A new resource center is available for Lafayette’s creative community, offering technology access, training, tech support, production assistance and other services.

Tipitina's Music Office Co- Op, located at 510 Johnston St. (on Johnston between Jackson and Vermillion, near the Leather Pouch), 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-toyear 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 Todd Souvignier, Co-Op coordinator for Tipitina's Foundation. "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 twelve hundred 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. In addition the Co-Op provides an array of educational and training resources, access to pro bono legal services, and referrals to a host of other services, programs and opportunities.

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 11AM to 7PM Monday through Friday.

Tipitina's Music Office Co-Op/Lafayette
510 Johnston St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
p: 337.234.5137
f: 337.234.5139
lafayette@tipitinas.com
MusicOfficCoop.com
 

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