Sync Up Music & Cinema 2015

by Jordan McGuire on April 7, 2015


Sync Up Conference returns to New Orleans April 27-29. Here’s the press release:

Sync Up – the entertainment industry conference during Jazz Fest – makes its eighth annual appearance at a new venue: The George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center.

Join us for seven days of educational and networking sessions for independent artists and industry professionals in music, film and digital media, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. Admission is free, but seating is limited so advance registration is required.

Sync Up brings together leaders in music, film and digital media for educational and networking events – all designed to help independent artists navigate the ever-changing landscape of new media.

As in the past, Sync Up Music will host sessions on the mornings of the Friday and Saturday of both weekends of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell – April 24-25 and May 1-2.

Sync Up Cinema (organized by our colleagues at the New Orleans Video Access Center and the New Orleans Film Society) will present film screenings and workshops on the MondayWednesday between Jazz Fest weekends – April 27-29.

And once again our friends at Launch Fest – which connects technology start-ups with venture capital – will take place on the Thursday between weekends, April 30.

Admission to all Sync Up events is free, but seating is limited so advance registration is required.

Register for Sync Up Music here, and for Sync Up Cinema here. Register for Launch Fest here.

Sync Up Music will be streamed in live video at And don’t forget that you can always watch the content from previous editions of Sync Up at our YouTube channel here.

We’re proud to host Sync Up at our new building, the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center (map) – a state-of-the-art education and performance facility located at the gateway to the Tremé neighborhood.

Sync Up MUSIC Highlights At a Glance

Music Publishing: A keynote interview with Matt Pincus, CEO and founder of Songs Music Publishing, which with artists like Lorde, DJ Mustard and Q-Tip is one of the hottest boutique publishers in the business.
Touring: Two panels featuring booking agents with long experience helping up-and-coming as well as established acts build profitable careers on the road.
Independent Distribution: A keynote interview with David Macias, co-founder and CEO of Thirty Tigers, who is helping independent artists top the charts and score Grammy nominations while owning their own masters.
Crowdfunding: A panel with local artists who can share lessons from working with various platforms, including Indiegogo, Pledge Music and Kickstarter.
Case Studies: Sturgill Simpson and Aaron Watson, two artists who’ve hit the big time on self-released records, will be the subjects of special presentations.
Digital Distribution: Top leaders from BitTorrent will discuss why their platform – once known only for file sharing (stealing) – is now the first choice for rappers like Curren$y and rock stars like Thom Yorke of Radiohead.
E-Commerce: The drummer Stanton Moore shares his creative ideas for making money over the Internet.
Music In Film: Music coordinators for three TV shows that are filming right now on the streets of New Orleans will explain how best to get local music into their shows.

NOVAC-webSync Up CINEMA Highlights At a Glance

Sync Up Cinema, programmed by NOVAC, is bringing you great locally produced projects, music documentaries and industry experts in film.  Highlights include:

The Newport Effect: Telling the story of the Newport Folk Festival, founded by George Wein, the founder of Jazz Fest, who will be in attendance along with the filmmakers and special guests – preceded by a trailer for The Blues House, currently in production.
Fresh Dressed: Fresh from Sundance, Sascha Jenkins’ documentary explores the intersection of fashion and hip-hop. Presented by the New Orleans Film Society.
Gimme Shelter: The Maysles brothers’ iconic rock documentary of the Rolling Stones’ infamous 1969 concert at the Altamont Motor Speedeay, presented by Shotgun Cinema.
This Ain’t No Mouse Music: Exploring the genesis and history of Arhoolie Records, which preserves American roots music, especially Louisiana.  Filmmaker Maureen Gosling will attend.
Local Films: Sync Up Cinema will present the BEST OF THE FESTS, the best of Louisiana short films from the New Orleans Film Festival, TImeCode NOLA, 48HR Film Project and the Louisiana Film Prize, as well as Brian Harrison Nelson’s KEEPER OF THE FLAME and NOVAC’s Digital Youth project, PROJECT 10.

Sync Up Cinema also will feature panels and conversations with industry experts, including an indie filmmaker’s guide to exhibition presented by Shotgun Cinema, and a Louisiana Independent Film Producer’s panel featuring Angela Tucker, Amy Mitchell-Smith and Josh Penn.

For the complete schedule of events, please visit us online at

Sync Up is a program of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. Sponsors include:

Louisiana Entertainment
The New Orleans Video Access Center
The New Orleans Film Society
The Recording Academy – Memphis Chapter
The City of New Orleans
The Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development
The Arts Council of New Orleans
Basin Street Records
Cineworks Louisiana
Shotgun Cinema
Final Draft
Napper Law
Second Line Stages
Hollywood Rentals
Breathe Video Nation

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest (and other raised funds) for year-round activities in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For more on what we do, please visit us online at