Music Rising at Tulane will foster national and international study through the work of K-12 educators and university scholars. The program is dedicated to the study, preservation, and the promotion of musical cultures of the Gulf South region, including the states of Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas, as well as the Carribean, Latin America and the African Diaspora. The initiative is housed in the New Orleans Center for Gulf South at Tulane University. Rebecca Snedeker, an accomplished documentary filmmaker, capturing an Emmy for Outstanding Historical Programming-Long Form in 2011 for her documentary Witness: Katrina, is the Clark Executive Director of the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South and leads the Music Rising at Tulane program.

Music Rising at Tulane is a partnership between Tulane University and the Music Rising Foundation, an organization co-founded by U2’s The Edge, producer Bob Ezrin, and a host of partners from the music industry. Its initial goal included the restoration and preservation of New Orlean’s unique musical traditions immediately after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Since then, it has gone on to become a national disaster relief fund and has supplied aid to thousands of music students, professional musicians and church members. Music Rising is now administered by Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

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The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University (NOCGS) explores the region’s intersections with Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean through research, community engagement and a new curriculum. The NOCGS is the academic steward of the Music-Rising-at-Tulane initiative and it is home to a new major, the Musical Cultures of the Gulf South (MCGS). The NOCGS is dedicated to building a field of study focused on the region’s music and culture.

KID smART works with the arts to engage children in learning about themselves and the world in which we live, through initiatives that focus on arts integration, increasing student learning, improving teacher effectiveness and building teaching artist capacity. Artist Corps New Orleans addresses community needs through music education – training music educators, nurturing creativity, and promoting civic engagement while furthering the musical legacy of New Orleans. Both organizations are facilitating content development and beta testing of the Music Rising K-12 Educator Resources.

Tutti Dynamics developed an interactive video platform, Tutti Music Player, that enables users to study the performances of master musicians and play with them. Tutti has produced content with many of the world’s top artists including Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, professors from Berklee College of Music, and many of New Orleans most respected musicians.

The NOLA Hiphop Archive is a digital archive of New Orleans hiphop and bounce founded in 2012 by director Holly Hobbs and supported by the Amistad Research Center and the N.O. Center for the Gulf South. New Orleans has fostered an influential hiphop scene since the 1990s and yet the city’s foundational rappers, producers and DJs remain largely invisible as creators of “New Orleans music.” To date, the NOLA Hiphop Archive contains more than thirty-five videotaped interviews with pioneering rap and bounce artists like Mannie Fresh, Mystikal, KLC, DJ Jubilee and Ricky B.

The Porch Sessions is a series of web-based interviews and performances covering the vibrant contemporary music scene in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, a historical crossroads between the Mississippi Delta and New Orleans. Hosted by guitarist Drew Young and recorded by his collaborator Paul West, these interviews capture musicians from a range of Gulf South genres — blues, country, Cajun, gospel, Americana. Each twenty-minute session has three seven-minute sections — each has a song, some storytelling, and the musician’s backstory. Music-Rising at Tulane is proud to partner with veteran guitarist Drew Young, an artist-in-residence at the University of Southern Mississippi, to showcase this original, innovative series.

Confetti Park is a radio program and podcast focused on the children’s music and stories of Louisiana. Katy Hobgood Ray is your host and producer. For each episode, she mixes together field recordings and commercial music along with in-studio interviews and performances with authors, musicians, and folklorists.

KnowLouisiana is a production of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities that tells the stories of Louisiana through powerful scholarship, dynamic digital media and innovative public events. Launched in 2015, the site synthesizes the award-winning quarterly magazine Louisiana Cultural Vistas with KnowLA.org, a robust, scholar-driven digital encyclopedia, to present the stories, artistry and cultural heritage of Louisiana in dynamic, accessible ways. With a quarter century of research, essays, and media from the LEH archives, with strong partners around the state, and with the support of our readers and contributors, this site raises the bar on what it means to know Louisiana.

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