o n t a c t U s
u r M i s s i o n
LMC's mission is to promote and develop Louisiana's
popular, commercial music and related industries to
produce the highest possible economic and cultural
benefit for the People of Louisiana.
u r H i s t o r y
LMC was created by Act 760 (LA
of the Legislature during the Regular Session of 1979 and
is an agency within the Louisiana
Department of Economic
Since 1992 we generated an 8:1 ratio of economic results
compared to budget. The LMC assisted literally thousands
of music professionals in advancing their careers, and
has been a catalyst for exposing musicians to the public
via radio and television. We are working with higher
education to build the Louisiana music industry's
professional workforce and helping reach thousands of
Louisiana school children with live Louisiana
music history programs.
We facilitated historic musical developments and events
such as the more than one million dollar plan to build an
Walk of Fame
on the Algiers Point Levee and the Louis Armstrong stamp
issuance ceremonies. We are also working with university
law programs to help older songwriters
their rights and royalties.
the leadership of Chairman Ellis L. Marsalis Jr. since
1992, LMC initiatives and activities generated more than
$11 million in economic impact in working to promote and
develop Louisiana's music industry. For more information
on our work, see our Strategic
For more information on our activities, see our
u r S t a f f
by Executive Director Bernie
since 1992, the LMC staff includes Assistant Director
and Executive Assistant Jennifer Tusa. Assisted over the
years by students from local universities, the staff's
list of unprecedented accomplishments expands annually.
Efforts to expand access to radio and television via
shows voluntarily produced and hosted by Bernie Cyrus
have thrived and set examples that others have followed.
Thus the staff of the LMC has contributed to putting more
Louisiana artists on radio and television than ever in
the history of the commission.