Non-profit organization launches program to teach business skills to music artists

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TULSA, Oklahoma. – Tulsa-based nonprofit organization Tulsa Creative Engine (TCE) announced the nine cohort participants for its new Music Business Accelerator program, which is designed to teach artist-entrepreneurs business skills and help them make advance their musical career.

The participants are all Tulsa-based musical artists who have already shown that they are seriously considering a career in music. Participants include:

R&B singer Ausha LaCole, rapper and visual artist Dialtone, producer and DJ Dr. View, indie-pop singer-songwriter Lex, Venezuelan reggaeton artist Medicensanto, rapper and singer Parris Chariz, rapper and singer Quentin Marcellis, R&B duo Suarez Republic, and rapper and singer Yung Qwan.

Artists will embark on a six-week program that includes business training workshops, mentorship sessions, contact with music industry professionals, and a $5,000 grant they can use to invest in their musical career.

Tulsa Creative Engine wants to accelerate the growth of hip-hop and R&B artists

Tulsa Creative Engine (TCE) is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to grow Tulsa’s creative ecosystem by investing in the musicians, artists, and creatives who build culture.

TCE believes that for Tulsa’s music and arts community to thrive, we must invest directly in grassroots artists by equipping them with the tools and resources that all entrepreneurs need: space for community and collaboration, access to capital, access to technology, mentoring and professional development. , and a network of connections to new opportunities.

Tulsa Creative Engine executive director Chris Davis said the program is designed to help musical artists advance in their careers while keeping top local talent in Tulsa.

“Most of our most talented artists reach a point in their careers where it starts to make sense to move to Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta or somewhere else with more music business infrastructure,” Davis said. “Our intent is to invest in Tulsa’s top talent to help them make real progress in their careers so they don’t have to think about moving to greener pastures.”

Tulsa Creative Engine: Launching a Six-Week Program in Tulsa

To develop the program, Tulsa Creative Engine partnered with an Oakland-based music incubator Zoo Laboratories who helped develop the program and find mentors in the music industry. The program is largely funded by an accelerator grant from the George Kaiser Family Foundation, with support from Holberton School, The Root Coworking, OKPOP, Sobo Co. and Philbrook Museum of Art.

Singer-songwriter Alexis Onyango, who performs as indie-pop band LEX, said she was thrilled to have the opportunity to further her music career.

“I’m excited about the acceleration program because it opened up opportunities for me that I didn’t know were possible as a freelance artist in Tulsa,” Onyango said. “I will be able to learn a lot about the music industry and meet some really great people involved in the program.”

The program kicks off July 7-10 with a weekend of in-person workshops and activities, followed by 6 weeks of virtual workshops and instruction, and an intensive wrap-up weekend from July 18-21. august. The program will end with a concert and demonstration day on August 20, the location of which will be announced later.

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