The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) is proud to present the second event in its Networking + Mentoring Series “Hear + Now: Marketing and Distribution from the Label and Artist Perspective” on October 26, 2016, at the 21c Museum Hotel in the west end of Oklahoma City’s Film Row district. The goal of this series is to provide a dynamic networking opportunity for professionals, students and enthusiasts involved in the film and music industries. Each event features renowned guests who provide insight and expertise related to topics within their specific field.
On the heels of a wildly successful film-focused event in the spring featuring Kristofer McNeeley of MarVista Entertainment, this follow-up, music-focused event will feature panelists David Macias, Owner/President of Thirty Tigers, a Nashville independent record label, music marketing and distribution company, to speak alongside prolific Oklahoma singer/songwriter Samantha Crain. This event will offer musicians, music business owners and fans a unique opportunity as they are given a rare glimpse into the music industry from both the label and artist perspective and provide guests with valuable insight into navigating the complex system of artist representation, promotion, marketing and distribution.
Managing an impressive catalogue of artists and providing marketing and distribution for album releases by several Oklahoma acts including John Moreland, Parker Millsap, John Fullbright, Wanda Jackson and “Hear + Now” guest speaker, Samantha Crain, Thirty Tigers has been described as the “un-music label” with policies and practices that directly benefit the artists themselves while challenging the traditional model of artist compensation.
Samantha Crain has become an international success, known for her incredible vocals, full of expansive melodies that veer off in unpredictable directions, with lyrics that explore conflicting emotions with uncommon insight and compassion. A Choctaw Indian, Crain grew up in the small town of Shawnee, Oklahoma listening to her father’s Dylan and Neil Young records, and trying her hand at writing short stories. These influences inspired her as a songwriter today. She has since released several albums, most recently “Under Branch & Thorn & Tree”, currently under distribution by Thirty Tigers and has toured nationally and internationally, gaining a vast audience of fans.
“Hear + Now: Marketing and Distribution from the Label and Artist Perspective” will take place on Wednesday, October 26 at the 21c Museum Hotel, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a networking mixer featuring light snacks and beverages and a performance by Tulsa-based singer/songwriter Kalyn Fay, followed by a seated panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. A Q&A will follow. Scott Booker, Flaming Lips Manager and CEO of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma will moderate the discussion. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring together such talented speakers to impart wisdom and knowledge to our large pool of talent and to those who have a role in growing Oklahoma’s music scene. It’s not every day you get a chance to spend an evening in the same room with such a caliber of people, so we look forward to a successful evening with students, music-makers and artists of all ages from all corners of our state and region. We’d also like to thank our Studio Oklahoma community partners as well as the 21c Museum Hotel for their belief in our film and music industries and for their amazing support to help us bring quality events to our industry members,” says OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky.
This event is brought to you by the Oklahoma Film + Music Office and Studio Oklahoma partners including presenting sponsor the 21c Museum Hotel as well as Freestyle Creative, Dunlap Codding, Cellar Door Music Group, ACM@UCO and The Oklahoma Songwriters Festival. Freestyle Creative, ACM@UCO and the Oklahoma Songwriter’s Festival will provide giveaways. Attendance is Free.
About the Oklahoma Film + Music Office:
Created in 1979, The Oklahoma Film + Music Office strives to share all that Oklahoma has to offer by welcoming filmmakers and music professionals to the state and by creating a network of support to develop Oklahoma’s film and music industries. For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program or the Oklahoma Film + Music Office please visit www.okfilmmusic.org.