Tulsa makes sound waves at SXSW
In March 2018, a record 85 Tulsans, including 13 artists and bands, were part of the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts and Culture’s efforts at SXSW.
Tulsa native John Calvin Abney performs at the Tulsa Music Showcase at the South by Southwest Conference and Festival on March 15 in Austin, Texas. For more on Abney and his new album, “Coyote,” see p. 16.
More than 400 miles to the south, Tulsa is making a name for itself as a creative and cultural hub, says Abby Curin, director of the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts and Culture (FMAC).
The office has had a presence at the South by Southwest Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, since 2015, when it launched the Tulsa Boom Factory official SXSW music day party. In 2016, a “Created in Tulsa” trade show booth was added to promote Tulsa’s entrepreneurs, film and music industries, and arts organizations. In 2017, Tulsa launched its own official SXSW Music Showcase.
In March 2018, a record 85 Tulsans, including 13 artists and bands, were part of the FMAC’s efforts at SXSW. “Tulsa is resonating with people attending SXSW,” Kurin says. “It was a phenomenal year in terms of growth and consistency for Tulsa’s presence to an international audience.”