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Ashlye Keaton

Co-Founder,
The ELLA Project
New Orleans, LA, USA
Ashlye Keaton practices intellectual property and entertainment law, and she also works in cultural advocacy and policy. Ashlye is the Co-Founder of The Ella Project, a nonprofit based in New Orleans that serves Louisiana artists, musicians and culture bearers with direct legal, business and advocacy services. Ashlye is an adjunct professor for Tulane Law School and the University of New Orleans Graduate School in Arts Administration. She received the distinguished teaching award by Tulane Law class of 2015. Along with other legal successes, Ashlye helped the Mardi Gras Indians by arguing and establishing that their elaborate suits qualify for copyright protection as works of sculpture. She is also noted for her work on the City of New Orleans municipal noise ordinance, and she worked to secure a declaration by the New Orleans city attorney’s office that the 8pm city-wide curfew on publicly performing musical instruments is considered unconstitutional. Ashlye co-founded Music Policy Forum, a North American nonprofit organization dedicated to providing resources and strengthening networks in connection with music and cultural policy. Ashlye is also a co-founding member of the noncomMUSIC Alliance legal advisory board. Ashlye chairs the community advisory board for WWOZ 90.7 FM radio. Ashlye has also served on other boards, including as an officer for the Recording Academy’s Memphis Chapter. Ashlye also served on the creative industries transition team for New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell.