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Ashlye Keaton wins Best of the Beat Award

ELLA Project Supervising Attorney and Project Co-Founder has been named Best Music Attorney in the 2012 Best of the Beat Awards presented by Offbeat Magazine. Fifth year in a row for Ashlye. Congratulations to Ashlye for this well deserved honor!

ELLA Provides low to moderate income Louisiana artists and grass roots non-profits with pro bono legal assistance. If you need help from ELLA, please call 504-523-1465

The ELLA Project is a partnership of the Arts Council, Tipitina's Foundation and Tulane Law School, and received additional support from the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Louisiana State Bar Association, and Lambent/Tides Foundation 
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ELLA Project Offers Legal Clinics every Friday!

The ELLA (Entertainment Law Legal Assistance) Project offers pro-bono legal assistance to low-income artists musicians, and grass roots non-profits in Louisiana. ELLA provides assistance with copyright and intellectual property, business incorporation, non profit incorporation, contract review, contract disputes, and other civil law matters. Unlike many Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts programs which only offer 30 minutes of assistance, the ELLA Project can take your legal matter from concept to completion, and work with you until the matter is resolved.

A partnership of the Arts Council of New Orleans with the Tipitina's Foundation and Tulane Law School Community Service Program, the ELLA Project holds intake sessions by appointment every Friday. Sessions are held from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Arts Council at 935 Gravier St, Suite 850, and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Tipitina's Co-Op at 4040 Tulane Ave. Tulane Law School interns assist project co-founder and supervising attorney Ashlye Keaton in delivering legal services.

To request an appointment call The Arts Council of New Orleans at 504-523-1465 or email to gmeneray@artscouncilofneworleans.org










The ELLA Project is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Bar Foundation and a Community Impact Grant from the Greater New Orleans Foundation 
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ELLA Project in the News

As usual, it's been a busy start to the year for the ELLA Project, and the media is taking notice! Here are some recent examples of ELLA in the news: Great to see ELLA get this recognition! For attorneys who want to volunteer with ELLA, or anyone interested in helping ensure Louisiana's artists and musicians have continued access to justice, please click here.

The ELLA Project is a partnership of the Arts Council, Tipitina's Foundation, and Tulane Law School. Along with the project partners, ELLA is supported by grants from the Louisiana Bar Foundation and a Community Impact Grant from the Greater New Orleans Foundation.  
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Volunteer with ELLA!
The ELLA Project, a partnership of the Arts Council, Tipitina's Foundation, and Tulane Law School, seeks volunteer attorneys for 2011. A unique, award winning program spearheaded by supervising attorney Ashlye Keaton, the ELLA Project provides pro bono legal assistance to low to moderate income artists, musicians, and grass roots non profits. ELLA is currently seeking volunteers in the following areas:
  • Intellectual Property
  • Non Profit Incorporation
  • General Non Profit Assistance
  • Contract Review
  • Family Law
  • Housing
If you, or an attorney you know is interested in assisting with ELLA, please call Gene Meneray at 504-523-1465, or email us.

Can't volunteer but want to support ELLA? Make a donation today! DonateNow

Along with the project partners, ELLA is supported by grants from the Louisiana Bar Foundation and a Community Impact Grant from the Greater New Orleans Foundation.  
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Local musicians score victory in 4th Circuit
ELLA Project supervising attorney Ashlye Keaton helped Wardell Quezergue and Smokey Johnson achieve a victory in the Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Though not an ELLA case (the case actually predates ELLA), Ashlye has provided years of pro bono representation to these New Orleans musical legends in a royalty dispute with Tuff City Records. The case is complex, and has involved copyright, sampling, royalty payments and contract disputes among other issues tackled by Ashlye and co-counsel. The recent victory was a potentially precedent setting win for not only these two musicians, but countless others. For an explanation of the case from Offbeat, please click here:

Please join the Arts Council on congratulating Ashlye, Wardell, Smokey, and the rest of their legal team on this victory.  
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LawHelp: Sample Forms
The ELLA Project makes simple forms available for download. These are for general information purposes, and do not constiute legal advice.

Click here to download ELLA's Sample Work for Hire form.

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Law Help: Getting Paid in the Digital Age

The ELLA Project presents "Getting Paid in the Digital Age: Record Labels", a how-to article on selecting the best record deal for your music career. This article was conceived and written by ELLA Project Intern Holmes Rackleff, under the supervision of attorney Ashlye Keaton.

This document is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice. Legal advice depends on the specific facts of each situation. The information on this web site cannot replace the advice of competent legal counsel licensed in your state.

Click here to read a PDF version of this document.  
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ELLA Project Wins Governor's Arts Award
The Entertainment Law Legal Assistance (ELLA) Project, a partnership of the Arts Council, Tipitina's Foundation, and Tulane Law School, has been awarded a 2008 Governor's Arts Award for Cultural Economy Development.

Created in 2005, the ELLA Project has provided free, personalized legal assistance to over 500 Louisiana artists and cultural organizations. The Arts Council congratulates all the project partners, with special applause going to supervising attorney Ashlye Keaton, and thanks Lt. Governor Landrieu and the staff at Culture, Recreation and Tourism for this exciting honor.  
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ELLA Project Non Profit Library
In an effort to provide you more information about effective legal management of your existing or proposed non-profit, the ELLA Project has prepared and compiled the following documents and links.
  • Interested inwhat political activities your 501c3 can engage in? See this document from Americans for the Arts.
  • Wondering whether your artist co-op can be a 501c3? See this opinion from the IRS
  • See this clever tutorial from the IRS on rules and regulations governing 501c3 organizations.
  • If your organization is not a 501c3, you may need a fiscal agent to be eligible for many funding opportunities. Click here to read a great tutorial Guide to Fiscal Sponsorship from the Foundation Center.
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Law Help: Before You Sign a Contract

The ELLA Project presents "Before You Sign a Contract" a primer for aritsts, musicians, performers, and others in the arts, conceived of and written by ELLA Project Intern Holmes Rackleff, under the supervision of attorney Ashlye Keaton.

This document is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice. Legal advice depends on the specific facts of each situation. The information on this web site cannot replace the advice of competent legal counsel licensed in your state.

Click here to read a PDF version of this document.  
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