LT. GOV. LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES EXPERT FILM AND SOUND RECORDING PANEL AT CULTURAL ECONOMY SUMMIT II -- 08/23/2005
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August 22, 2005
LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES EXPERT FILM AND SOUND RECORDING PANEL
Panel Discussion on Fostering the Fastest Growing Industry in the State
New Orleans, LA – Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu today announced the film and sound-recording experts who will join the Cultural Economy Summit II, held in New Orleans on August 25. The following will lead an informative panel discussion on building the entertainment industry in Louisiana:
“The panel will discuss ways to create a better business environment and recommend specific long-term and immediate strategies for the entertainment industry in Louisiana,” said Landrieu. “This is important work because according to our study - ‘Louisiana: Where Culture Means Business’ - the film and sound-recording industry is the fastest growing in the state.”
According to the Louisiana Department of Labor, between 2001 and 2003, the Motion Picture and Sound Recording industry added 728 jobs and preliminary quarterly estimates for 2004 show that another 550 film and sound recording jobs were added between 2003 and 2004.
At the Cultural Economy Summit II, the results of a comprehensive study on Louisiana’s cultural economy will be unveiled. The report, “Louisiana: Where Culture Means Business,” defines the potential of art and culture as a viable sector of the state’s overall economy.
Of the report, Landrieu said, “It is candid, forthcoming, insightful and practical. It provides critical research, concrete facts, and perceptive suggestions that will be the basis of the strategic plan to build Louisiana’s cultural economy.”
The study funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and conducted by cultural economists from Mt. Auburn Associates. Research was compiled over a 10-month period.
In addition to hearing this groundbreaking report, participants may discuss the Cultural Economy’s next steps at the following four workshops: Institute of Culture in the Americas- Education Consortium on Capacity Building; Market Development and Support for Cultural Industries; CULTUREAMERICAS World Expo and Summit; and Positioning Louisiana's Film Industry for the Future. The conference will also feature a special tribute to Chief Tootie Montana.
“It is my belief that this conference will yield volumes of important feedback from the varied creative industries across the state,” said Angele Davis, Secretary of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. “To make this a reality, we need strong community participation.”
Please find conference agenda attached.
Cultural Economy Summit II: Louisiana’s Next Steps
7:30 a.m. Registration opens