The center has benefited from three previous state bond issues totaling $63 million, as well as $14.5 million in federal funding and $4.9 million and 250 acres of land from Oklahoma City. A bill authorizing a $40 million bond issue for the center failed by one vote last year in the Senate. A growing number of legislators are leery about increasing the state's bond indebtedness.
Tulsa has pledged $3 million and Bank of Oklahoma has pledged a block of land valued at $2.5 million in the Brady Arts District for the OK Pop museum. A private campaign has been launched with a $1 million challenge grant from the George Kaiser Family Foundation.