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Ashlye Keaton

Co-Founder,
The ELLA Project
New Orleans, 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 also faculty at 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 that their elaborate suits qualified 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 helped to secure a declaration by the New Orleans city attorney’s office that the 8pm city-wide curfew on musical instruments is considered unconstitutional. Ashlye is the Chair of the community advisory board for WWOZ 90.7 FM radio station. Ashlye has also served on other boards, including as an officer for the Recording Academy’s Memphis Chapter. Ashlye is currently serving on
the creative industries sub-committee for Mayor-Elect LaToya Cantrell’s transition team.
Ashlye is the head choreographer and instructor for the New Orleans Children’s Ballet.