Online Database Launched for Oklahoma Music Industry

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The Oklahoma Film & Music Office has launched an online searchable database for musical entertainment and related businesses, officials announced Monday.

The Oklahoma Music Guide is not only a portal for consumers looking for a particular talent, but is also intended to bring producers and artists together and improve opportunities for business development in the state, agency Director Jill Simpson said.

"It's a great way for the Oklahoma music industry to network with each other and to market themselves to the outside at no cost to them," she said. "There's just so much going on in the music industry right now that it would be a mistake to not help out in some way."

The guide was formally unveiled at the Norman Music Festival over the weekend. By Monday afternoon, the database already had about 130 entries for music businesses and 200 musicians or music group entries. Some of those users' profiles fell under multiple categories.

The Electric Primadonnas band was the first to register as "avant garde - other" and the only group in that category. Band manager Adam Seely agreed with Simpson that the site has potential.

The five-member band out of Norman also performs indie rock, alternative and experimental. Since forming in 2006, they have produced five albums.

"Nowadays it's all about self-promotion and less about relying on labels," Seely said. "You really have to find ways to get your band out there. …