LIME 2018

Thursday, April 26th | 2:00 PM-5:00 PM

Are you a music industry professional looking to book up-and-coming musicians or bands?


Are you a local musician looking to expand your music career?

LIME (Louisiana International Music Exchange) is for BOTH musicians and music industry professionals active in some part of the industry.

There will be a live showcase of Louisiana's quickly rising bands, along with selected speakers and panels. During the event, musicians will have time to meet and share their materials with industry professionals in attendance. In turn, professionals have a chance to meet and see some of the best musicians in South Louisiana.

2018 Schedule

1:45-2 p.m. Welcome to LIME (Louisiana International Music Exchange)

2-2:20 p.m. Jourdan Thibodeaux et Les Rodailleurs (Cajun showcase)

2:30-3 p.m. Panel Discussion for Musicians

3-3:20 p.m. Networking

3:20-3:40 p.m. Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band (Zydeco showcase)

3:50-4:20 p.m. Panel Discussion for Presenters

4:20-4:35 p.m. Networking

4:35-5 p.m. Yvette Landry & The Jukes (Swamp Pop showcase)

5-6 p.m. Happy Hour with Shrugs (Folk showcase)


Meet Our 2018 Panelists


Moderator Reid Wick of the Recording Academy

Reid Wick serves as the Recording Academy’s senior membership and project manager, creating networking and professional development programs, as well as coordinating localized advocacy efforts. For two years post-Hurricane Katrina, Wick served MusiCares as administrator of the MusiCares Hurricane Relief and Music Rising programs. Prior to joining the Recording Academy, Wick worked at Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Music as marketing communications manager and concert series producer and instructor for the Music Industry Studies Program. Wick also co-owned STR Digital Records, which produced over 25 critically-acclaimed releases. He continues to be an active musician, performing regularly as guitarist with New Orleans favorite party band, the Bucktown All-Stars.


Mel Puljic of the awesome company

For 25 years, Mel Puljic has forged a unique path in A&R, artist and label management, intellectual property and the touring industry. With operational locations in the US, UK and Africa, the awesome company is a boutique live music agency with a damn cool roster. Puljic has worked with the Pixies, Las Cafeteras, Salif Keita, Nine Inch Nails, Fela Kuti, Cesaria Evora, Arrested Development, Snarky Puppy, Jorge Ben, Seu Jorge, St. Germain, Kruder and Dorfmesieter, Thievery Corporation, Hugh Masekela and countless more. He will address music buyers, as well as students and young musicians, about how to become a professional, get an agent, etc.


Mathieu Rousseau of Bonsound

Booking agent for Canadian singer Lisa LeBlanc, Mathieu Rousseau works with Bonsound. Founded in 2004, Bonsound is based in Montreal and is an an artist management company, a record label, a booking agency, a concert producer and a promotion and publicity agency. Rousseau will speak to musicians about how to break into the Canadian market.

David Chavez of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

David Chavez has presented artists from all over the globe at venues, theaters and festivals across Chicago for 15 years. He is a co-curator of the Chicago World Music Festival and curator of the Millennium Park Music Series, some of the most respected platforms for international music presentation in North America. He will speak to both presenters and musicians about what goes into putting on events of this magnitude.

Martin Nolan of Management Promotion International

Martin Nolan formed MPI booking agency and management company in 2000. The agency now has an international reputation, attracting many of Ireland's top international acts, such as Socks in the Frying Pan, to its roster. He also runs Essential Artists booking agency out of Nashville. Nolan is an expert on and will speak about how to get niche indigenous music, like Cajun, Zydeco and Celtic, in front of a wider audience.


Ehren Cruz, Performing Arts Director for LEAF Community Arts

LEAF Community Arts is a nonprofit organization building community, connecting cultures and enriching lives through musics and arts. In the past five years, Cruz has successfully produced eight consecutive sellout LEAF Festivals, welcoming 12,000 patrons and over 400 artists in the heart of Western North Carolina. He also serves as the lead producer of LEAF Downtown AVL, the largest, free non-ticketed event in Downtown Asheville. He will speak about creativity, diversity and community in relation to the power of music.

If you are interested in attending as a Music Industry Professional, please reserve a ticket under the Music Industry Professional/Presenter ticket choice (limit 4 persons per organization).

For musicians and bands, please reserve your ticket under the Musician/Band choice (limit 2 per band).

You can also find this event on the LIME Facebook page. LIME is FREE to attend, but registration is required. Please fill in all required information so that we can sucessfully process your reservation.

Have questions about LIME 2018? Contact Erin Z. Bass at


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