Film Incentives

*Please access the Administrative Rules for detailed information about the Filmed in Oklahoma Act of 2021.

What is the difference between the Compete with Canada Act and the Filmed in Oklahoma Act?

The Compete with Canada Act introduced Oklahoma’s first film enhancement rebate program in 2001. This program was successful in introducing Oklahoma as a desirable location for film productions and set the ground work for workforce and infrastructure development. In 2021, the Filmed in Oklahoma Act was signed into law, creating a new film enhancement rebate program that replaced the previous $8 million annual cap with an increased annual cap of $30 million. The Compete with Canada Act will still exist until its scheduled sunset date, so that any projects that have already been prequalified under that program can still submit their final claims. However, as of July 1, 2021, all new applications for the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program will be applying under the Filmed in Oklahoma Act.

What is the Stand-Alone Post-Production Incentive?

The Filmed in Oklahoma Act of 2021 offers two incentive types. The first incentive is for projects filmed in the State of Oklahoma. A project filmed in this state is defined as: “at least one of the film’s principal photography production days have occurred in Oklahoma. A project that does not meet this threshold is a “project filmed outside this state”.” Projects filmed in this state are eligible for the Filmed in Oklahoma Act In-State Incentive. This incentive offers projects filmed in this state a rebate of up to 20% – 38% based on meeting different uplift criteria that promote economic development throughout the state.

Projects filmed outside of this state are eligible for the Stand-Alone Post-Production Incentive, which offers a rebate on post-production services that are performed in Oklahoma for a project that was filmed outside of Oklahoma. The rebate for the stand-alone post-production incentive is up to 20% – 25%.

There are separate applications for each incentive, so please make sure you are applying for the incentive that pertains to your production.

Are there different rules for the Stand-Alone Post-Production Incentive?

For the most part, the stand-alone post-production incentive is the same as the in-state production incentive. However, there are some differences (listed below).

  • Applications for the stand-alone post-production incentive (SAPI) only need to be submitted 14 days before the start of post-production in Oklahoma
  •  The 7.5% nonresident incentive does not apply for the SAPI. Only local BTL and Oklahoma Expat BTL labor are qualified expenses. Both local and out-of-state ATL labor can qualify for the SAPI, but all ATL is capped at 25% of direct qualified production expenditures, similar to the in-state production incentive.
  • SAPI applications do not have the 45, 30, and 10 day benchmark requirements that the in-state incentive applications have. However, full proof of funding for the full post-production budget must be submitted with the SAPI eligibility application.
  • The quarterly approval system is the same for SAPI applications, but instead of basing the approval date on the production’s start of principal photography, it is based on the production’s start of post-production in Oklahoma.
  • SAPI projects are still required to include an end credit logo (provided by OF+MO) in their production
  • SAPI projects are still required to have their final claim reviewed by a third-party CPA before submitting it to OF+MO
  • SAPI projects are still required to have a minimum budget of $50,000

Is the Filmed in Oklahoma Act rebate program a tax credit or a cash rebate?

The Filmed in Oklahoma Act program is a cash rebate on qualifying Oklahoma expenditures.

Will applications for the Filmed in Oklahoma Act be approved on a first-come, first-served basis?

No. OF+MO considers each Eligibility Application individually based upon many factors, including compliance with the Administrative Rules, the Filmed in Oklahoma Act of 2021, the benefits of the project to Oklahoma (such as economic impact, jobs, tourism, branding, image and follow-on work), funds available, anticipated future program needs, and other projects applying for a rebate. Application does not guarantee acceptance.

If the rebate is no longer first-come, first-served, how will applications be chosen for approval?

For all films planning to start filming from July until December, we will wait to assess any applications until 8/30/21. By 9/3/21 we will have notified all productions whether their application was approved or denied. During the assessment period, we will be determining which projects maximize the rebate program’s benefit to the state. Films that are taking advantage of the various uplifts will be viewed positively, as those uplifts were designed to encourage positive economic activity throughout the state. Some examples of factors that would work in a film’s favor would be a high percentage of local crew, filming in a rural area, an emphasis on local workforce development or a commitment to building local infrastructure.

For films starting principal photography in Quarters 3 or 4 of Fiscal Year 2022, please see the evaluation and award timeline that is listed on the Incentives page under the “Program Requirements” tab.

Which government agency determines the approval of an application?

The Oklahoma Film + Music Office, within the Department of Commerce, approves or denies applications received to utilize rebate incentive program.

Are applicants able to speak with a member of the government agency that approves or denies an application?

Yes. You can speak with the Oklahoma Film + Music Office’s Director, Tava Maloy Sofsky, or Deputy Director, Jeanette Stanton, by calling (405) 522-9635 or emailing Meredith Funkhouser at meredith.funkhouser@okcommerce.gov to set up an appointment time.

What are the determining factors for an approved application?

As outlined in 150:150-1-7 of the Emergency Administrative Rules, (a) the decision as to whether to offer an incentive, and how much of an incentive may be offered is made at the discretion of OF+MO. (b) The actual rebate percentage approved for a project, if any, is determined by the Department in a way that achieves the maximum positive impact for the Oklahoma economy. (c) In determining the rebate percentage amount to be approved, if any, pursuant to either 68 O.S. §3635 or §3636, the Department may consider the following:

(1) Benefits of the project to the State (including economic impact, industry infrastructure impact, jobs, tourism, branding, image and follow-on work);
(2) The amount of rebate payments conditionally prequalified by the Department for the current fiscal year;
(3) Impact on the ability of the Department to commit funds to additional projects for the current fiscal year;
(4) The amount of incentive believed to be necessary to win the project. For more information please review the Emergency Rules here.

Is there a minimum or maximum score that needs to be achieved for approval?

No. There is not a minimum or maximum score that a project needs to meet to be approved. Scores are approved based on all the projects that have applied in that evaluation period. Busier evaluation periods may be more competitive, and higher scores may be needed for approval in those periods.

How can a score be improved?

A score could be impacted or improved by the applicant or production utilizing the uplifts opportunities as outlined on the OF+MO website here and improving the impact of the project on the Oklahoma economy in consideration of the factors set forth in 150:150-1-7 and listed above.

What is the protocol if there are more applications received than can be approved?

As outlined in 150:150-1-7 of the Emergency Administrative Rules, OF+MO may utilize a scoring system to provide guidelines as to the amount of incentive offered for a project, if any. OF+MO may also rank projects to determine which projects should receive priority in receiving an incentive offer. Any list created by OF+MO ranking projects is not subject to the Open Records Act.

Why would an application be denied or receive a lower rebate incentive percentage amount?

As outlined in 150:150-1-7 of the Emergency Administrative Rules, the incentive percentage to be approved for a project may be determined at the time of Conditional Pre-Qualification of the application with the following limitations: (1) If a project fails to meet the criteria for a particular Rebate Enhancement for which the project was initially pre-qualified to receive, the percentage of that specific incentive enhancement is removed from the total percentage of the incentive offer. (2) If a project under performs with regards to any of the Rebate Enhancement categories from what they projected in the initial application, the additional incentive amount offered for that category may be reduced. (3) If a project uses fewer apprentices than the amount claimed at the time of Conditional Pre-Qualification, the base incentive amount may be reduced. (4) If the Rebate Claim amount is fifteen or more percent (15%+) lower than the amount for which the Film was pre-qualified, one percent (1%) of the Rebate amount for which the Film would otherwise be paid may be reduced due to the reduced economic benefit to the State.

Can a denied application be appealed?

No. There is not an appeal process at this time.

If an application is denied, can an applicant re-apply to receive the rebate after the completion of principal photography?

If a film has applied and been denied pre-qualification, they may ask to have their application considered for the remainder of the fiscal year.  If funding is to become available in the fiscal year, the agency can re-consider pre-qualification of the film even if principal photography has already begun or is completed, as long as principal photography did not begin until after the application was received and pre-qualification was denied.

As funding is competitive, there is no guarantee that a project which has been denied will later be approved funding.

Can an application be re-submitted?

An applicant can reapply for subsequent quarters, but if the application remains the same, the score will also remain the same. However, approved projects are based on all application scores within a given review period, which means that some periods may be more competitive than others.

Can an application be re-submitted in subsequent evaluation period?

Yes. If denied, you can resubmit an application for the next evaluation period, or you can let OF+MO know, in writing, that you would like for your application that is currently on file to be re-evaluated in the next period.  Your application can remain on file until July 1st, before you would be required to re-submit a new application for the project for consideration.

Is there a location on the website where applicants can view approved applicants/applications?

Yes. OF+MO lists approved projects on its Now Filming page.

Is there a location on the website where applicants can view denied applicants/applications?

No. Not at this time.

If I would like to apply for the Filmed in Oklahoma Act, am I allowed to start filming before July 1, 2021?

Yes – under certain circumstances and with OF+MO approval. Please be aware that OF+MO cannot guarantee that any productions will be approved for the new program before July 1, 2021, and filming before the new program begins does not guarantee that your production will be approved. However, a commitment to filming in Oklahoma before the new program begins will be taken into account when OF+MO is considering new applications. If a production that filmed before July 1, 2021 is approved for the Filmed in Oklahoma Act of 2021 rebate program, any qualified expenditures made before July 1, 2021 will count towards the total qualified expenditures.

Is there a cap for the Filmed in Oklahoma Act Rebate Program?

Yes, the Filmed in Oklahoma Act Rebate Program is capped at $30 million per fiscal year (July 1-June 30). Of the $30 million cap, $22.5 million is allocated for productions with budget of at least $7.5 million, and $7.5 million is allocate for productions with budget of less than $7.5 million.

Is the annual cap divided between smaller and larger budget productions?

Per statute, the annual cap is divided between two pools of money:

  • $7.5 million of the annual cap is allocated for rebates of projects that have budgets less than $7.5 million
  • $22.5 million of the annual cap is allocated for rebates of projects that have budgets of at least $7.5 million

The money is divided in this way so that there is a certain amount of funding that can only go to small-budget films. Over the past several years, the Oklahoma film industry has grown largely in part to smaller indie films. This rule ensures that there will always be space in Oklahoma’s film industry for smaller budgets, even as we continue to grow!

Is the amount of rebate funds available featured on the OF+MO website?

No. At this time, an interested applicant cannot view available incentive funds.

Is there a sunset date for the Filmed in Oklahoma Act of 2021?

The Filmed in Oklahoma Act‘s sunset date is June 30, 2031.

Do I have to show proof of funding?

To utilize the Filmed in Oklahoma Act, projects are required to show proof that 50% of funding is in place is due 45 days prior to the start of principal photography, and proof that complete funding is in place is due 30 days prior to the start of principal photography. For other funding benchmarks, please visit review the Administrative Rules.

Do commercials, documentaries or TV series qualify for the Filmed in Oklahoma Act?

Yes, if they meet the eligibility requirements. Please visit the incentives page for more information.

What if I take Oklahoma crew to another state to work on the same production?

Only payments or wages for work completed in Oklahoma will qualify for the rebate.

Is there an application fee for the Filmed in Oklahoma Act?

There is no application fee at this time.

What are the eligibility requirements for the Filmed in Oklahoma Act?

A project is eligible for the Filmed in Oklahoma Act if they meet the following requirements:

  • Budget of at least $50,000 with an Oklahoma Spend of at least $25,000
  • For projects applying for the filmed in-state incentive, at least one day of principal photography must be in Oklahoma. However, for television pilots and seasons that are applying for the 2% TV pilot or 5% TV season uplifts, at least 75% of the television pilot or 75% of the series season must be filmed in Oklahoma. A pilot or television show that is filming less than 75% of the project in Oklahoma is still eligible for the program, but it will not be eligible for the TV Pilot or TV Season uplift.
  • Unless otherwise authorized by OFMO, Eligibility Applications submitted for projects filmed inside the State pursuant to 68 O.S. §3635 may be submitted no earlier than one (1) year prior to the start of Principal Photography but no later than forty-five (45) days prior to the start of Principal Photography.
  • The exact specifications of the Eligibility Application are shown on the OFMO website, and include but are not limited to:
    • (A) General information about the Production;
    • (B) Contact information;
    • (C) Preliminary production milestone dates;
    • (D) A copy of the screenplay (or treatment if appropriate);
    • (E) The Production Budget top sheet and estimated headcount;
    • (F) Various acknowledgements of program and OFMO criteria and agreements to abide by them.

Eligibility Applications may be submitted to OFMO after the start of Principal Photography if OFMO deems that conditions exist which make submittal prior to the start of principal photography not feasible.

Are tax-exempt organizations able to apply for the rebate program?

No. Organizations with a tax-exempt status cannot apply for the Filmed in Oklahoma Act of 2021.

Must a certain percentage of crew be Oklahoma residents?

No. However, a low percentage of Oklahoma crew members may result in a reduced base rebate percentage. For more information about the rebate program and the scoring system, please visit our incentives page.

Do wages paid to non-Oklahoma residents qualify?

Yes, but with limitations. Wages paid to a below-the-line Oklahoma expatriate crew member will qualify for the rebate program effective through June 30, 2031. Oklahoma expatriates are former residents of Oklahoma, and in order for their wages to qualify, expatriates must fill out a Declaration of Expatriate Status Form to be collected by the production and submitted with the final rebate claim. There is no cap for how many expats a film can use, or how much in expat wages a production can qualify.

Additionally, productions can now qualify payments to out-of-state below-the-line crew members (either through salary or loan-outs) effective through July 1, 2023. These payments are only eligible for the 7.5% nonresident incentive, and that incentive is not eligible for any of the available rebate percentage uplifts. Out-of-state loan-outs must register with the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s Office in order for their payments to qualify for the rebate program.

Are there any sales tax exemptions?

Yes, Oklahoma also offers a Point of Purchase Sales Tax Exemption. Please visit our incentives page for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: This Point of Purchase Sales Tax Exemption cannot be used in conjunction with the Filmed in Oklahoma Act.

Which production costs qualify for the Filmed in Oklahoma Act?

Qualifying Oklahoma expenditures subject to the rebate can be defined in the Administrative Rules.

Does the Filmed in Oklahoma Act require an audit or review?

Final rebate applications will be accompanied by a CPA’s report, prepared at the expense of the applicant, attesting that the amounts in the application are qualified Oklahoma expenditures (QOE) that comply with the requirements of the Administrative Rules.

For projects with QOE over $250,000, the materiality threshold used for CPA Review is the lesser of 1% of QOE or $100,000. For projects with QOE under $250,000, contact the Oklahoma Film + Music Office.

For a list of CPA’s, please visit the Oklahoma Production Directory.

Does the Filmed in Oklahoma Act apply to above-the-line compensation expenditures?

Yes. No more than twenty-five percent (25%) of your total qualifying Oklahoma spend can be comprised of aggregate qualifying above-the-line payments.

Does the Filmed in Oklahoma Act apply to video game production?

It would not apply to most of the game production. However, per statute, “Film” is defined as the following:

Filmmeans a professional single media, multimedia program or feature, which is not child pornography as defined in subsection A of Section 1024.1 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes or obscene material as defined in paragraph 1 of subsection B of Section 1024.1 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes including, but not limited to,national advertising messages that are broadcast on a national affiliate or cable network, fixed on film or digital video, which can be viewed or reproduced and which is exhibited in theaters, licensed for exhibition by individual television stations, groups of stations, networks, cable television stations or other means or licensed for home viewing markets.The term shall also include filming for interactive and video gaming including, but not limited to, green screen, motion capture and similar production techniques.

I just found out about the Filmed in Oklahoma Act and I have nearly completed my film. Can I still apply?

In certain cases, retroactive applications may be accepted in cases where OF+MO has decided it was not feasible to apply for the program before beginning principal photography. If you believe your production falls under these special circumstances, please email Jeanette Stanton.

If I don’t qualify for the Filmed in Oklahoma Act, can OF+MO still help me?

Yes, OF+MO offers a variety of services, including locations assistance, community liaising, posting casting or crew calls and promoting Oklahoma-made films that have completed production.

Film Industry

I want to work in the film industry and have no experience. How do I get started?

There is a place for YOU in the Oklahoma film industry! As the entertainment industry continues to flourish both globally and here in Oklahoma, the need for the continued development and expansion of our local film industry workforce and companies is critical. We invite you to explore our website’s resources to learn more about ways you can plug in to the industry and start your careers now! Start with our Getting Started in Film page with resources such as tips for beginners,  jobs and internships listings, webinars including OF+MO’s FREE Pivotal Work Series and OF+MO Film School, educational opportunities and more!. You may also register in the Oklahoma Production Directory as an intern in order to gain on-set experience. OF+MO periodically accepts intern applications as well. For more information about networking events, workshops, webinars and more in Oklahoma, subscribe to our e-mail notifications and monthly newsletter, Now Playing, and follow us on social media (@okfilmmusic).

How can I network with other Oklahoma creative media professionals?

Networking is crucial to connect with our state’s creative media professionals. Suggested opportunities include exploring local social media networking groups, film and music festivals and OF+MO sponsored events. Career, volunteer and internship opportunities exist within many of the state’s arts-centered organizations, events and festivals. For more information about these opportunities, please visit our jobs and internships pages, browse our list of film resources and subscribe to our e-blasts and monthly newsletter, Now Playing.

How can I be cast in a movie or T.V. show?

OF+MO provides casting calls on our jobs page. The majority of casting in the state is done through talent and casting agencies. Please visit our Production Directory for a list of those agencies as they will have the most updated information on available casting opportunities in the state.

Where can I get a list of talent agents?

Please visit the Oklahoma Production Directory to search for more information on local talent agencies or contact Yousef Kazemi.

How do I get distribution for my movie?

Distribution is one of the largest hurdles for independent filmmakers. The Oklahoma Production Directory offers information on local distribution companies. Submitting your film to festivals is a great way to showcase your work to audiences and film industry professionals including distributors. Prestigious international film festivals like Sundance, South by Southwest and Tribeca provide great platforms for distribution. Local film festivals like deadCENTER Film Festival also provide filmmakers with distribution workshops and opportunities. With the rise in streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, the distribution model is rapidly changing.

Locations

How does OF+MO assist with location scouting?

OF+MO can arrange for a physical location scout to locations within the state on a case-by-case basis; however, we do not provide monetary travel compensations for productions. The fastest and most effective method to explore Oklahoma’s diverse locations is by accessing our online database, the Oklahoma Locations Directory. Users of the directory can explore thousands of photo galleries highlighting potential filming destinations across the state’s 12 different eco-regions. Inquiries about specific filming locations can be sent to OF+MO via e-mail correspondence through the directory.

How can I have my property used in a film?

OF+MO is continuously seeking locations to populate our online database, the Oklahoma Locations Directory. Sharing your property for potential use in a film production is a fairly streamlined process. Simply scout your location (take photographs) and OF+MO can create a customized login whereby you can upload your photos directly to our database. Alternative methods of submitting location photos can be arranged on a case-by-case basis. For questions about sharing your location, please contact Yousef Kazemi.

I need rural locations for my production. Can I still base out of a larger city?

Rural locations can be found widespread across the state. The two largest cities in Oklahoma – Oklahoma City and Tulsa – often provide the most infrastructure and crew support for film, television and music productions, though other cities can also accommodate film productions. For more information, please contact Yousef Kazemi.

Crew

Where can I find information about production services?

Please visit the Oklahoma Production Directory for information about production services or contact Yousef Kazemi for further questions.

Is there experienced film crew in Oklahoma?

Yes, Oklahoma has experienced crew and support services, which are listed in the Oklahoma Production Directory. Currently, our industry is about 2-3 crews deep, however, OF+MO offers an additional layer of crew through our expatriate roster upon request. Expatriates are Oklahoma natives currently working in the film industry who are based outside of Oklahoma. For more information about Oklahoma expatriates or to register as an expatriate, please visit the Oklahoma Production Directory or email Yousef Kazemi.

Where is the film crew located in the state?

Most of our film crews are located in the state’s two largest cities, Oklahoma City and Tulsa; however, many of our crew members are willing to work statewide and have experience working in both urban and rural communities.

How can I get the word out about my company?

Registering in the Oklahoma Production Directory is the best way to promote your business to the state’s film, television and music industries. The Oklahoma Production Directory is an online database which allows our local industry crew members and film-friendly businesses to register their trades and services to be considered for employment by film and television productions working in Oklahoma. Registrants in the directory can upload their contact information, credits, resumés and more. The directory is a free service offered by OF+MO to promote jobs creation and economic development within the film and music industries.

**OF+MO promotes the Production Directory equally to all productions and does not give recommendations for any individuals or entity.

Filming in Oklahoma

What are some of the benefits to filming in Oklahoma?

Oklahoma offers one of the highest cash rebate percentages in the nation at a potential maximum of 38%. With a base of up to 20% and several possible percentage uplifts, even small independent films will find the Filmed in Oklahoma Act easily accessible. There are no caps for how much a single project may obtain in rebates, however, the program has a $30 million cap per fiscal year (July 1-June 30), with $22.5 million being allocated for budgets of at least $7.5 million and $7.5 million being allocated for budgets less than $7.5 million.

An extremely wide breadth of filming locations can be found among Oklahoma’s 12 eco-regions, with everything from the trademark great plains and sweeping prairies to the unexpected lush forest, expansive plateaus and sand dunes. For any project coming to the state, film-friendly Oklahoma businesses are eager to offer up heartland hospitality to productions, big and small.

These film-friendly elements combined with the low cost of living and favorable economy make Oklahoma a prime destination for your next film, television or music production.

How do I find out about productions that are currently filming in Oklahoma?

For a list of productions that have been pre-qualified for the Filmed in Oklahoma Act, including their tentative dates of filming, please visit our rebate queue. You may also subscribe to our e-mail notifications and monthly newsletter, Now Playing, for more information on film and music news and events in Oklahoma.

Does OF+MO have stock footage of Oklahoma?

OF+MO does not have stock footage available, however, many of our state’s production companies do offer this service. Please visit the Oklahoma Production Directory for a listing of applicable companies and their contact information.

Do I have to get permission to film in Oklahoma?

Yes, all productions filming in Oklahoma should obtain permission from their respective filming locations prior to the start of production. Permission to film on private properties must be agreed upon by the production and property owner. Properties and locations maintained by city, state, government or other municipalities require permission from their governing agency. For information about permitting, please visit our film resources page or email Yousef Kazemi for more information.

Do I need a new permit for each filming location?

Most locations will require individual permits and location agreements per location. Oklahoma does not currently offer “blanket” permits which allow a production to film across an entire city or region. For information about permitting, please visit our film resources page or email Yousef Kazemi for more information.

How much does it cost to film on state property?

Rates for filming on state property are dependent upon the impact of your production on the requested location including, but not limited to, the requested date/time of your filming, cast/crew size, equipment load and required special assistance, such as closures, traffic control and added on-site security or personnel.

If my shoot requires pyrotechnics, who do I contact?

Please contact your jurisdiction’s local fire department or city services office for production activity involving pyrotechnic elements. For further assistance, you may contact Yousef Kazemi.

If my shoot requires traffic control, who do I contact?

Please contact your jurisdiction’s local police department or city services office for traffic control and special assistance on roadways. For further assistance, you may contact Yousef Kazemi.

Where can I find information on Oklahoma child labor laws?

Information on child labor laws pertaining to the entertainment industry can be found in the Labor Laws and Organizations sections of our film resources page. You may also contact the Oklahoma Department of Labor for more information.

Do I have to have insurance to film in Oklahoma?

The State of Oklahoma does not require film productions to carry insurance. However, films utilizing the Filmed in Oklahoma Act administered by OF+MO must meet specific insurance requirements as mandated by the guidelines of the program without exception. Film productions are strongly advised to have insurance policies in place to ensure the safety of cast, crew and locations while filming in Oklahoma – and many of these parties will prohibit filming and/or their involvement with the production without a policy in place.

Is Oklahoma union or right to work?

Oklahoma is a right-to-work state.

About Oklahoma

What is the weather like in Oklahoma?

Oklahoma has a wide range of weather patterns which allow for filming in any season. With a generally temperate climate, the statewide average temperature is 60 degrees, but temperatures may dip below zero in the winter and soar above 100 in the summer. While the east and south are more humid, the west is dry. Rainfall varies from 15 inches in the northwest to more than 50 inches in the southeast. Statewide annual precipitation is 33.79 inches. Snowfalls, ranging from two inches a year in the southeast to 25 inches in the northwest, rarely remain on the ground for more than a few days. For customized weather forecasts during filming please contact the National Weather Service.

What is the nightlife like in Oklahoma?

With countless venues and events throughout the state, there is always something to do in Oklahoma! We offer an events calendar on our website with numerous film and music events in the state. In addition, Oklahoma has over 125 film and music festivals, Oklahoma City Thunder basketball, the Oklahoma Dodgers and Tulsa Drillers baseball and many concerts throughout the year at the Bank of Oklahoma Center in Tulsa or Chesapeake Event Center in Oklahoma City. The TravelOK.com events calendar provides a comprehensive list of statewide events of all types.

Music

I want to work in the music industry and have no experience. How do I get started?

There is a place for YOU in the Oklahoma music industry! As the entertainment industry continues to flourish both globally and here in Oklahoma, the need for the continued development and expansion of our local music industry workforce and companies is critical. We invite you to explore our website’s resources to learn more about ways you can plug in to the industry and start your careers now! Start with our Getting Started in Music page with resources such as tips for beginners,  jobs and internships listings, webinars, including OF+MO’s FREE Pivotal Work Series, educational opportunities and more! Additionally, OF+MO periodically accepts intern applications. For more information about networking events, workshops, webinars and more in Oklahoma, subscribe to our e-mail notifications and monthly newsletter, Now Playing, and follow us on social media (@okfilmmusic).

I am an artist. How can I book more gigs in Oklahoma?

There is no single way for artists to book gigs in Oklahoma, though networking and self-promotion are key elements in this process. In addition to the suggestions above, we recommend registration in the music talent category in the Oklahoma Music Directory. Additionally, you may search the Oklahoma Music Directory’s music business categories for booking agents to assist you or contact venues to find out more. OF+MO also lists several open calls for music events throughout the year.

How can I get my music in a film or television show?

There is no single way to have your music licensed for film and television, however, OF+MO hosts the Oklahoma Music Directory, a FREE online datebase. Films utilizing the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program can earn an extra 2% cash rebate for using music that was produced or recorded in Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Music Directory is the only official listing of Oklahoma music talent and music businesses. You can also access our rebate queue for a list of current projects filming in Oklahoma. We encourage you to attend our networking events and local film festivals to meet filmmakers who have the potential of using Oklahoma music.

Do I need a permit to have a music festival in Oklahoma?

Yes. There are multiple permits that may be required depending on the type of event you are looking to host, including noise permits and alcohol permits. Please review our music permitting page for more details.

How can I let musicians know about my Music Business?

OF+MO hosts the Oklahoma Music Directory, the state’s official listing of music talent and music businesses. Be sure to register so people can find you as a resource.

I am looking for Oklahoma talent for my music event. Can you help me?

OF+MO hosts the Oklahoma Music Directory, the state’s official listing of music talent and music businesses. You can use this directory to browse talent listings by genre or location.

Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO)

What services does OF+MO provide the film and music industries?

Film: The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) strives to support and connect local, national and international filmmakers with Oklahoma’s skilled crew, talent, production services and diverse locations which span across 12 eco-regions. OF+MO administers the Filmed in Oklahoma Act and connects filmmakers to a variety of local resources, including location portfolios, location permitting, local crew and support services via our online Locations Directory and Production Directory. We can also announce open call for entries as well as any crew and casting/extras calls.

Music: OF+MO promotes and showcases Oklahoma’s rich musical heritage and connects emerging artists of all genres to music venues and businesses across the state with the Oklahoma Music Directory. If you have a music festival or event, we can host or announce your open call for entries.

Our purpose is to grow the film and music industries statewide.

How is OF+MO funded?

OF+MO is a state agency within the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, which receives funding from the State of Oklahoma.

What is the difference between OF+MO and the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts and Culture?

OF+MO is the state agency tasked with managing the Filmed in Oklahoma Act rebate program and supporting the film and music industries on a statewide level.

The Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture provides resources to further grow, develop and enhance the Tulsa Region’s creative industries including film, music and arts, all while promoting Tulsa as a creative hub and cultural destination for these industries.

Can OF+MO help me find an industry job?

OF+MO provides a listing of jobs including cast and crew calls, internships and volunteer opportunities. We also list call for entries for film and music festivals and events. Additionally, we host the Oklahoma Production Directory and the Oklahoma Music Directory where local talent can register for FREE so that they can be located by those looking to fill positions in their next film or music project.

How can I get an internship with OF+MO?

OF+MO offers internship opportunities year round where interns have a chance to learn how the state supports the film and music industries while assisting the office with day-to-day tasks. For details and to apply, visit our Internship Page.

Are there any film school programs in our region?

Yes! Visit the Educational Opportunities page for a list of film and music programs at Oklahoma colleges and universities, as well as workshops and trade schools.
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