Kathleen Babineaux Blanco
Ellis L. Marsalis Jr.
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These are a few of our favorite Links...The creators of the following sites have done an exceptional job of compiling links and information. You'll likely find what you are looking for, and more, at the following sites.
General Music Resources
- Film Music News With all the movies now being shot in Louisiana, everyone wants to know how to get music in films. Well, this publication and site has some of the answers. Well worth signing up for tthe e-newsletter and more.
- ISRC Codes These codes are becoming mandatory for European airplay. A protection mechanism, International Standard Recording Codes are administered by the RIAA. Every song on every CD should be registered for this important copyright protection mechanism.
- US Copyright Information This should be the starting point for serious songwriters/musicians. Properly register your original works before releasing them commercially.
- Texas Music Office Probably the most comprehensive site on the web for reference and research information for music. Their site is easy to use, full of valuable information on everything from copyrights to trade publications to books and, of course, listings of Texas music resources. One day maybe our pages will be this complete. The taxpayers and music professionals of Texas should be grateful for the quality of work done on this incredible site. Should be at the top of the bookmarks of any serious music professional.
- Future of Music Coalition This is the strongest, best-organized music advocacy organization in the country. Working on radio consolidation issues and other significant infrastructure projects, FMC's site is rich with news and content.
- Recording Artists Coalition An organization originally formed by Don Henley, Sheryl Crow and other artists to combat federal efforts to change copyright laws.
- American Music Conference This is the site for educators and proponents of music as a tool to improve our schools. This site also has a listserv newsletter that we highly recommend. Many of the stories on our NewsFlash pages have been prompted by information we gleaned from AMC newsletters.
- ArtistShare is a new online resource for bands to sell, develop and promote their music. This is a one-of-a-kind resource in the retail marketplace.
- CD Baby is one of the most popular online CD sales source. Friendly terms for indie labels and strong marketplace presence.
- Bandradio This site is for unsigned bands to access information such as Contracts and many other important educational and industry-specific tidbits. A very useful site for both novices and veterans.
- Nashville Songwriters Association International Probably the finest songwriting organization anywhere. The New Orleans chapter hosts regular workshops.
- Musicstudents a great resource for students.
- New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts is the city's high school for the arts and the alma mater of Harry Connick Jr., the Marsalises, Terrence Blanchard and many others.
- Loyola Music Business Degree Program is the state's first college level degree program for the music industry.
- Hogan Jazz Archives of Tulane Library This is a major jazz history archive maintained at the Howard Tilton Library of Tulane University. The first place to stop when doing jazz research.
Miscellaneous Links of Interest
- City of New Orleans Music Development Office provides links for both the audience and for professionals. Professional links include audio and video of workshops, access to contracts, and much more. A very useful site.
- New Orleans Musicians Clinic The first musicians clinic in the country. Operated by the LSU Health Care Network, the clinic specializes in the care and needs of musicians.
- New Orleans Music Office Co-Op is a joint venture between the City of New Orleans and Tipitina's Foundation and serves as a front office for fledgling bands and music companies. A very worthwhile effort to help grow music businesses in Louisiana.
- HotLocalMusic is a Louisiana company that helps bands and music venues do their bookings. An amazing site with tools for the bands to manage fan lists, promotion and more. For clubs there are contracts, calendars and much more. An innovative company whose system solves myriad problems.
- Shreveport Municipal Auditorium The Stage of Stars that launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Slim Whitman and many many more during the radio broadcasts of the Louisiana Hayride.
- Shreveport Rocks! This is a great site with links and info on the music scene in Shreveport. A great message board that the locals use frequently. Resources galore.
- Live New Orleans is a great site that features live music reviews, information and lots more.
- is a resource for bands to post pages, links, music and more. A useful tool for the local music scene.
- is a resource for bands to post pages, links, music and more. A useful tool for the local music scene. (Yes, they both list the same thing...they used to work together but you know how the music biz is...we've posted them both in fairness and to allow users to decide which is the better site.)
- is a general interest site with lots of great music and venue links.
- Louisiana Jukebox was the state's longest-running live music show.
- New Orleans: A History of Contemporary Music An incredible series of radio shows available online. This is one of the most interesting historical overviews of music in New Orleans and includes many wonderful tunes, interviews and more. A very well done audio documentary that deserves to be put to video.
- Guide to Louisiana Music at the Grammys is a wonderful resource listing nominees, winners and more dating back to 1958. Another great asset of Satchmo.
- American Routes Hosted by folklorist Nick Spitzer and produced in New Orleans for public radio, this is a great site for music and culture.
- Radio Link This is an incredible listing of every radio station with a website in the USA. There are more than 50 stations in Louisiana on the web.
- The main site for the State of Louisiana with links to departments, the Legislature and more.
Bands & Artists
- KBON Commercial radio station in Eunice with a playlist of mostly Louisiana music. The first (and only) commercial radio station in the world to feature such a large volume of Louisiana music. They are webcasting, so check out what Acadiana residents listen to everyday.
- WWOZ Also webcasting great Louisiana music. THE radio station in New Orleans; to many, the greatest radio station in the world. On air staff are all volunteers at this publicly supported nonprofit station.
- NewOrleansradio is a site streaming Louisiana music. Also has great links and connections to music resources.
- Radio Louisiane An internet station that simulcasts much of Jennings all French, Cajun, Acadian & Zydeco AM radio station KJEF (1290am).
- CajunRadio Guide This is a great site with links, information and more for webcasters of Cajun music around the USA. This is a very impressive and useful site.
- NolaRadio plays rock and roll from the bayou state. A much-needed boost for Louisiana's substantial rock scene.
- Satchmo Radio hosted on VH1's site and created by Greg Hardison, the hard working webmaster of the state's most resourceful site, Satchmo.
Organizations & Clubs
- Young Audiences This nonprofit organization is the leader in providing educational entertainment for schools in Louisiana. This is a great site for schools to access talent and for talent to access schools. Highly recommended.
- Cajun French Music Association a membership organization working to preserve and promote traditional French Cajun music. Also maintains a Hall of Fame in Eunice.
- New Orleans Jazz Centennial Celebration The LMC helped launch this nonprofit as a way to help celebrate the first century of jazz. However, the organization's mission has grown to include educational outreach via historic jazz Informances for elementary schools and a major memorial, the NOJCC Jazz Walk of Fame on the Algiers Levee. This site contains study guides and other educational resources and is recommended for teachers and others seeking fundamental jazz history and information.
- New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation produces the N.O. Jazz Fest, owns WWOZ and has an amazing archive.
- Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame A site that honors many of the state's past and present blues legends.
- New Orleans Jazz Club This link is to the world's oldest jazz club. Their work has produced the collection at the Old US Mint component of the Louisiana State Museum, the world's only Origins of Jazz museum collection open for public display. The world owes a debt of gratitude to the founders of this venerable organization.
- New Orleans Blues Project This organization seeks to create economic and community development via music and is responsible for the Blues Highway Millennium Trail. Very informative site.
Retail Music Information
News & Information
- New Orleans Music News and the Louisiana Music Archive No one works harder than Greg Hardison to put together information on Louisiana music. If there is a story in the press--anywhere in the world--he's likely to have a story and link. If Louis Armstrong is appearing on an old Flip Wilson Show rerun, his Louisiana music television listings have it. And his directory of Louisiana music artists is without peer on the web. If we could afford to, we'd hire him full time!
- NOLALIVE The website of the Time-Picayune and is a great source of listings, events and news from New Orleans.
- OffBeat Magazine This site is full of great info and articles from the monthly New Orleans magazine that now holds the record as the longest-running commercial magazine featuring Louisiana music. Also the source of the Louisiana Music Directory which is now available both online and by mail.
- Best of New Orleans The website of Gambit Weekly of New Orleans with club listings and much more. The city's most popular newsweekly.
- SixTenSplit is a new rock-oriented magazine in New Orleans that features all you need to know about the rock scene.
- Where Y'at A monthly New Orleans publication that is rapidly becoming indispensable to the locals for entertainment information. Interviews, reviews, columns and guides to what's happening in the Crescent City.
- Zyde Gary Dauphin's great web 'zine on Louisiana music features articles, interviews, reviews and more. His links page is also one of the best for Louisiana music web links. His articles and interviews are top notch, and the site is visually pleasant.
- NeonBridge This webzine covers the Shreveport/Boissier City area. A very well composed site with great resources for both musicians and fans. Highly recommended for its depth of information and links.
- New Orleans Beatstreet Magazine is a publication that focuses on the music of Louisiana. Glossy format with great historical photos and stories, each issue is a collector's item.
- Liquid Magazine covers the New Orleans region focusing on entertainment, sports, food and such, but also highlights important issues and news. Nice website, too.
- The Gumbo Pages This is an amazing site maintained by a displaced Louisiana native in California named Chuck Taggart. There are links and more links, a great site for info on Louisiana and many other items of interest.
- Gary Hayman's ZydE-Magic Cajun Zydeco Web Page Another Gary, this one in Washington DC and whose pages are a compilation of performances, articles and such focused on zydeco and Cajun music. His email newsletter, which usually is broken into from four to six letters, lists every known booking of zydeco and Cajun music in the country! Also, he features articles and reviews, many great firsthand accounts of travels to Louisiana and experiences with Louisiana music in faraway places. People like Gary should be on the payroll of the Office of Tourism.
Major Events & Festivals
Clubs & Venues
Okay, that's all for now. This page will be updated as time allows. If your site is not listed here, and you know it is not available on any of the sites listed above, let us know. Better yet, let the above-listed sites know, because they likely update their links more frequently than we do! Thank you for your patience and for checking out our web pages.
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