Fall legal clinics in full swing

Ella offers all day free legal clinics by appointment every Friday overseen by Co-Founder Ashlye Keaton with support from Tulane Law School. We’re thrilled to have twelve new interns joining us this term. Through this clinic, Ella serves 175 pro bono clients a year from across Louisiana. Do you need pro bono legal assistance? Fill out our online  application here. 

Ella Project curating Music Policy Forum Summit in Washington DC

mpfWe’re excited to be in the nation’s capitol October 26-27th for the Music Policy Forum Summit. This event brings together several hundred musicians, researchers, policymakers, industry and nonprofit leaders, and other stakeholders into a wide-ranging exploration of some of the most promising and exciting thought leadership in the music and policy space.This year’s theme is “The Future is…” and The Ella Project is curating the agenda, presenting on local engagement and cultural heritage, and along with the New Orleans Jazz Museum, co-hosting a discussion on Cultural Tourism and Institutions. Hope those in the DC area can join us!

Visual Artist Boot Camp returns in November

The Visual Artist Business Boot Camps are back! We’ll be in Ruston, LA on November 3rd and 4th, hosted by the North Central Louisiana  Arts Council. This two day program is for advancing visual artists and addresses topics including:

  • Pricing and how art is sold.
  • Marketing materials for the visual artist.
  • Creating artist statements, bios, and resumes.
  • Working with galleries, festivals, and public art.
  • Copyright and Trademark.
  • Effective use of social media.
  • Developing a career plan for success.

This workshop uses a combination of presentation and small group work to cover a broad array of topics in a short time. With support from the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development and the National Endowment for the Arts, The Ella Project has toured this program to nine regions of Louisiana in 2018, and the Ruston event will bring this year’s tour to a close. Interested in bringing the boot camp to your community in 2019? Email us at gene@ellanola.org. 

TO RSVP for the November 3-4 session in Ruston, please click here. 

Ella Project working with South Arts on jazz touring program.

The Ella Project has bsoutharts.pngeen hired by South Arts, a regional organization based in Atlanta that builds on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts, to facilitate six upcoming, invitation-only national focus group meetings to assess the current jazz touring environment,  and how to build careers for lesser-known artists located throughout the country’s more rural and underserved areas.  These sessions will be instrumental in designing the launch of Jazz Road, a forthcoming initiative funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Jazz Road will be led by South Arts in partnership with the five other U.S. Regional Arts Organizations (Arts Midwest, Mid America Arts Alliance, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Western Arts Alliance/WESTAF). Follow us on Instagram as we document these conversations taking place across the U.S. in next two months.

Reviews are in for our Visual Artist Business Boot Camp

The Ella Project presented our Visual Artist Business Boot Camp to 125 artists across Louisiana in 2018. Here are some of their reviews of the boot camp:

“Y’all left no question unanswered”-Houma artist.

“I found the speakers conveyed their information very well, allowing the artists to ask questions and getting answers. Knowing that legal representation is available at no cost to artists is invaluable as was all the information presented.I had no idea you would cover so much and the information would be so encompassing.“-Covington artist

“I only wish I had had this class presented to me in art school or 20 years ago. It was outstanding.”-Covington artist

“Super informative for all levels of accomplishment!”-Monroe artist

“The depth of information given was great. Each presenter was easy to talk to and answered all questions thrown at them with ease.”-New Orleans artist

Visual Artist Business Boot Camps wrap up for the season

We’ve traversed the state in 2018 presenting our Visual Artist Business Boot Camp in eight regions to 125 Louisiana visual artists. This weekend intensive workshop got rave reviews and our Covington boot camp was recently profiled by nola.com. We’re currently reviewing opportunities for presenting this program in 2019. If you’re interested in bringing the Boot Camp to your community, please email us and let’s talk!

Thank you to the State of Louisiana’s Office of Cultural Development, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ella West Freeman Foundation, and all our local partners for helping make this program a success!

Volunteer Spotlight: Rachel Bailey

Rachel Bailey of Lex Machina & the Spera Law Group

Thank you to Ella Project volunteer Rachel Bailey! Volunteer attorneys are a key component  to our continued commitment to provide access to the legal system for our clients regardless of their ability to pay. Rachel began volunteering with The Ella Project in 2017. Why does she believe in pro bono work? She told us:

“There is a huge swath of people in this country that don’t have access to attorneys or legal information because of the cost barrier. They deserve good information as much as anyone else. Additionally, there are so many misconceptions about how the law works and people often get confused reading things on the Internet that I find when people finally get counsel, it really puts their mind at ease. “

Rachel is an intellectual property attorney who works at Lex Machina, a legal analytics software company. She also advises on intellectual property matters at Spera Law Group, a New Orleans law firm that focuses on small business matters. Rachel is originally from Racine, Wisconsin best known for its Frank Lloyd Wright buildings and danish pastries. She came to New Orleans to attend Tulane University and fell in love with city.  After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Management, magna cum laude, from Tulane she went to law school at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she received a Juris Doctor and was awarded the Intellectual Property and Technology Certificate, with honors.

Before moving back to New Orleans, Rachel practiced trademark law in Mountain View, California. Her areas of expertise include trademark law, copyright, and entertainment law. In her free time, Rachel hosts a monthly comedy show at the Hi Ho Lounge called Morphed, and enjoys going to concerts, trying new restaurants, and taking photographs in the French Quarter.

Thanks again Rachel for your commitment to the culture of New Orleans and Louisiana! If you are a lawyer and want to join Rachel in assisting our Louisiana artists, please fill out our pro bono questionnaire here.


Ella Project adds Scott Goldin, Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell to Board of Directors

On May 30, 2018, The Ella Project’s Board of Directors voted to add Scott Goldin and Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell to our board of directors.

ScScott Goldin Headshotott Goldin is an Ella Project alum and the Chief Financial Officer at Goldin Metals, Inc. in Gulfport, Mississippi. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in 2008. Following that, he attended law school at Tulane University where he served as the law school’s student body president. He went on to earn an MBA at Emory University and an LLM with highest honors at George Washington University before moving back to Mississippi and taking a position with Goldin. Scott was appointed by the United States Secretary of Commerce to serve on the Mississippi District Export Council. He also serves on the board of JNola, the young adults division of the Jewish Federation.

boo mitchellLawrence “Boo” Mitchell is an American musician, songwriter, audio engineer, record producer and owner of Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. He is best known for his work with Al Green, Solomon Burke, Anthony Hamilton, Bruno Mars, Rod Stewart, John Mayer, 8 Ball, Lamont Dozier, William Bell and Cody Chesnutt. He has been a producer/engineer at Royal Studios from the early 90s through the present.[4]

Mitchell has produced or engineered a wide range of acts including Bruno Mars, Barbra Blue, Jay Gaunt, Axelle Red, Brandon O. Bailey, Solomon Burke, Cody Chesnutt, Snoop Dog, Bobby Rush, William Bell, Keb Mo, Terrance Howard and Boz Scaggs. In 2016, Mitchell’s Royal Studios recorded “Uptown Funk” won Record of the Year Award in the 58th Grammy Awards. Along with The Ella Project, he is a board member of The Recording Academy’s (GRAMMY) Memphis chapter.


Copyright & Contracts workshop for Visual Artists May 24th

Presented by Max Hass and Bri Whetstone, this workshop will be ava copyright workshop imagen introduction to copyright issues, including an explanation of what copyrights are, how to register a copyright, an overview of work for hire agreements and other collaboration-related issues, and basic contracts. This workshop is free and open to the public.


WHEN: Thursday, May 24 – 6:30 PM
WHERE: The Corner Studio, 1638 N. Dorgenois St (corner of Onzaga)

For more information, and to RSVP, click here.