Copyright and trademarking for artists with Ashlye Keaton workshop at NOCCA June 9

Business of art class: Copyright and trademarking for artists with Ashlye Keaton

Time: Saturday, June 9 from 10am-12pm

Instructor: Ashlye Keaton

Location: NOCCA, 2800 Chartres Street


Anyone who wants to have a successful career in the arts needs to be able to protect and distribute their work. Join Ella Project Co-Founder and Supervising Attorney Ashlye Keaton as she discusses:

  • What copyright does for you
  • How to register your copyrights
  • What is (and isn’t) copyrightable
  • Do you need a trademark?
  • What’s the difference between copyright and trademark?

This is a multi-disciplinary workshop, covering musicians, visual artists, performing artists, filmmakers, writers, and all other creatives.


No previous experience is required. Enrollment is limited to adults age 18 and older.



Copyright Workshop on April 26th as part of World IP Day

Copyright workshop in conjunction with World IP Day

Every April 26, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.


This year, join Ella Project pro bono volunteers Max Hass and Bri Whetstone as they present Copyright Basics for the New Orleans Creative Community. This free workshop will be held on Thursday, April 26th at 12 noon at Mag’s 940 at 940 Elysian Fields. Please click here to RSVP.

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.

Ella Project receives NEA Artworks grant, launches business workshops

The Ella Project is bringing its Visual Artists Business Boot Camp to all nine regions of Louisiana. This 15 hour weekend intensive workshop takes visual artists through the aspects of launching or enhancing their arts career, and addresses topics such as
  • How and why people buy art
  • Grass roots marketing and branding
  • Effective use of social media
  • Working with galleries, festivals, and public art
  • Copyright and Trademark
  • Basic Finance
  • Developing a Career Plan.
Starting in Monroe on February 23-24th, then moving to Alexandria, in March and ultimately throughout the state, this workshop is led by Ella Project Co-Founder Gene Meneray, with further instruction provided by attorneys Mark Davis and Ashlye Keaton, marketering pro Andrew Gaiennie, and gallerist and social media maven Katie Odell.
Monitor our social media channels for announcements of further workshops, and email usi f you are interested in bringing this workshop to your community.
The Ella Project would like to thank the State of Louisiana’s Office of Cultural Development, The National Endowment for the Arts, and The Ella West Freeman Foundation for supporting this project, as well as our other supporters for making this work possible. Please add your support today to further our mission to support the creative community of Louisiana.