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Bernie Cyrus
Executive Director of the Louisiana Music Commission
A Personal Resume
Highlights of Qualifications
Professional Experience
Louisiana Music Commission 1992-Present
Executive Director

Supervise state government efforts to promote and develop Louisiana's $2 billion music industry. Implemented numerous projects including efforts to end the New Orleans Amusement Tax on live music; led efforts to secure the $45 million Grammy Expo, and the $20 million National Music Center; credited by the producers for saving the Aaron Neville Christmas Special resulting in over $1 million in economic impact; hosted and co-produced a weekly live cable television show featuring Louisiana music that presented over 300 musical artists; co-founded New Orleans Jazz Centennial Celebration which helped secure the Louis Armstrong stamp issuance ceremonies for New Orleans, staged a symposium on the past and future of Jazz, is bringing historical jazz history "informances" to elementary schools, developed a promenade on the Algiers Point levee dedicated to deceased jazz musicians, and is estimated to have had a more than $2 million economic impact so far. Helped create the Louisiana Music Trail promotional campaign with the Louisiana Office of Tourism. Hosted international media including television and radio from Japan, England, France, Germany, Italy, Australia and Russia. Additionally, hosted and assisted with events for dozens of charities including Cerebral Palsy of Louisiana, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Big Easy Awards, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, the Arts Council of New Orleans, the Mayor's Arts Awards, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, New Orleans Museum of Art, the New Orleans Opera Association, the Celtic Nations Heritage Festival, the Jean Lafitte National Historical Jazz Park, the Seafood Festival in Mandeville, Share Our Strength and more.

  • Increased economic impact of the Louisiana Music Commission
  • Provided new outlets for Louisiana artists to reach retail markets
  • Produced direct and indirect job growth in Louisiana's music industry
  • Increased international marketing efforts for Louisiana music
  • Improved economic environment for music
    Past Employment:

US Sprint 1988-91

Major Account Representative

Sales of long distance communications to major accounts in New Orleans Metro area, reached Top Twenty in the nation. President's Club 1990-1991.

Independent Insurance Agent 1984-87

Louisiana license: Property, Casualty, Life and Health

Orleans Public Schools 1983-84


Louisiana Department of Education 1978-82

Project Director

Hired, evaluated and supervised a staff of 30 professionals and paraprofessionals, liaison to funding agencies in state, local and federal government. Oversaw entire operation of after school reading, math and adult education programs. Established and administered summer youth camp. Received Director of the Year honor from the Department of Education in 1981.


University of New Orleans 1978, Bachelor of Arts&emdash;Communications/Political Science.
Marion Abramson High School 1973.

Partial Listing of Media Appearances Promoting Louisiana Music :

International Television:

BBC-TV Great Britain

International Radio:

BBC Radio Britain
BBC Radio Ulster, Ireland
WRNO Worldwide Radio

International Print:

London Times
Several Countries

National Television:

ABC-TV Primetime
Jazz Alley TV (National syndication)

Louisiana Television: (Partial listing)

WDSU--New Orleans After Midnight (1997-present )
Cox Metro 10: Host/Co-Executive Producer/Co-Creator of CableAce-nominated LTV (1993-96)
WWL Morning Show
WVUE--Grammy w/Aaron Neville

Louisiana Radio:

WCKW-FM Co-host/executive producer Louisiana Homegrown Music Show 1992-94
WZRH-FM-creator of LA's Alternative Show 1993 to present
WWOZ--Guest Co-host/Producer
WTIX--Guest Host/Producer

Print Media:

Billboard Magazine--2 Feature Stories, 2 Letters
USA Today
Down Beat
New Orleans Magazine--Feature Story
Shot In LA. Magazine--Cover Story
Cultural Vistas
Offbeat Magazine
The Advocate
Gambit Weekly
Washington Post
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Orlando Sentinel
San Diego Union Tribune
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

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Louisiana Music Commission
3330 N. Causeway Blvd. Suite 438
Metairie LA 70002
Phone: 504-838-5600 Fax: 504-838-5280
Email: lmc@louisianamusic.org