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Jan. 23 Sync Up Workshop on Licensing Music

Jan. 23 Sync Up Workshop on Licensing Music

Sync Up Workshop:
Step One: Make Sure Your Copyrights are Registered
Wednesday, Jan. 23
5:30 p.m. at the Jazz & Heritage Center
Free Admission

Bounce artist Big Freedia, film composer Jay Weigel and music manager Robin Burgess will be among the presenters at a Sync Up workshop on licensing music to film and TV projects that will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Jazz & Heritage Center starting at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

This workshop – a collaboration between the New Orleans Business Alliance and the Jazz & Heritage Foundation – is the first step in a multi-phase effort to help more local artists get their music into film and TV productions.

By attending this workshop, musicians and songwriters will have the opportunity to learn why it’s important to register copyrights and how to do it. And they’ll get access to free help in getting copyrights registered, steep discounts on the cost of registering them plus help networking with those who are in a position to pay money for the use of those copyrighted songs.

Admission is free, but seating is limited and advance regustration is required. Register to attend here.

“Nearly all New Orleans musicians and composers want to license their music for use in films, TV productions, commercials and videogames,” said Don Marshall, Executive Director of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. “But films, video games and the like won’t consider music that isn’t properly copyrighted, something many local artists neglect to do.”

The workshop features an interview with bounce rap star Big Freedia and her manager, Reid Martin of Midcitizen Entertainment, focusing on making a profitable business from a career as a musician – including licensing music to film and TV productions.

There also will be a panel discussion that explains the proper steps for registering copyrights for music, along with an overview of how best to approach film and TV productions for licensing music to them. Panelists include Robin Burgess, manager of Terence Blanchard and Quiana Lynell; film composer Jay Weigel; entertainment attorney Tim Kappel; and Victoria Adams Phipps of the New Orleans Business Alliance.

Musicians and composers are encouraged to attend this event as a first step that will lead to additional help in licensing music to film and TV.

Those who attend can sign up for free assistance sessions with the ELLA Project, a nonprofit that uses volunteer lawyers to help New Orleans artists protect their copyrights. In these sessions, attorneys will help musicians and songwriters not only organize their catalogs, but also take the necessary steps to register their copyrights.

In addition, the first 50 artists who register for the Jan. 23 workshop and attend complete an ELLA Project assistance session will earn a grant from the New Orleans Business Alliance to substantially offset the fees for registering copyrights.

What’s more, those who attend the workshop will be first in line for future meetups and showcases for music supervisors (who select the music to be licensed into film and TV productions) that the Business Alliance will organize during the New Orleans Film Festival.

“Economic development only matters because people matter. For too long, local musicians who are important parts of making New Orleans known across the globe have not been fully able to realize the financial fruits of their artistry. We want to help change that,” said Quentin L. Messer, Jr. president and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance. “When we increase the earnings of local musicians, we not only begin to recognize their value to our economy but also we position our city to be more economically competitive for everyone.”

The Jan. 23 workshop is a collaboration between the New Orleans Business Alliance and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. Additional sponsors include:

Louisiana Economic Development
GNO, Inc.
The Recording Academy
The ELLA Project

About the New Orleans Business Alliance
One of only 61 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. By pursuing an inclusive economic development strategy, we will create the perfect intersection of culture and commerce while delivering New Orleanians enhanced economic security. 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 fund, for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For more information please visit

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