They value the culture of New Orleans and Louisiana and give its creators the freedom to express themselves in ways that are just, equitable, and beneficial to the artists, customers, and their varied community.
The Arts Council of New Orleans, Tipitina's Foundation, and Tulane Law School joined together to create The Ella Project in 2004 with the goal of offering direct pro bono legal services to low-income Louisiana artists, musicians, and grassroots non-profits.
The Ella Project increased its commitment to offering pro bono legal aid, arts business services, and advocacy to their cultural community in 2016 after serving over 3000 clients and became an autonomous 501c3 nonprofit.
Free legal services for musicians and artists with low to moderate incomes. The Ella Project offers direct one-on-one assistance in matters of copyright, trademark, contract creation and review, licensing, business formation, nonprofit formation, and bylaw creation/revision, among other matters pertinent to the arts, under the direction of Project Co-Founder Ashlye Keaton and her team of Tulane Law students.
Through their Louisiana Invents Program, they offer free legal aid to inventors with low to moderate incomes. To be linked with a licensed patent attorney, people can apply to this program if they need assistance with the patent application process.