Tulsa Music Census
The Tulsa Music Census is a community-led initiative to gain a better understanding of the current needs of the Tulsa music community. The census captures key information about the local music economy to help the city and community make more informed, data-driven decisions to support the music ecosystem.
The 15-minute survey will ask questions specific to the realities of music and live entertainment workers, including general information about their demographics and occupation types, as well as their perspective on issues such as diversity, equity and belonging.
Multi-City Music Census™ Cohort
This effort is part of a multi-city cohort program, administered by Sound Music Cities, a leading Austin-based provider of music ecosystem studies and music census work. The program will allow Tulsa to gain insight from other cities and their best practices. The census will be administered by the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture, a division of Tulsa Regional Tourism, as well as support from local partners.
“We already know that Tulsa has a world-class music scene, but our participation in this multi-city music census is going to provide our office resources to better position Tulsa as a music destination.
Not only will we receive data that will help us more strategically support our regional music industry, but we will also have unique opportunities for intercity collaboration by joining this innovative cohort.”
–Meg Gould, Executive Director of the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture
Become a Community Engagement Partner!
IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO REACH A VILLAGE!
Become a Community Engagement Partner and help us conduct the most extensive survey of the Tulsa music ecosystem ever completed.
WHAT WE’RE ASKING:
We will begin our survey in 2024, and we’re asking you to send the survey to your contacts in the music and live entertainment ecosystem, encouraging individuals to take the survey. We also will ask you to periodically make social media posts to announce the launch of the survey, and encourage participation.
WHAT YOU’LL GET:
Most importantly, representation in the survey results – we want to be as inclusive as possible, which means we want the folks you work with and serve to have their voices heard. We will give community engagement partners a sneak peek of the survey data results before finalizing and publishing our dashboard report. And we would love to add your logo to our list of engaged partners!
Please add your name and email address in the form below. Upload your organization’s logo so that we may add it to the list of partners working to reach every part of our music and live entertainment ecosystem. By choosing to be a partner, you are helping bolster Tulsa's status as a music city with incredible depth and diversity.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is this data being collected?
Music community leaders here in Tulsa and around the world have identified the importance of having measurable information about people who do music related work to provide them with better support. The results of this census will be made available to the thousands of music industry professionals, nonprofits, and government agencies in our area, as well as to the countless music patrons and consumers who are the lifeblood of our music ecosystem.
Am I able to take the Census in Spanish?
Once you click on the Census link, choose English or Español from the menu on the top right. This choice of language is only available on the first page, so you will not be able to switch later.
Una vez que haga clic en el enlace del Censo, elija Inglés o Español en el menú en la parte superior derecha. Esta opción de idioma sólo está disponible en la primera página, por lo que no podrás cambiarla más adelante.
What kind of questions are being asked?
The census asks questions specific to the realities of music workers, including general information about their demographics and occupation types as well as their perspective on issues such as diversity, equity, and belonging. There are no questions in this census about personal or business income.
I value my privacy. Will the answers I provide really remain anonymous?
Yes. The census does not collect any personal identifiers or IP addresses. Any individual responses highlighted in the published results will be attributed as “Census Respondent. “Raw data that is released will be bundled to prevent examining any one individual’s full set of responses. Further, the census platform maximizes the security and privacy of respondents.
How long will it take to fill out the census?
From 10-20 minutes, depending on your respondent category. (Creative, Venue Owner, or Industry) and whether you type in lengthy comments.
Who is eligible to participate in the census?
Those working in the music industry in ANY capacity who are 18 years or older and living in the Tulsa region.
I'm not sure that I qualify as a professional. Should I still participate?
You should participate in the census if you contribute any type of music-related work, with or without compensation, and you believe your skills and commitment are worthy of acknowledgment and support. This includes part-time work, rarely paid work or volunteer work, and work that is more administrative than creative.
How do I fill out the census if I have two different jobs in music, or own two or more music businesses?
To keep the data analysis manageable, we must limit the census to one entry per person, which means you must select one primary identity (creative, venue owner, or industry). That said, we know that most music people work in more than one area, so you will also have an opportunity within the census to provide info on work you do in other identity categories.
Do I have to take the census on a desktop computer?
No. You can use a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Note that if you wish to leave and finish your response later, you will need to use the same device that you started with.
When will the results be released publicly?
The results of the Tulsa Music Census will be released in spring of 2024. There will be three reports: Summary Report, Data Deck and a DEI report.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How is this census different from the Sound Diplomacy Music Strategy conducted in 2020?
Not only will this study give us a new, refined, post-COVID analysis of our music industry, but also add us to a music city cohort which meets monthly to discuss best practices on improving music industries on a city level.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.