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Music Sync Up New Orleans Business Alliance Jazz and Heritage FoundationThe New Orleans Business Alliance and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation today announced the second Sync Up workshop to help local musicians earn more money for their art. 

“We want to create an economy that works for our local artists,” said Quentin Messer, Jr., president and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance. “A crucial step in this process is ensuring our musicians have resources and the knowledge of how to protect and profit from their creative works. Ultimately, we want our artists to benefit from multiple revenue streams.”  

DJ Raj Smoove, 5th Ward Weebie, Mia X & Chase N. Cashe Use Experiences to Teach Processes

Sync Up Workshop: Make Your Music, Make Your Money

Thursday, April 11, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

New Orleans Jazz Market, 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Free Admission. Register here.


Presenters will teach local artists how to clear samples for use, register copyrighted music, and how to get their works into film, commercials and TV productions.

“Nearly all New Orleans musicians and composers want to license their music for digital sales and for use in films, TV productions, commercials and videogames, but it requires the artists’ music be properly copyrighted, something many local artists neglect to do,” said Don Marshall, executive director of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

Leading the discussion will be DJ Raj Smoove, The Ella Project co-founder attorney Ashlye Keaton, and hip-hop artists 5th Ward Weebie, Mia X and Chase N. Cashe.

Musicians can sign up for free assistance and earn grant to offset registration fees

Above: News With A Twist explains significance of the Sync Up held in January 2019. The upcoming April 2019 Sync Up will emphasize the importance of clearing samples when registering hip-hop music. 

Attendees can sign up for free assistance sessions with the ELLA Project, a nonprofit that uses volunteer lawyers to help artists protect their copyrights. The attorneys will help musicians and songwriters organize their catalogs, and take the necessary steps to register copyrights.

In addition, the first 50 artists who register, attend the Sync Up, sign up and complete an ELLA Project assistance session will earn a grant from the New Orleans Business Alliance to substantially offset the fees for registration. 

Sponsors include: Louisiana Economic Development and The ELLA Project.

About the New Orleans Business Alliance

One of only 62 Accredited Economic Development Organizations worldwide, the New Orleans Business Alliance is the official professional economic development organization for New Orleans. Formed in 2010, the public-private partnership focuses on holistic economic development: attract new business, grow existing businesses, revitalize neighborhoods and facilitate comprehensive workforce development programs beneficial for jobseekers and employers. By pursuing an inclusive economic development strategy, we will create the perfect intersection of culture and commerce while delivering New Orleanians enhanced economic security. Visit nolaba.org for more information.

About Sync Up

The Sync Up entertainment industry development workshops are a program of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. The Foundation is the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. It uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other raised fund, for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment.



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