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Louisiana Music Commission
The Most Musical Place On The Planet

  C o n t a c t  U s

  O u r  M i s s i o n

The 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.

  O u r  H i s t o r y

The LMC was created by Act 760 (LA RS 25:315) of the Legislature during the Regular Session of 1979 and is an agency within the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. 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 interactive Jazz 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 reacquire their rights and royalties.

Under 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 Plan. For more information on our activities, see our June 2003 Report.

O u r  S t a f f

Led by Executive Director Bernie Cyrus since 1992, the LMC staff includes Assistant Director Steve Picou 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.

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