Make Your Music, Make Your Money

photo from THE NEW ORLEANS BUSINESS ALLIANCE
(Left to Right): Film composer Jay Weigel; entertainment attorney Tim Kappel; and Robin Burgess, manager of Terence Blanchard and Quiana Lynell, explain the facts about registering music and the processes.

NEW ORLEANS – The 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. Details were shared in a press release.

“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.”

The Sync Up Workshop: Make Your Music, Make Your Money event takes place on Thursday, April 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the New Orleans Jazz Market (1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) Admission is free, but participants must register for the event.

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.

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 copyright registration. 

Sponsors include Louisiana Economic Development and The ELLA Project.