Sync Up Workshop: Licensing Music to Film, Commercials and TV

Support the Foundation

Location mapped above.

Event Information:

Admission: Free
Location: The Jazz Market
1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
Phone: (504) 460-7024

Get Directions to This Location:

Entering your address and pressing "Get Directions" will take you away from our site and to Google Maps for directions.

Check out what else we do.

Join our mailing list to keep up on all the latest news and information from the Jazz and Heritage Foundation.

Workshop For Musicians on Increasing Earnings
Featuring DJ Raj Smoove, 5th Ward Weebie, Mia X and Chase N. Cashe

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and the New Orleans Business Alliance will present a Sync Up music business workshop to help local musicians earn more money from their art.

The workshop takes place Thursday, April 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the New Orleans Jazz Market, 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Admission is free but seating is limited. Please register to attend here.

Scheduled to speak are some of the most popular hip-hop and bounce artists in New Orleans, including DJ Raj Smoove, 5th Ward Weebie, Mia X and Chase N. Cashe. Ashlye Keaton, an entertainment attorney and co-founder of the ELLA Project (which provides free services for creative artists) will moderate.

Presenters will discuss clearing samples to use in a recording, registering copyrights and getting music into films, commercials, TV shows and videogames.

“Nearly all New Orleans musicians and composers want to license their music for digital sales and for use in films, TV productions, commercials and videogames, but it requires the artists’ music be properly copyrighted, something many local artists neglect to do,” said Don Marshall, executive director of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

Attendees can sign up for free assistance sessions with the ELLA Project, a nonprofit that uses volunteer lawyers to help artists protect their copyrights. ELLA Project attorneys will help musicians and songwriters organize their catalogs, and take the necessary steps to register copyrights.

In addition, the first 50 artists who register, attend the workshop and complete an ELLA Project assistance session will earn a grant from the New Orleans Business Alliance to substantially offset the fees for copyright registration.

“We want to create an economy that works for our local artists,” said Quentin Messer, Jr., president and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance. “A crucial step in this process is ensuring our musicians have resources and the knowledge of how to protect and profit from their creative works. Ultimately, we want our artists to benefit from multiple revenue streams.”

Sponsors include: Louisiana Economic Development and The ELLA Project.

About the New Orleans Business Alliance
One of only 62 Accredited Economic Development Organizations worldwide, the New Orleans Business Alliance is the official professional economic development organization for New Orleans. Formed in 2010, the public-private partnership focuses on holistic economic development: attract new business, grow existing businesses, revitalize neighborhoods and facilitate comprehensive workforce development programs beneficial for jobseekers and employers. Visit for more information.

About Sync Up
The Sync Up entertainment industry development workshops are a program of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. The Foundation is the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. It uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other raised funds, for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For more about the Jazz & Heritage Foundation please see



The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.