The Ella Project, a non-profit organization providing pro bono legal, business, and advocacy to Louisiana musicians, artists, and grassroots non-profits, has moved into the OffBeat offices at 421 Frenchmen Street, Second Floor.
“I started reading OffBeat thirty years ago in the Newman High School Library,” says Project Co-Founder Gene Meneray. “To be here on Frenchmen, surrounded by these great artists and steadfast champions of Louisiana culture, is perfect for Ella.”
Founded by Ashlye Keaton and Meneray in 2004 as a project of the Arts Council of New Orleans, Tipitina’s Foundation, and Tulane Law School, The Ella Project became an independent organization earlier this year, and moved into OffBeat’s offices in October. The Project, perhaps best known for securing copyright protection for the suits of Mardi Gras Indians, has served over 2,000 clients since its founding. Ella continues to hold weekly legal clinics by appointment, business and marketing assistance also by appointment, and presents workshops across the state. You can see more at www.EllaNola.org