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Loyola's Music Business Program and offbeat Magazine to host mayoral candidates' music forum on January 14th

Loyola press release - January 4, 2002

(New Orleans)—Loyola University's Music Business Program and offBEAT Magazine will host a Mayoral Candidates' Music Forum. The forum is set for Monday, January 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, located on the 3rd floor of the Monroe Science Complex at the corner of Calhoun and Marquette streets. Admission is free and open to the public.

The forum will focus on issues related to the music industry in New Orleans. The mayoral candidates will be questioned by a panel of local professionals from the music industry. A list of questions pertaining to a variety of topics of concern to the local music community will be provided to the candidates in advance to offer sufficient time in planning their responses. Eight candidates have confirmed their participation in this event, including the Hon. Paulette Irons, Councilman James Singleton, Chief Richard Pennington, Councilman Troy Carter, Emile Labat, Clarence Hunt, Ray Nagin, and the Rev. Leonard Lucas.

The panelists will include Jan Ramsey, publisher of offBEAT Magazine; Gregory Davis, musician and booking agent for Festival Productions; Dr. Scott Fredrickson, the Conrad N. Hilton Eminent Scholar in Music Business at Loyola University; Kim Richardson, music attorney; David Freedman, general manager of WWOZ Radio; Edgar Chase, dean of the Division of Business at Dillard University; and "Deacon John" Moore, musician. The forum will be moderated by Dr. Jerry Goolsby, the Hilton/Baldridge Distinguished Chair in Music Industry Studies at Loyola University.

Topics of discussion will include but are not limited to:

  • importance of the music industry to the economy of New Orleans
  • administration's role in improving the local music industry
  • direction of the New Orleans Music and Entertainment Commission
  • taxation and/or tax incentives for music industry businesses
  • noise ordinance issues
  • music education in public schools
  • inefficiency and corruption in City Hall related to music businesses
  • position on Grammy® Hall of Fame
  • and other issues

For additional information, contact Scott Fredrickson at (504) 865-3984 or via email at musicbiz@loyno.edu; or Jan Ramsey at (504) 944-4300 or via email at janramsey@offbeat.com.