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Economic Development

The Sync Up Conference is an educational and business development event for the entertainment industry held during Jazz Fest. The focus is on three main areas: the international music festival market; licensing music to film, TV and video games; and using new technologies to promote and sell music in the digital age. Admission is free. Visit the Sync Up conference page to find out more, and register to attend.

The Jazz & Heritage Talent Exchange is a web site we built to connect our independent musicians to festival producers and media music buyers throughout the world. It’s a searchable, online directory of Louisiana music in every imaginable style – built for the specific needs of professional talent buyers. It’s a free service open to all Louisiana musicians. Event producers and film/TV/video game music buyers can contact bands directly through the site for gigs and music licensing. Visit the site ( to find out more.

Our Community Partnership Grants reinvest Jazz Fest proceeds directly back into the community to support projects in music and the arts. Each year, we provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to nonprofit, educational and other organizations that hire our musicians for activities that support our mission. To see this year’s grant categories, guidelines, deadlines and application forms, visit the Community Partnership Grants web page on our site.

Raising the Roof is our housing initiative for musicians and others who sustain our unique culture. Originally a grants program to help off-set closing costs for first-time home buyers, the Raising the Roof evolved after Hurricane Katrina into a mechanism to support musicians who didn’t initially qualify for mortgages through Habitat For Humanity. Additionally, we provide rental assistance to help bring our musicians home and find affordable housing. Find out how to participate here.

The Community Day of Service is our way to give back to the community through volunteerism. Music-lovers from throughout the world join us for a day of hammering, sawing and painting at the Musicians Village and other housing developments built by New Orleans Area Habitat For Humanity.


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