CREATE Opportunity Series is a FREE professional development effort by CREATE Lafayette to grow opportunities to work in the creative industries of Lafayette Parish through professional development and elevating business practices in order for local artists to pursue more successful professional careers in the creative industries within Lafayette Parish. In helping to incubate artists as we do other entrepreneurs, CREATE Lafayette is working with community partners in hosting the CREATE Opportunity Series to match training with opportunities across a variety of industries over time.
For the first series, music is the focus in preparation for showcasing and booking opportunities available to our local musicians in 2020 through the Folk Alliance Conference in New Orleans, January 21-25 and LIME, the Louisiana International Music Exchange, during Festival International. At the end of the series, musicians will have learned a variety of topics led by Scott Durbin of the University of Louisiana Music Business program in order to improve reach, finances, distribution, professionalism and navigating the music industry.
Louisiana Artists receive 50% discount using codes below:
1 or 2  Official Showcase Applicant should use 2020LASoloDuo
3+ (trios and bands) Official Showcase Applicant should use 2020LAGroup
All others should use 2020LAGeneral.
More Info about Folk Alliance at bottom of page.

Register for the Folk Alliance Conference

New Orleans, Louisiana January 21-25, 2020

Apply for the Lafayette Showcase at the Folk Alliance Conference

Conference Registration is REQUIRED

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The series is designed as a class curriculum and participation for the whole series will generate the most success.
Full schedule is below:
October 30
Intellectual Property: Getting the most value from your music
November 13
Revenue Streams: How to get paid
December 4
Business Boot Camp: Doing Business as a musician
December 11
Improving Your Reach: Promoting yourself online and in print
December 18
Improving your Reach: Promoting yourself in person
January 8
Venues: What are they looking for to book you
January 21-25
Folk Alliance International
February 5
Music in Film & TV
February 19-April 15
LIME Preparation
Folk Alliance:
Folk Alliance International (FAI) is pleased to announce a conference partnership with the State of Louisiana through the Lt. Governor's Office of Cultural Development and the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area.

Through this partnership, all musicians, music industry representatives, and cultural sector workers who are residents of the State of Louisiana will receive a reduced rate of fifty percent off the current registration fees to attend the 32nd annual Folk Alliance International conference taking place January 22-26, 2020, at the Sheraton New Orleans. Any Louisiana resident who registered at the standard rate prior to this announcement will be refunded and notified by email. Louisiana residents who will be registering can use the promo code 2020LAGeneral at online registration checkout.

The four-day conference draws over 2900 delegates from 46 countries. Delegates include artists, agents, managers, labels, media, and venues/festival bookers. The event features industry panels,180 juried Official Showcases, thousands of private showcase performances, the Louis Jay Meyers Music Camp, the International Folk Music Awards, community outreach, and an Artist in Residence program. The 2020 conference theme of The Story of People and Place will explore issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and address topics of immigration, intersection, and influence.

A platform for luminaries and rising stars, FAI’s Official Showcases promote a wide array of folk genres including Appalachian, Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Cajun, Celtic, Francophone, Global Roots, Hip-Hop, Indie-Folk, Indigenous, Latin, Old-Time, Singer-Songwriter, Spoken Word, Traditional, Zydeco, and every imaginable fusion.

The Office of Cultural Development serves the citizens of Louisiana by preserving, supporting, developing and promoting Louisiana culture, including archaeology, arts, French language, and historic places.

The mission of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area is to build understanding and identity, raising local, regional, and national awareness of the Atchafalaya region; to strengthen the fabric of the place; to expand economic opportunities, and to increase the community collaboration and involvement within the parishes that constitute the heritage area while supporting a healthier Atchafalaya ecosystem and enhancing natural resource-based recreation opportunities.


About Folk Alliance International (FAI)

Folk Alliance International (FAI) is a registered nonprofit based in Kansas City, Missouri. Founded in 1989, FAI is an advocacy, professional development, and networking organization that produces the world’s largest conference of the folk music community and industry. Guided by a mission “to serve, strengthen, and engage the global folk music community through preservation, presentation, and promotion,” FAI serves over 3,000 members, has five regional affiliate organizations in North America, and supports a Nordic Folk Alliance based in Sweden.

FAI is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all programming. As part of this commitment FAI formally signed on to the Keychange initiative, a pioneering effort that encourages festivals and events globally to achieve a 50:50 gender balance in programming by 2022. FAI achieved this gender equity goal across its Official Showcase roster in 2018 and met the goal across Official Showcases, panels, and guest speakers in 2019.

Louisiana International Music Exchange (LIME):

LIME (Louisiana International Music Exchange) is a free,  private music industry event that includes informational panels, music showcases and a networking opportunity that no musician should miss out on. LIME’s mission is to connect Acadiana musicians with prominent music presenters and talent buyers from around the world to ultimately showcase Lafayette’s music scene.

Festival International seeks to help Louisiana talent reach global audiences and extend knowledge about the music industry. Bands should bring CDs and business cards with them, as LIME 2019 will be introducing them to music buyers from some of the world’s best festivals and events!