LAFAYETTE – A new resource center for Lafayette’s creative community is now open, offering technology access, training, tech support, production assistance and other services. Tipitina’s Music Office Co- Op, located at 510 Johnston St., is part of a statewide network of Music Co-Ops operated by the non-profit Tipitina’s Foundation.
A workforce development and job skills training program, Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Op was first established in 2003 in New Orleans and also operates in Shreveport, Alexandria, and Baton Rouge. The project is funded in part by the State of Louisiana, through the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and The Goldring Family Foundation.
A 2007 economic impact study shows Co-Op members reporting substantial year-to-year increases in their music or media income, which are directly attributed to participation in the Co-Op. Reported income gains range from 30% pre-Katrina to around 9% post-Katrina.
“Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Op has a simple, persuasive offer,” says Tipitina’s Foundation Co-Op Coordinator Todd Souvignier. “If you could give yourself a raise, and do so by having better tools, some help with the tools, a pleasant and fully-equipped place to work, plus interaction with others who are engaged in the same pursuits, would you give it a shot? More than 1,200 Louisiana cultural workers have already said ‘yes’ to that proposition, and make use of the Co-Op.”
Co-Op members have access to Windows PCs with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite; Macintosh computers with Pro Tools, Final Cut Pro, Garageband and Reason; high-speed Internet; plus phones, fax, scanners, printers, and other office equipment. The Co-Op also provides educational and training resources, access to pro bono legal services and referrals.
Although geared for adults, Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Op welcomes professional and aspiring musicians and artists of all ages. Active members pay a $10 membership fee each month that they use the Co-Op. The Lafayette Co-Op is managed by Lafayette native Rachel Nederveld. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
A Grand Opening is set for Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., featuring local music, remarks by city and state officials, and food catered by Big Blue from New Orleans. Staff and members will be available to answer questions and visitors can tour the facilities. The Blue Moon will host a concert to benefit the Co-Op later that evening featuring local musicians such as Carol Fran, Andy Cornett, and Marty Christian. For more information, click here.