Gene Meneray added to NASAA board

Ella Project Co-Founder Gene Meneray has joined the Board of Directors for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Charged with champions public support for the arts in America, NASAA works with the nation’s 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies and provides research, advocacy, and connections to ensure all Americans have access to arts and culture. Gene is honored to represent Louisiana on this board, and looks forward to bringing new ideas back to our state to strengthen arts funding, increase diversity in the arts, and make sure Louisiana is represented at the national level when developing new arts policy.

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.

Ella Project at Music Cities Think Tank

The Ella Project was honored to participate in this year’s Music Cities Think Tank, hosted by Sound Music Cities at SWSW in Austin. This two day think tank brought together

music policy leaders from across North America to discuss issues including developing music friendly municipal policies, new revenue streams for musicians, the evolving role of non commercial radio, and more.

We’re excited to continue these conversations to bring the most progressive, music forward

public policies to New Orleans. Along with Austin, we met with music policy experts from:

  • Seattle
  • Washington Dc
  • San Antonio
  • Memphis
  • Victoria, BC
  • Portland, OR
  • London, ON
  • Milwaukee
  • Fort  Collins, CO

See more about the Think Tank here.