January 2018

SYNC UP CONFERENCE GOES YEAR-ROUND

The Sync Up conference, a music industry development program of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, is launching a series of monthly, year-round presentations.

Sync Up Conference Goes Year-Round

For the past 10 years the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has presented the Sync Up conference – a business development initiative for the music industry – during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. Now the Foundation is making the conference a year-round program, with a series of monthly presentations on topics of interest to independent artists.

With subjects like “Clearing Samples for Your Record,” “Booking a Tour” and “Band Web Sites: What Makes a Good One?,” the new monthly series of Sync Up events is designed to provide practical information to working artists who are struggling to launch their careers.

The Sync Up workshops will take place on Wednesday evenings, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center.

Admission is free, but seating is limited and advance registration is requested. To register now, please see here.

“Doing the Sync Up conference during Jazz Fest has been very successful because it gives us access to leaders from the global entertainment industry who are in town for the festival,” said the Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Executive Director, Don Marshall. “But we also know that it’s a very busy time for our local musicians, who are gigging day and night. Since we have our own venue with the Jazz & Heritage Center, it makes sense to expand the program to include events that take place all year long, and that should be easier for working musicians to attend.”

The new monthly Sync Up events will feature a mix of visiting industry professionals and artists, along with local music business leaders who are experts in their fields. In time, the range of discussion topics will expand to include issues of interest to those working in film, digital media and other aspects of the entertainment industry.

The Sync Up conference is produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit that owns Jazz Fest. Co-sponsors include: Louisiana Entertainment, The Recording Academy –  Memphis Chapter, WWOZ and Toledano Entertainment and Arts Law.

Sync Up Workshops Schedule

Wednesday, Jan. 17: Clearing Samples for Your Record and Other Copyright Infringement Issues

How to do it. Should you do it? What if somebody samples you? Are you the next Lana Del Rey fighting over authorship of your song?

Presenters:

Tim Kappel, entertainment attorney (Big Freedia, Tank and the Bangas, P.J. Morton, Dee-1 and many more) and Loyola University music business professor

Deborah Evans, Della Music Publishing

Wednesday, Feb. 28: Booking a Tour

Where to start. Do’s and don’ts.

Presenters:

Tavia Osbey, manager, Tank and the Bangas

Mousa Hamdan, manager, Curren$y, Corner Boy P., T.Y.

Paul Sanchez, performing artist

Lou Hill, band leader, Water Seed

Wednesday, March 21: Band Web Sites

What makes a good one? Which template services are the best? How much should you spend?

Presenters:

Lee Martin, web designer (Foo Fighters, Beck)

Brandon Haynes, web designer, Nola Web Team

Brandon Shelling, web designer at Ochsner Health System

Wednesday, April 11: How Much to Spend on a Music Video

How to afford it. Do’s and don’ts for making a good one

Presenters:

Darcy McKinnon, New Orleans Video Access Center

Jason Foster, FosterBear Films

Steven W. Richardson, Mobile Recording LA

Benjamin Simmons, Breathe Media

Zac Manuel, The Greenhouse Collective

Wednesday, May 16: Social Media Strategies

Social media platforms. What, when  and how often to post. What not to post. Engaging an audience and gaining followers. Generating revenue. Understanding analytics.

Presenters:

Plus Aziz, Marketing Manager, Propeller and Tchoup Industries

Mallory Whitfield, Director of Marketing, Lookfar

Whitney Mitchell, Social Media Director, FSC Interactive

Tania Dall, Director of Communications, Youth Empowerment Project

Wednesday, June 27: “Your Band As A Business” Interview

Samantha Fish, performing artist

The Sync Up workshops will take place on Wednesday evenings, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center. Admission is free, but seating is limited and advance registration is requested. To register now, please see here.

Sync Up is an economic development program of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. The Foundation is the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, and uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest (and other raised funds) for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For more on what we do, please visit www.jazzandheritage.org.

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Cinema on The Bayou announces Open Night

CINEMA ON THE BAYOU FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OPENING NIGHT FILM, EIGHT-DAY FILM LINE-UP AND QUEBEC PARTNERSHIPS AND EXCHANGES

The 13th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, Jan. 24-31, 2018, will open with the World Premiere screening of the documentary film RIFLES & ROSARY BEADS on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion, Lafayette, LA, 70501. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the film screens at 7:00 pm, followed by a discussion with Nashville-based filmmakers Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard and singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier, who will perform songs from her upcoming album of the same name.  The evening will end with a gala reception with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased, along with Festival passes, at http://www.cinemaonthebayou.com or at the door on the night of the event.  A description of the films and the schedule of film screenings can also be found on the web site.

Mary Gauthier, who is originally from Louisiana and is now based in Nashville, has been included in a class of such greats as Kris Kristofferson, John Prine and Bob Dylan for “her razor-sharp eye for detail and her commitment to unsentimental self-reflection” in her songs.  This commitment is reflected in her latest work with wounded veterans as part of the Songwriting With Soldiers program that led to her tenth album, RIFLES & ROSARY BEADS, scheduled to be released on January 26, 2018.  The Opening Night film tells the story of Mary’s experience in songwriting with these veterans and their spouses – a life-changing experience for them and for Mary.

“Action Louisiana-Gaspésie” partnership

The Québec Government has funded an “Action Louisiana-Gaspésie” partnership between Cinema on the Bayou and Festival Les Percéides, a film festival based in the city of Percé near the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula along the Saint Lawrence River in Québec, Canada.  The Festival Les Percéides will send a delegation of 11 people, including the Festival director, filmmakers and other artists and contributors to this year’s Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival where they will present films from Gaspesian filmmakers and participate in roundtable discussions about francophone cinema worldwide.  In August 2018, Cinema on the Bayou will attend Festival Les Percéides along with Louisiana filmmakers, and present films from Louisiana.

“Échange cinématographique Québec-Louisiane”

The Québec Government has also funded an “Échange cinématographique Québec-Louisiane” between Cinema on the Bayou and Spira, a Québec City film distribution cooperative.  Through this exchange, Cinema on the Bayou Artistic Director Pat Mire travelled to Québec City in September of 2017 to produce a film on the important cultural ties between Québec and Louisiana. Spira is sending a team of filmmakers to produce a cultural counterpart about Cinema on the Bayou and Lafayette during Cinema on the Bayou 2018.  Both of these films will screen this year in Louisiana and across Canada.

8 Days/ 180 Films

The eight-day Festival will take place from Wednesday, January 24th through Wednesday, January 31st at venues in and around Lafayette and will screen nearly 180 films, the majority of which are World, U.S. or Louisiana Premieres.  Included within the official selections are films from across the United States, Canada, France, Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Denmark, Cuba, Peru, Turkey, and Qater.  Over 200 directors, producers, cinematographers, distributors, actors, grant sources and other industry professionals are expected to attend the Festival and participate in expert panels, post-film discussions and nightly social gatherings.

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