MUSIC AWARDS

Andrew Mikus (left) of the Tulsa Music Awards presented a check for $1,000 to wish ambassador Katie Goss and Beverly Mullen of Make-A-Wish Oklahoma during a Monday news conference in which a new venue was announced for the awards ceremony. The 2020 Tulsa Music Awards will be held at Cain's Ballroom. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

The Tulsa Music Awards (formerly known as the We Are Tulsa Music Awards) has experienced enough growth during its brief existence to move to a larger venue.

The second annual awards ceremony featured live performances and was held March 9 at IDL Ballroom. The 2020 awards ceremony will be staged April 11 at Cain’s Ballroom.

“We are going to up the ante,” Andrew Mikus, public relations and marketing director for the Tulsa Music Awards, said. “We are going to do it bigger and better here because the people of Tulsa are showing the support of the music community here in Tulsa.”

The announcement was made during a Monday press conference at Cain’s Ballroom. Also during the press conference, news was delivered that the name of the We Are Tulsa Music Awards is being shortened to the the Tulsa Music Awards. The intent of the Tulsa Music Awards is to shine a spotlight on local music and gain exposure for local artists.

Mikus said the 2019 awards ceremony sold out at IDL Ballroom. A check for $1,000 of proceeds was presented by Mikus to Make-A-Wish Oklahoma at the press conference. Wish ambassador Katie Goss of Vinita and Beverly Mullen, community engagement and development coordinator for Make-A-Wish Oklahoma, were on site for the presentation.

Mikus said Make-A-Wish Oklahoma was chosen as the Tulsa Music Awards’ beneficiary this year because the organization helps children.

Asked why Cain’s Ballroom was selected as the venue for the 2020 awards ceremony, Mikus said, “Room. Stage. History. This is all about Tulsa music right here, Cain’s Ballroom.”

An open forum to gain feedback about the Tulsa Music Awards has been scheduled Sunday, April 14 at the Westbound Club, 6161 S. 33rd West Ave. The open forum will begin at 4 p.m.

Jimmie Tramel 918-581-8389

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Jimmie is a pop culture and feature writer at the Tulsa World. A former Oklahoma sports writer of the year, he has written books about former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer and former Oklahoma State football coach Pat Jones. Phone: 918-581-8389