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Tulsa FMAC launches regional creativity database

Published: 6.21.18
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June 21, 2018

Tulsa FMAC launches regional creativity database

(TULSA, Okla.) - The Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture (Tulsa FMAC) has launched the Tulsa Creativity Database, a searchable online platform showcasing the region's creativity resources, including locations for use by filmmakers.

The Tulsa Creativity Database is the result of more than a year of planning, fundraising and development spearheaded by Tulsa FMAC, a division of Tulsa Regional Tourism at the Tulsa Regional Chamber. Tulsa FMAC is Oklahoma's only accredited city film commission, and the Tulsa Creativity Database is a powerful new tool as its disposal.

Film productions rely on curated, searchable databases to find camera-ready locations. This research is a primary driver for the ultimate destination of a production, which brings with it economic benefits and national exposure for the selected community. With the launch of the Tulsa Creativity Database, northeast Oklahoma now has its own database that supports not only film industry needs, but offers additional capabilities for music and the arts.

"The Tulsa Creativity Database takes our efforts to promote the region's creative industries to the next level," said Ray Hoyt, senior vice president of tourism at the Tulsa Regional Chamber. "It's difficult to truly capture the scope of these industries in our region. With this database, we'll have a much more thorough understanding of that scope, as well as an ability to showcase it to local, national and international audiences."

Tulsa FMAC worked with international firm Reel-Scout to build and develop the Tulsa Creativity Database, which is among the most extensive of its kind in the country. While similar directories provide information primarily for location scouts, production companies and film crews, Tulsa's database will cover the full spectrum of creative industries. In addition to resources for film, the directory will include information on musicians, artists, galleries, studios, venues, accommodations, arts organizations and more.

"We are excited to work with Tulsa FMAC to launch the Tulsa Creativity Database," said Reel-Scout President Ed Henegar. "This is a unique initiative for a film office and is especially forward-thinking on Tulsa's part. This creative directory is the first of its kind for a city film office. We are delighted to be a part of the process."

The Reel-Scout platform is a unified solution for both back-of-house project management and the public-facing directory. Tulsa FMAC will be able to build custom location packages for productions looking to film in Tulsa, as well as provide an online directory to track, manage and promote local professionals to support those productions. By incorporating music and the arts into the same system, the Tulsa Creativity Database will give Tulsa FMAC insight into the full impact of the region's creative activity.

"We will be the only city in the country to have this extensive of a database," said Tulsa FMAC Director Abby Kurin. "What we'll be able to offer is wholly unique and all-encompassing of arts and culture - just like Tulsa itself."

The software can also track the estimated economic impact of a film shoot or event, which includes hotel room nights, crew wages and sales taxes. This level of insight will give Tulsa FMAC the ability to show just how valuable creativity is to the northeast Oklahoma economy.

"Creativity isn't just a nice thing found in our region; it's fundamental to our identity as the creative hub and cultural destination in Oklahoma," said Kurin. "With the Tulsa Creativity Database, we'll be able to show in detail how our region benefits from fostering, enhancing and promoting our creative strengths."

Partners and investors in the Tulsa Creativity Database include Teresa Knox, Leigh and John Reaves, Jeff and Michelle Hartman, Patricia Chernicky, the Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation, Peoplesbank, Walli Daniel, Nabholz Corporation, Monica Williford, BOK Center/SMG, Billie Barnett, Globalhealth Holdings, and the Jack Allen Family Foundation. Funds were raised by members of the Tulsa FMAC committee, including Wendy Drummond, Billie Barnett, Teresa Knox, Russ Kirkpatrick, Kayla Vaughn, Scott Stulen, Jeff Nickler, Jay Krottinger, Jeff Hartman and Ray Hoyt.

"The large partnership supporting the Tulsa Creativity Database - a cross section of businesses, philanthropic investors, and arts and culture organizations - demonstrates just how impactful this will be for the Tulsa community," said Wendy Drummond, Tulsa FMAC's 2018 chair and CEO of Drummond Communications. "This will not only be an asset for our creative professionals, but the entire region stands to benefit from the increased exposure, investment and economic activity for our creative industries."

Businesses, organizations, artists, musicians and film crew can add themselves for free to the directory, which is sortable by creative discipline and resource type. The opportunity to list as a film location is open to any entity, and locations selected for a film shoot can collect a production fee.

"We're excited to debut this resource to the Tulsa community," said Kurin. "The Tulsa Creativity Database is a new, exciting platform for Tulsans to promote their creativity to the world."

To explore the Tulsa Creativity Database, visit tulsafmac.com.


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About Tulsa FMAC
Tulsa FMAC is Oklahoma's only accredited city film commission through the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI). The mission of Tulsa FMAC is to develop and connect resources to further grow and enhance the region's creative industries including film, music and arts, all while promoting Tulsa as a creative hub and cultural destination. Tulsa FMAC is a division of Tulsa Regional Tourism at the Tulsa Regional Chamber, which also includes VisitTulsa, the city's convention and visitors bureau, and the Tulsa Sports Commission. Tulsa Regional Tourism works to enhance the area economy and quality of life through marketing, sales and development efforts to position and sell the region as a premier destination for local, national and international travelers.


About the Tulsa Regional Chamber
Established in 1903, the Tulsa Regional Chamber's mission is to serve as the principal business-driven leadership organization improving the quality of community life through the development of regional economic prosperity. The Chamber represents nearly 2,000 member organizations and approximately 176,000 area employees, utilizing nearly 4,100 volunteers to accomplish its programs and services.

The American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) named the Tulsa Regional Chamber the nation's best chamber in 2006, 2008 and 2010. In 2013, the Chamber received the Oklahoma Quality Foundation's Quality Award for Commitment, and the Quality Award for Excellence in 2015. Additionally, the Chamber holds three prestigious accreditations: five-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; accredited economic development organization through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC); and accredited destination marketing organization (VisitTulsa) through the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI).

For more information, visit tulsachamber.com.

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