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ELLA Project Offers Pro Bono Legal Assistance for Artists

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, 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. Tulane Law School interns assist supervising attorney Ashlye Keaton in delivering legal services.

To request an appointment call The Arts Council of New Orleans: 504-523-1465 or email to

A Project of the Arts Council of New Orleans in partnership with the Tipitina's Foundation and Tulane Law School Community Service Program.

The ELLA Project is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Bar Foundation and the Greater New Orleans Foundation 
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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.
  • 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.
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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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