Ashlye M. Keaton, Esq. practices entertainment and intellectual property law and is an advocate for the arts. Ashlye is an adjunct professor at Tulane Law School and also an adjunct professor at the University of New Orleans Graduate School in Arts Administration. She is Co-Founder and Supervising Attorney for the ELLA Project. In response to Hurricane Katrina, Ashlye expanded her work to reach more cultural community members seeking relief with support from the Ford Foundation. Along with other legal successes, Ashlye helped the Mardi Gras Indians by arguing that their elaborate suits qualified for copyright protection as works of sculpture. She is also noted for her work on the City of New Orleans municipal noise ordinance, and she helped to secure a declaration by the New Orleans city attorney’s office that the 8pm city-wide curfew on musical instruments is considered unconstitutional. Among other boards, Ashlye has served as an officer on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, better known as the Grammy’s. She was awarded the Monte M. Lemann Distinguished Teaching Award by Tulane Law School Class of 2015. She has consistently been voted as OffBeat Magazine’s Best Music Attorney from 2008 to 2015; Gambit Weekly’s 2009 40 Under Forty; 2008 Governor’s Art Award/ELLA Project; and New Orleans CityBusiness 2007 Leadership in Law. Ashlye is the head instructor and choreographer in ballet and tap for the New Orleans Children’s Ballet.
Gene Meneray is ELLA’s Co-Founder. He works on cultural policy, arts business development, and cultural entrepreneurial training. A native New Orleanian, and graduate of Tulane University, Gene worked for more than a decade as Director of Artist Services at the Arts Council of New Orleans. He has also worked for Thomas Mann Design and for Young Aspirations/Young Artists (YAYA). From 2011-2017, he served as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of the University of New Orleans, where he taught Arts Administration. He has served multiple times as a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts. In addition to his duties with Ella, Gene is the Director of the Louisiana Crafts Guild, and serves on the Louisiana State Arts Council. Gene is past Chair of Louisiana Citizens for Culture.
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