Festival International’s Louisiana International Music Exchange (LIME) Partners With Tipitina’s Foundation for Musicians Workshop

Lafayette, LA, March 10, 2015 – Each year, Festival International de Louisiane hosts the Louisiana International Music Exchange (LIME) to promote and present Louisiana musicians to music industry professionals from around the world. Sponsored by the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission and Lafayette Entertainment Initiative, the event takes place on the Friday of Festival International and encourages professional networking opportunities and interactions, while showcasing Louisiana musicians.

New to LIME this year is a workshop at Tipitina’s Co-Op (203 Jefferson St.) in advance of the event to help local musicians sell their music at LIME. Taking place March 24 at 6:30 p.m., the workshop will include staff from Festival International and Tipitina’s educating musicians on how to revise their elevator pitch, maximize their promotional materials, anticipate questions from buyers and register for LIME.

“Festival International does so much for our community and we are excited and thankful to be a part of this workshop, which is a terrific way the staff of Festival is giving back to the musicians of Acadiana,” says Chad Fouquier with Tipitina’s. “We are hoping that the participants walk away with a more advanced concept of how to effectively package and sell their act to potential buyers.”

All-female trio Sweet Cecilia attended LIME and played a showcase last year. “LIME definitely opened the doors for Sweet Cecilia,” says band member Laura Huval. “It helped us to gain a local following and we’ll be back this year with recordings of our music to hopefully book more shows in the state and beyond.”

LIME is scheduled for Friday, April 24, at the Feed & Seed and will host a private Musicians Lounge and Speed Booking with registered musicians and music buyers. The event will then open the doors to the public for a five-band showcase of local musicians. LIME’s invited guests consist of music supervisors, event presenters, festival programmers, record labels, A&R, agents, etc. As LIME enters its eighth year, the event strives to evolve and at the same time fulfill its original mission to boost Louisiana’s cultural economy by capitalizing on the state’s largest cultural export — music.

Louisiana musicians and music industry professional can register for LIME at http://lime2015.eventbrite.com.

LIME initially arose as a response to an effort by the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism’s Office of Cultural Development’s appeal to institutions across Louisiana to look for new and innovative ways to boost Louisiana’s cultural economy. LIME was the first to answer this call, using Festival International as the setting for interaction between the musicians of Acadiana and a bevy of presenters, agents and labels. The Louisiana International Music Exchange not only forms a network between artists and presenters, but also increases the economic wealth of Louisiana by creating jobs and futures. LIME capitalizes on Louisiana’s largest cultural export — music. To learn more about LIME, visit festivalintl.staging.wpengine.com/special-events/lime/ or www.facebook.com/louisianainternationalmusicexchange.

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