The nonprofit organization Tulsa Creative Engine has announced nine cohorts of participants for a new music business accelerator program. The program is designed to teach artist-entrepreneurs business skills and help them advance their music careers.
A press release said the entrants are Tulsa-based musical artists who have shown they are seriously considering a career in music. Participants are R&B singer Ausha LaCole, rapper and visual artist Dialtone, producer and DJ Dr. View, indie-pop singer-songwriter LEX, Venezuelan-born 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, connections with music industry professionals, and a $5,000 grant they can use to invest in their musical career.
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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,” he 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.”
To develop the program, Tulsa Creative Engine partnered with Oakland-based music incubator Zoo Labs, which helped develop the program and find music industry mentors. The program is largely funded by an accelerator grant from the George Kaiser Family Foundation with additional support from Holberton School, The Root Coworking, OKPOP, Sobo Co., and the Philbrook Museum of Art.
“I am excited about the accelerator program because it has opened up opportunities for me that I never knew were possible to be an independent artist in Tulsa,” said singer-songwriter Alexis Onyango (indie pop band THE EX). “I will be able to learn a lot about the music industry and meet some really great people involved in the program.”
The program starts from July 7 to 10 and will end with a concert and a demonstration day on August 20. The location will be announced at a later date.
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