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#GivingTuesdayNow Campaign to Raise Funds for OKM’s 36th Festival

Posted: April 24, 2020

BARTLESVILLE, Okla (April 23, 2020) - The OKM Music Festival is celebrating its 36th year as Oklahoma’s premier music festival. Since its beginning as only a three-day weekend festival in 1985, OKM has a rich history with Bartlesville and the state of Oklahoma by hosting internationally acclaimed artists such as Sons of Serendip, Canadian Brass, Anne-Marie McDemott, Wilson Phillips, Kristen Chenoweth, Miró and many more.

This year, guests will enjoy a multi-genre, multi-venue personal music experience featuring artists of the highest caliber. Artists include Dallas String Quartet, Tina Guo, Verona Quartet, Grady Nichols, Wynona Wang (formerly Yi-Nuo Wang), The Clark Gibson Quintet, Balsam Range, and Dallas Brass.

Due to the ongoing travel-ban at the Canada-United States border, Canadian Brass will now be performing during the 2021 OKM Music Festival in lieu of its original plans of performing at Woolaroc this year. Fan favorite from 2019, Dallas Brass, will be returning to Bartlesville as the highlighted artist now at Woolaroc. Current ticketholders will have the option to receive a refund for their Woolaroc tickets, keep their tickets or donate their ticket as a donation to OKM. Please contact OKM Music at 918-336-9900 for any questions regarding ticket-handling options.

“We are so grateful to have Dallas Brass come back and join us with such short notice to once again dazzle the audience with their energetic and wonderful sounds from their American Journey tour.  Michael Levine, the director, has quite a show planned.  It will definitely have our audience wanting to dance,” says OKM Chairman of the Board Mary Lynn Mihm.

OKM Music is fully committed to the health and safety of our patrons, artists, staff and community, and with that commitment, the OKM Board of Directors will be making a decision by Friday, May 1st in compliance with recommendations from state and local health authorities regarding the 2020 OKM Music Festival. In the event of postponement, the 2020 festival will be rescheduled for September 4-10, 2020. 

In preparation for the 2020 festival, OKM is announcing its upcoming #GivingTuesdayNow campaign on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 by hosting a variety of videos featuring local and state-wide performers as a way to bring awareness for the arts and to raise funds for OKM. Throughout this time of social distancing, musicians and artists around the world have been performing diligently to encourage us all through art and song. 

 “Starting at 10:00 a.m., we will begin showcasing artists performing on our Facebook page each hour during the day as a way to bring the community together, virtually,” says Marketing Director Ryan Martin.

Giving Tuesday announced that May 5 will be a global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. People can show their generosity on #GivingTuesdayNow by giving online through OKM’s Facebook page: OK MOZART, at OKM’s website: www.okmmusic.org, or by mailing a donation to 415 S. Dewey Ave. Ste. 100, Bartlesville, OK 74003.

“The COVID-19 Virus has profoundly affected each of us individually, our families and our community. The music industry has been collectively hit hard.  The mandatory performance cancellations, travel constraints, and social distancing requirements have had dramatic consequences for the industry as a whole. Yet, through all of these struggles and uncertainties, I have never been more impressed and inspired by the heart of these artists. They continue to share free concerts, write songs that make us cry and smile, and hold benefit live-streamed concerts to help others that are hurting from the virus. Their ingenuity and adaptation to this crisis have truly been remarkable. Now more than ever, we are asking for your support for OKM and its artists. OKM and the arts matter to this community and our state.  While music not only brings joy to its patrons, it brings tourism dollars and jobs to Bartlesville,” says Mihm.

Funding from this campaign will be dedicated to the artist fees for the upcoming 36th annual OKM Music Festival, and OKM’s mission of making music accessible to the entire community. For more information, to purchase tickets, donate or volunteer, please visit okmmusic.org. 

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Fan favorite, Dallas Brass, is returning to Bartlesville to perform at Woolaroc for OKM’s 36th festival.

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