La Musique de Louisianne Inc., The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame, applied in 2006 for 501(c)(3) status and received stamped final approval from the Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in early 2007. Under this situation, all gifts and donations are tax deductible under IRS rules. LMDL also received signed approval from current Louisiana Secretary Of State Jay Dardenne to continue use of the name "The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame," first used in 1980 under original organizer Del Moon (with Mike Shepherd as an advisor), and continuously and exclusively used since by Moon and current re-founder Mike Shepherd (with Moon as a current Board member and Media Director).
The mission of La Musique de Louisianne Inc., The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame, is complex. In generaL, the long term goal is to establish a viable music industry for and in the State of Louisiana.
First, our initial goal is to educate the citizens of Louisiana, the United States and the world through this web site, our events and our media releases, by television and internet radio offerings and, as time and funding allows, through The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame, Louisiana Music Center, Rockin' Louisiana Cafe and (Louisiana) Rock'N'Roll Soda Shoppe facilities, to the incredible musical heritage of Artists, Writers, Musicians and Industry talented people who made Louisiana's music the best in the world for decades as they created the soundtrack of the 20th Century.
Second goal for LMDL/LMHOF is to use this knowledge and education as a base or key stone to help rebuild the music industry of the State of Louisiana in a modern model for the good of our artists and performers and to revitalize that once dominant and important sector of the State's economy. Hence, a vaible industry for music in Louisiana.
Louisiana is the cradle of the Blues and the birthplace of Jazz, Dixieland, Rhythm & Blues, Rockabilly, Rock & Roll and Zydeco. Louisiana's musical heritage is second to none in quality, yet remembered by so few of even our own citizens. Across the world in Europe, Great Britian and Japan, Louisiana's music is respected as the best and most innovative. Even in the northern and northeastern states of our country, Louisiana's music is respected, and our histroy making artists and our 20th Century music are remembered with love.
This web site serves as a front end for the dissemination and distribution of information for and about the legendary artists and musicians of Louisiana and our incredible musical heritage.
You can find incredible memorabalia from and about our Inductees, audio/video clips from and about our Inductees, educational and historically accurate audio and soon, video pods and downloads from and about our inductees.
All information gathered and created by The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame will be shared with the Louisiana State Archives.
Our goal is to "remember" our Artists and Musicians and, in doing so, help them and our State to regain lost prominence in the music community of the world and begin to restore and rebuild the music industry of Louisiana..
Louisiana's food is a well known and honored commodity, but our music is just as impressive and just as important. It also deserves to be returned to its rightful place.
La Musique de Louisianne Inc., The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame was formed to preserve and present the heritage of the music and the music business of the State of Louisiana by honoring achievement in talent, performance, writing and technical and business aspects of the industry; providing educational materials and educational assistance on Louisiana Music and Artists to libraries, schools and other interested parties, and, additionally, to perpetuate the music and music business of Louisiana and our legacy of excellence by presenting and aiding selected new talent.
La Musique/LMHOF is currently seeking to occupy a facilities in historic downtown New Orleans, Louisiana and Shreveport, Lousiana and an incredible Central Louisiana development for the ages. The proposed Louisiana Music Center facilities will include a "Rockin' Louisiana Cafe" and "Rockin' Louisiana Soda Shoppe" featuring memorabilia and nostalgia including records, sleeves, posters, etc., and "The Louisiana Music Walk Of Fame" similar to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame honoring Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame Inductees.Regional mini facilities are planned for the future in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and other areas to coincide with the Regional Hall Of Fame Artists areas.
The facilities can be simple viewable locations, "Rockin' Louisiana Soda Shoppe" theme types with soda fountain type atmosphere and limited refreshments, full RLCafe and LAMWOF with music venue for presentation of our Artists in live performance or full blown multi-area museum including limitedstatic physical displays as well as its' primary multimedia presentations driven by current digital technology. Physical displays will include original artwork of Inductees, Inductees ‘memorabilia, pictures, awards and other items. The technological displays will include large screen menu driven professionally narrated presentations of Inductees and their achievements featuring archive footage as well as current produced live footage, historical materials and interviews.
A television series, "Louisiana Ticket", currently in broadcast, and features Artists' Live recorded performances mixed with biographical materials and interviews.
An organization for supporters of La Musique de Louisianne Inc.'s The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame has been formed as Krewe Musique de Louisianne.
Each "brick & mortar" facilities will feature several sections divided by musical and geographical criteria with Inductees being divided into the following areas and displays, including Regional Honors Halls: Acadiana Regional Hall of Fame, Baton Rouge Area Regional Hall of Fame, New Orleans Area Regional Hall of Fame and North Louisiana Regional Hall of Fame.
Inductees are considered from Artists and music business men and women that have contributed by deed and talent to create the outstanding music of the State of Louisiana and will be picked for the LMHOF or Regional Hall(s) from the following categories:
- Native Artists (born in Louisiana)
Initially, priority will be given to older & living artists in order to preserve and record their heritage as well as possible.
Induction ceremonies will be accompanied by concert performances of Louisiana Artists and La Musique's Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame Inductees in areas across the State of Louisiana, and may be accompanied by fund raising events.
To help create our facilities presentations, all produced and staged events of La Musique are professionally photographed and recorded in HDV digital video and multi track digital audio and, with releases from participating artists, will be aired through public or private broadcasting facilities as “Louisiana Ticket”, similar in form to current offerings from PBS. The name “Louisiana Ticket”, will also be used to feature Louisiana Music and Artists in showcase via live recordings from La Musique supported venues and events as well as interviews with Louisiana Artists .Some recordings of the events may be additionally offered in limited release via DVD with additional information and portions of the facility’s presentations in commemorative form. Currently, "Louisiana Ticket" airs in over twenty parishes from Slidell to Thibodaux to Lafayette.
Each major Induction event will be depicted artistically in commemorative artwork for the facilities, and each Inductees presentation piece will be original derived artwork from the Artist's career. Reproductions of the original artwork may also be offered for sale as a fund raising item in several sizes and forms, or may accompany fund raiser tickets as memorabilia.
Fund raising productions and concerts will include Inductees past and present, Louisiana Artists and up and coming Louisiana Artists in showcase.
New albums featuring special presentations of Louisiana Artists & Louisiana Music in unique recordings and collaborations, including "lost" tracks, unreleased tracks, compilations, and historic recordings, will be produced and offered as fund raising devices and industry releases to stand on their own merit in the market.
Also, in the fundraising plan is a coffee table book featuring released photographs of Louisiana Artists, LMHOF Induction artwork, posters and waybills from Louisiana musical venues and events, current photos of Louisiana Artists, as well as a unique book and DVD combination product reflecting the history of popular music in Louisiana.
Corporate sponsors are welcomed for assistance in the facility as well as events. All available grants, private and municipal/state assistance funding sources will be sought. All funds will be supervised under the oversight of an attorney and CPA and will comply with all reporting, disbursement and collection standards under our IRS 501 (c) (3) granted status.
Our Advisory Board and Executive Advisory Board are composed of selected individuals with an interest and background in Louisiana music and the Louisiana music business provide input in the selection of artists, as well as lending their expertise to the success of the project..