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How a Cultural Fund Could Change New Orleans Future February 2020

How a Cultural Fund Could Change New Orleans Future

Earlier this month, the City of New Orleans reorganized the budget and funding for its convention and visitors’ bureau, New Orleans & Company (NOCO), combining the New Orleans Tourism & Marketing Corporation’s (NOTMC) efforts with NOCO’s to create economies of scale and to divert money into a separate fund. The $5.7 million budget combination savings was earmarked for an organization that will change from a pure marketing agency for the city’s tourism industry to a fund that supports New Orleans’ “cultural economy and culture-bearers…. READ MORE.

Young Bloods: Gene Meneray

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One local organization is dedicated to helping New Orleans artists and nonprofits succeed in a big way. Launched as a joint program of the Arts Council of New Orleans, Tipitina’s Foundation and Tulane Law School, The Ella Project offers high-level, pro bono legal assistance to low and moderate income artists, musicians and grassroots nonprofits. As Co-Founder of The Ella Project, Gene Meneray understands just how special the city’s rich cultural scene can be….. read more. 


Business Boot Camps give Visual Artists tools to further their careers

“The weekend was full of insight, resources, and best practices. I look forward to putting those practices in motion. The overall experience was very rewarding on so many levels. Drinking from a fire extinguisher is a great depiction of the amount of valuable information I received throughout the weekend,” she said. READ MORE…

The Ella Project on Net Neutrality

It’s easy to be cynical about what’s happening with our Federal government in Washington, DC. Between the antagonism, gridlock and overall messiness of Congress, we sometimes lose sight of positive developments that make a difference for our cultural community.

One of those developments took place this week, and Senator John Kennedy was in the middle of it…. READ MORE


Mayoral candidates to weigh in on future of New Orleans music

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“Mayoral candidates Michael Bagneris, LaToya Cantrell and Desiree Charbonnet will participate in a forum discussing the future of New Orleans musicians — and whether they’ll have a voice in City Hall — in a city that fears risking their loss as it changes.

The forum — presented by The Ella Project, OffBeat Media and The Recording Academy — is 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11 at the Carver Theatre (2101 Orleans Ave.)

Ella Project wins the Musician Resource Award at the 2016 Best of the Beat Awards.”


 Ella Brings Legal Advice to Co-Op Members

Ella Tips Article

“People know they can come here… they love Mark Fowler, (New Orleans Co-op Manager) he’s a hub in the community, and the co-op has the resources that complement the services. It’s like a trifecta, people come in for legal advice, then they need business advice and see Gene, then technical advice and Mark is right there. So we send them out the door with a better understanding of many different topics related to their craft.”

Ella Project Relocates to Frenchmen St, from OffBeat, November 10, 2016

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“I started reading OffBeat thirty years ago in the Newman High School Library,” says Project Co-Founder Gene Meneray. “To be here on Frenchmen, surrounded by these great artists and steadfast champions of Louisiana culture, is perfect for Ella.” Read more...

The More you NOLA: Ella Project, by Mary Cross. October 5, 2016


Musicians and artists are the backbone of New Orleans’ culture and the ELLA Project is helping to bolster these creative spirits as they play a key role in preserving the character of the Crescent City…. read more

Want To Use My Suit? Then Throw Me Something, by Campbell Robertson, 03/23/2010


“It’s not the old way of doing things, but the old way of doing things was conducive to exploitation,” said Ashlye M. Keaton, a lawyer who represents Indians in her private practice and also works with them through two pro bono legal programs… read more