Support The Ella Project this GiveNOLA Day

The Ella Project is committed to our mission of empowering the creators of New Orleans culture to share their work in a way that is just, equitable, and serves the artist, patron, and our diverse community. As we ask for your support, here are some numbers that show what we’ve been able to accomplish over the last 12 months.
  •  Provided pro bono legal services to 185 low income visual artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, and grass roots nonprofits across our state.
  • Presented 16 workshops on visual arts business, copyright and trademark, contracts for filmmakers, and our seven week Music Business Intensive. Over 750 artists joined us at these workshops.
  •  Worked with South Arts, our regional arts organization, to run focus groups with 144 national jazz musicians to determine what kind of foundation support would be most helpful to develop the careers of contemporary jazz musicians.
  •  Brought the story of New Orleans culture to cities such as Toronto and Washington DC by presenting on what works, and what we still struggle with, as we strive to make New Orleans a more equitable home for our artists.
While these numbers are impressive, we want to share a quote from New Orleans musician and longtime client Jack Cruz, who sums it up nicely:


The Ella Project has been an amazing asset to New Orleans musicians and their music business throughout the years. They have helped us immensely. They are highly knowledgeable in all matters concerning copyrights and publishing, and have given us great advice. This Program is a gem for New Orleans!- Jack Cruz


We know they’re hundreds of good causes in New Orleans working hard with limited resources to move our city forward. That you share our belief in the importance of New Orleans culture and empowering our creators means the world to us, and we humbly ask for your support this year. You can schedule a donation now at