A similar earlier bill was first introduced by Sen. Mike Michot. Louisiana Crossroads Director Todd Mouton and Scott Aiges, director of music business development for the New Orleans mayor's office of economic development, testified before the Senate Revenue and Fiscal affairs committee on how the bill could foster more investment in Louisiana's music industry.
The adopted bill, Act No. 485, is similar to the controversial film tax credits that grant filmmakers tax breaks to film in Louisiana. Proponents contend that the credits import revenue into Louisiana, while opponents argue that over time, the credit could bleed tax revenue from the state's coffers.
Louisiana Music Commission Executive Director Bernie Cyrus estimates that there are some 300 studios operating in Louisiana, not counting the increasing number of smaller home-based recording studios.
For more than a year, Dirk Powell has been recording and mixing music at The Cypress House, his studio in Parks. He's recorded local acts like The Red Stick Ramblers, Feu Follet, Corey Ledet, and Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys.
Powell says the musicians he talks with outside of Louisiana find recording here appealing. "They know that the ambiance and the general lifestyle and energy of southwest Louisiana will produce a good experience for recording," he says. "The sense of the area and the priorities inspire them. I've seen it happen a lot of times.
"It helps to offer them a financial incentive," he adds. "It also further proves that Louisiana recognizes its own unique culture and its own value. That's something that's not always talked about ' the fact that Louisiana takes the music industry seriously, as this indicates. I'm really glad that Gov. Blanco saw the wisdom of this. It just bodes well for Louisiana, recognizing that its culture is probably one if its best assets ' economically and otherwise."
Will $400 be enough for the re-election campaign of LPSB's Hunter Beasley to overcome two years of holding our school system hostage and hurting the education of our children all because of a personal dislike of the superintendent?
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said Friday he expects his playing status in Detroit to be decided by coach Sean Payton on Sunday, shortly before the game.
Lawmakers have sidestepped a decision on whether they accept claims from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration that the state closed last year's books with a nearly $179 million surplus.
Coming off the high of a fourth quarter comeback against Tampa Bay and a helpful bye week, linebacker Junior Galette sees a real turnaround coming for New Orleans' struggling defense.
Former President Bill Clinton, the Democratic Party's most popular surrogate this fall, is heading to Louisiana early next week for a campaign rally with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Time and again you hear people say DA Mike Harson is unbeatable because he's doled out political favors over the past 20 years. But a new lawsuit could end that speculation.
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Did the state close last year's books with a surplus or a deficit?
Practicing without limitations on Wednesday, running back Mark Ingram looked ready to return to a New Orleans offense that once again ranks among the NFL's best when the Saints play at Detroit on Sunday.
It’s been decided: Superintendents of Louisiana’s public school system will retain the controversial powers granted by Act 1 of the 2012 session.
Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy has a bone to pick with the Jindal administration, which recently — surprise! — announced that the state ended the most recent budget year with a $178.5 million dollar surplus.
The messaging battle, however, isn't tied to individual campaign accounts. Third-party groups have poured millions of dollars into advertising.
With her political future in jeopardy, Sen. Mary Landrieu is turning to a natural constituent base in her re-election bid.
Terrance Broadway threw for a touchdown and rushed for 113 yards to lead Louisiana-Lafayette to a 34-10 victory over Texas State on Tuesday night.
Aligned with the party of an unpopular president, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu sought to keep her distance from the Obama administration, against claims from her chief Republican challenger Bill Cassidy that a vote to re-elect the Democratic incumbent was a vote for Barack Obama.
Seven people in Louisiana and two others in Mississippi have been arrested in connection with an international online sales scam.
Despite the hype and potential misinformation to have spread in the wake of Mark Cockerham’s recent departure from the LPSB, his candidacy for reelection is still on — now with the backing of the Chamber's Empower PAC.
No, seriously, the state says today cops nabbed seven people suspected of being “members and affiliates of Romanian organized crime.” In Lafayette.
LSU’s all-time leading rusher and three-time Super Bowl champion Kevin Faulk, UL Lafayette great and Super Bowl quarterback Jake Delhomme and coaching legend Yvette Girouard will be enshrined next summer.
Severe storms that moved across Louisiana caused widespread damage and power outages.
A dispute over the Common Core education standards won't sideline Louisiana's application for up to $15 million in federal grant money for pre-kindergarten programs, Gov. Bobby Jindal decided Monday.
The three main contenders in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race are squaring off in a TV debate for the first time, with only three weeks to go until Election Day.
A state judge signed an order Monday temporarily blocking ash from the incineration of a Texas Ebola victim's belongings to be disposed of at a southwest Louisiana site.