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Testimonial: ACM@UCO graduate Jennifer Tindal

Jennifer Tindal is a graduate of Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma. She recently visited our downtown Oklahoma City campus, and shared how ACM@UCO helped her develop her career in the music business.

Visit acm.uco.edu for more information and to enroll today!

 

Stay Updated And Safe By Visiting UCO Website For Information

March 25, 2020: UCO Physical Campus to Close; Virtual Campus Open

A message from University of Central Oklahoma President Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar:

Consistent with governmental action designed to slow the spread of the virus, the UCO physical campus will close to all but essential employees at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 26 through at least April 15.

Please read the full update on our UCO website: uco.edu/coronavirus.

New Music: The Sweet Talkers, “Mixed Signals”

Hear and read about local band The Sweet Talkers’ newest single “Mixed Signals,” available for streaming and download. Make Oklahoma Weirder says of the tune:

Groove is in the heartache. At least, that would seem to be the case on the darker side of The Sweet Talkers’ disco ball moon. The OKC band is no stranger to nocturnal beats and misty synths, sounds inspired by past tides of alternative rock in the 2000s and new wave/post-punk in the ’80s. … The Sweet Talkers are back with “Mixed Signals,” a new single that further explores the band’s taste for glam and gloom. It officially drops everywhere tomorrow, but you can stream it now at the player below in this Make Oklahoma Weirder early premiere.

Check out the full blog and hear the new song at MakeOklahomaWeirder.com.

The band also features ACM alumni Tyler Branstetter & Dakota Green.

Reminder: Spring Break Extended for Students; Transition to Alternative Instruction Starts March 28

A reminder: The University of Central Oklahoma (and ACM@UCO) will extend spring break by one week, March 23-27, for students only, and will transition to alternative instructional delivery methods from March 28 through the end of the spring semester.

All university-related events of any size for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester have been canceled.illustration of close-up view of coronavirus

Visit the university website for Coronavirus Updates and Resources to learn more:  uco.edu/coronavirus.

For updates from the Oklahoma Department of Health, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.

ACM@UCO Presents High School Night on March 5

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma presents HIGH SCHOOL NIGHT, 6 p.m. March 5 at the ACM Live Room, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Bricktown. Admission is free!

text poster with outline of crowd in shadow and lightning bolts around the yellow words High School Night. It includes the bands playing, date and time info.LINEUP:

• Downer

• The Major Fifths

• Dr. Deuss

• Chloe Batson

Doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m.

ACM@UCO presents Metro Music Series performances, masterclasses, clinics and workshops by ACM-affiliated music acts, as well as regional, national and international industry luminaries.

Metro Music Series is sponsored by Downtown OKC Partnership, Bricktown, Painted Door Gift Boutique, Oklahoma Film + Music Office, Hal Smith Restaurants, The Wedge Pizzeria and Exchange Music.

Free Drum Clinic with Rich Redmond Happens Feb. 28 at ACM@UCO

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma presents a drum clinic led by Rich Redmond, the drummer for Jason Aldean, at noon Feb. 28 at the ACM Live Room, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Bricktown.

Admission is free and open to the public!

Text flyer with Drummer Rich Redmond, dressed in black, sits on a riser with his drum kit behind him, which he uses when he tours with country music star Jason AldeanRedmond is a world-class drummer who has toured with country music star Jason Aldean for over 20 years. He’s also an award-wining producer, songwriter, speaker, author, actor and recording drummer who has worked with artists such as Ludacris, Kelly Clarkson, Bryan Adams, Bob Seger, Joe Perry, Garth Brooks, Chris Stapleton, Jewel and Chris Cornell, to name a few.

Redmond is a four-time winner of Modern Drummer magazine’s “Country Drummer of the Year” honor, and his resume includes more than two-dozen No. 1 singles.

ACM@UCO presents Metro Music Series performances, masterclasses, clinics and workshops by ACM-affiliated music acts, as well as regional, national and international industry luminaries.

Metro Music Series is sponsored by Downtown OKC Partnership, Bricktown, Painted Door Gift Boutique, Oklahoma Film + Music Office, Hal Smith Restaurants, The Wedge Pizzeria and Exchange Music.

Oklahoma Film + Music Office Internship Application Deadline is Jan. 15

The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) is now accepting applications for the 2020 Spring Internship Program. OF+MO seeks to provide selected interns with an understanding of the film and music industries in a professional state agency setting by involving them in diverse projects throughout the spring semester. Application deadline is Jan. 15, 2020.

OF+MO supports our state’s thriving film and music industries by administering the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program and connecting filmmakers and musicians with jobs, local businesses and diverse locations. Located on Film Row in Oklahoma City, OF+MO is a division of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, which includes Oklahoma Today, Discover Oklahoma, Oklahoma State Parks and Travel.

We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in or enthusiasm for film, music, public relations or marketing for specialized projects. Interns will be selected based on previous experience, professionalism and university level. Priority will be given to those in their junior or senior year. Previous office experience is a plus.

Position Details

Intern responsibilities will include researching and compiling film and music events throughout Oklahoma for our website and our monthly newsletter, Now Playing.

Chosen candidates will gain valuable experience in the development of OF+MO’s Production Directory, Locations Directory and Music Directory by assisting in research and data input. Interns will also support the office by locating and archiving press articles, conducting research, assisting with marketing inventory and/or other various special projects.

Interns may be given the opportunity to participate in locations scouting and set visits, experience special events sponsored by OF+MO and will be exposed to other divisions within tourism. Assistance with general office opening and closing duties is required and expected on a daily basis. Internships are not production-based.

All internships are unpaid and open to those seeking college credit toward graduation. It is the responsibility of the intern and the student’s advisor to track their hours and complete all enrollment and coursework requirements in accordance to their college or university.

If interested, please fill out the intern application form providing a resume and cover letter.

APPLY HERE: Deadline for submission is Wednesday, January 15.

Oklahoma-raised Musician Audra Mae Announces 2 Homecoming Performances; Donation of Show Proceeds to ACM@UCO

You’re probably familiar with her work even if you don’t recognize her name — L.A./Nashville-based singer-songwriter Audra Mae has co-written award-nominated songs for an array of chart-topping artists such as Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert, among others.

The Oklahoma native recently announced a live stream appearance at Honest Ron’s Guitar Shop, 6:30 p.m. June 14 at 1129 N. May Ave. The following night will be a special live homecoming performance at Oklahoma City’s iconic Blue Door, 8 p.m. June 15 at 2805 N. McKinley Ave.

Singer-songwriter Audra Mae in a pink bomber jacket and wearing a ponytail. She performs June 14 at Honest Ron’s Guitar Shop, and June 15 at The Blue Door in Oklahoma City.

Audra Mae

Mae has gained critical praise for her songwriting style and her unique vocal tone, both of which emotively and deftly maneuver multiple styles and genres. Her work has been featured in 21 film and television shows, and she’s further cultivated a broad fanbase with songs that she recorded for popular television shows like The Good Wife and Sons of Anarchy.

In 2018, Mae released the album “Love, Audra Mae,” a love letter to the loyal fans that mean so much to her. It also features songwriting contributions and guest appearances from Laura “LP” Pergolizzi, Julia Karlsson, Paul O’Duffy, Jimmy Harry, Aaron Raitiere, Todd Spadafore, Sean McConnell and Anton Rundberg.

“Not one to be tied to any specific genre, Audra works with the best in country, alternative, rock, hip-hop, traditional pop, EDM and basically every other popular musical form,” the Songwriters Hall of Fame said when it awarded her its Abe Olman Scholarship in 2014.

“Audra Mae and the Almighty Sound is the exciting kind of music that gives us a reason to put on the headphones every night,” said Ear to the Ground of her 2012 album. “Her voice is smoky, sultry, and powerful.”

That album also landed a hit for Miranda Lambert, who released a cover of Mae’s “Little Red Wagon” in 2015.

Mae co-wrote the song “Fall In Line” with Christina Aguilera who performed the hit as a duet with Demi Lovato at the 2018 Billboard Awards. In a special appearance on ABC’s Nashville, Aguilera covered Mae’s “The Real Thing” as well as “Shotgun,” a song Mae wrote with Sean McConnell.

When explaining the two types of songwriters, “the kind that write for money and those that write because it’s fun,” she told the Songwriting Hall of Fame, “When I started working with the latter, that’s when my work got much better. I love collaborating because, when you have writer’s block, it’s important to have someone to bounce ideas off of.”

(Ask nicely, and Mae might tell you more about her great-aunt, Judy Garland — she’s even covered Garland’s signature song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”)

About Audra Mae

Mae grew up playing guitar and piano and performing in local theaters across the Oklahoma City metro area before graduating from Putnam City High School. She attended college at Middle Tennessee State University for a year before moving to Los Angeles with only $20 in her pocket. During her time in L.A., she performed just about anywhere and anytime the opportunity greeted her. During one of those shows, someone from a large publishing company took notice. Soon, she signed a contract with Warner/Chappell Music.

Mae also will be appearing at Honest Ron’s Guitar Shop, where Ron Lira sold Mae her first custom electric guitar made from wormwood (the distinguishable holes in the wood were filled with glitter). The following day marks her return to the Blue Door, a listening room that’s well-known for hosting legendary singer-songwriters Jimmy Webb, Eliza Gilkyson and Arlo Guthrie, among others.

She said she sees the music industry flourishing in Oklahoma and at the center of it is the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), located in the heart of Oklahoma City’s Bricktown entertainment district. Concert proceeds will benefit ACM@UCO as it prepares students for careers in the music industry through a focused curriculum as well as real-world networking opportunities. For more information about ACM@UCO, visit acm.uco.edu.

~ Press release by Warner/Chappell intern and ACM@UCO student Chandler Elliot.

Check Out FREE deadCenter Filmmaker Panels Saturday at ACM@UCO!

The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) is proud to be a returning sponsor of the 19th annual deadCenter Film Festival taking place Thursday, June 6, through Sunday, June 9, 2019, at multiple locations in downtown Oklahoma City.

Colorful graphic for deadCenter Film Festival featuring orange, green, blue, red, black and purple boxes with line-type graphics of an eyeball, film, lights and the event dates of June 6-9 2019Oklahoma Film ICON Panel Series at ACM@UCO

OF+MO, in conjunction with deadCenter, hosts the Oklahoma Film ICON Panel Series all day Saturday, June 8 at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), located on the Bricktown Canal at 25 S. Oklahoma Ave.

The series features intimate conversations with special guests, including this year’s featured festival filmmakers and ICON award recipients.

These panels are free and open to both the public and festival goers.

The panels provide attendees networking and educational opportunities. Topics include actors-turned-directors, documentary storytelling, content creation, locations scouting, special effects makeup, cinematic lighting and the future of Oklahoma’s film industry.

Confirmed panelists include Graham Phillips (“Riverdale”, “The Bygone”), Alison Naifeh (“August: Osage County”, “I Can Only Imagine”), Steve Mathis (“Mrs. Doubtfire”, “Moulin Rouge”), Steve LaPorte (“Beetlejuice”, “X-Men”, “The Color Purple”), Jeffrey Palmer (“Words From a Bear”), Luke Dick (“Red Dog”), Paul Stuart (Amaze VR), Tava Maloy Sofsky (Oklahoma Film + Music Office) and Hayden Szeto and Grant Rosenmeyer (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”).

These panels run 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at ACM@UCO, 25. S. Oklahoma Ave. in Bricktown. Admission is free and open to the public and deadCenter festivalgoers.

Steve LaPorta adds special effects makeup to what appears to be a Beatlejuice actor in this undated file photo

Special EFX Make-up with Oklahoma Film ICON Steve LaPorte is 2 p.m. Saturday at ACM@UCO during deadCenter Film Festival. LaPorte has been lead make-up artist for “Lost,” with a Special Effects Make-Up Oscar for “Beetlejuice” and Emmy for “The X-Files.”

Panel schedule:

• 10 a.m.: Actor as Storyteller
• 11 a.m.: Documentary Storytelling
• 12 p.m.: Future of Content Creation and Distribution
• 1 p.m.: Location Scouting with Alison Naifeh
• 2 p.m.: Special EFX Make-Up with Steve LaPorte
• 3 p.m.: Creating Beautiful Images with Gaffer Steve Mathis
• 4 p.m.: Future of Oklahoma Film

2019 deadCenter Film Festival

deadCenter promotes, encourages and celebrates independent films with both the organization’s annual film festival, as well as their year-round educational outreach via the deadCenter Institute. Named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” and “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,” deadCenter received a record-breaking 1,500 film submissions this year.

One-hundred-forty films were selected, including 38 projects either made in Oklahoma or by Oklahoma filmmakers. “The Bygone,” “Hosea” and “Trolls: Stop Motion” animated series, which each utilized the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program administered by OF+MO, will screen at the festival.

Earlier this year at the festival’s May kick-off event, OF+MO was named one of deadCenter’s Oklahoma Film ICON Award recipients in recognition of OF+MO’s 40th anniversary as a state office. This distinction honors individuals or organizations with ties to Oklahoma whose success in the film and entertainment sector has elevated the global perception of the state within the film industry. This year’s other Icon Award honorees are Academy Award winning make-up artist and Oklahoma City native Steve La Porte, OU graduate and gaffer and lighting technician Steve Mathis and renowned location scout and Enid native Alison Naifeh.

“OF+MO is honored to continue its sponsorship of the deadCenter Film Festival in its 19th year,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “The growth of the deadCenter Film Festival alongside our local film industry has been tremendous, and we’re so proud of the Oklahoma representation across the board at this year’s festival. We look forward to recognizing the accomplishments of our industry at deadCenter as well as connecting with festival audiences at the educational ICON panel series. On behalf of OF+MO, I would like to thank deadCenter as well as the hosting venue, ACM@UCO, for their contributions to the festival’s panel series.”

For a complete schedule of screenings and events as well as information on purchasing all-access passes and tickets, please visit deadcenterfilm.org.

About Oklahoma Film + Music Office

Created in 1979, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) 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 okfilmmusic.org.

The Space Program Hip-Hop Collective Inspires ‘Fortitude, Resilience and Innovation’

The Space Program, a hip-hop collective of more than two dozen Black, collegiate artists and entrepreneurs from across Oklahoma, recently released the album “Curriculum of the Mind,” which was celebrated April 25 with a showcase at ACM@UCO Performance Lab.

Christopher G. Acoff, aka Original Flow poses with his hands folded across his chest in this black-and-white portrait

Christopher G. Acoff, aka Original Flow

Among others, the TSP collective features UCO-tied alumni and students, including audio engineer Myles Adams; Christopher G. Acoff, aka Original Flow, who earned a Music Business degree at ACM@UCO; ACM Contemporary Music Production graduate James Curd, aka Deezy; and UCO student Makeen Khalifa, aka Makeen.

Portions of TSP’s debut video for the album’s title track were recorded on the UCO campus in Edmond.

“The true essence of this dissertation album was the ability to see the progression of students, particularly ACM students (e.g. artists, poets, rappers, producers, audio engineers, etc.), come together and masterfully create something that will forever be timeless, both in the hip-hop and educational communities,” said TSP’s CEO, DJ and producer Dr. View, aka Stevie Johnson, who is also the former Assistant Director of Diversity Retention in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Stevie Johnson, aka DJ and producer Dr. View, stands with his headphones pulled above his ears as he looks at the camera in this color portrait.

Stevie Johnson, aka DJ and producer Dr. View

He also recently received his Ph.D in Higher Education Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

“Many studies do not allow students to authentically express themselves in ways that speak to their epistemological and ontological perspectives. The fortitude, resilience and innovation of these students developed a new avenue of hip-hop scholarship that academia not only has to respect, but that will be used as a blueprint for educators for years to come,” Johnson said.

“In short, these students is helping the world recognize that hip-hop and education can and will work together for the betterment of creating social change,” he added.