to the world that Tulsa is a great place for both, she said.

"The mission of this office is to not only grow and develop these industries in the city but to highlight these industries to a national and international audience," she said.

"There's just a lot of excitement and momentum and this energy of working together in and outside of Tulsa, ... and to keep moving on it feels nice."

The launch party is open to anyone who wants to learn about the Film and Music Office and its goals but is geared toward members of the film and music industries.

It will feature performances by four bands, a presentation by a member of the state Film and Music Office about a state filmmaking incentive and plenty of networking, Kurin said.

"The (Film and Music Advisory Board) has been hard at work over a year now, but with the office now finally being established in August, we've been hard at work for over three months, and we'd love for people to come ... and learn about us," she said.

Kurin, a former member of the state's Film and Music Office, is the Tulsa office's only employee so far, although it has the support of the city's Communications Department and members of the advisory board, she said.

The office's budget is $50,000, with $36,000 for salary and other reimbursements for Kurin, who is a 20-hour-a-week, part-time employee.

Zack Stoycoff 918-581-8486

Tulsa Film and Music Office launch party

When: 6-8:30 p.m. Monday

Where: Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First St.

Who: Open to the public

Cost: Free


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