Musical Traditions And Low Production Costs Set Foundations For Industry Success

Louisiana is known as the birthplace of jazz and is home to numerous Grammy award winners and nominees. The state’s renowned creative culture has nurtured legendary recordings artists — including Dr. John, Rebirth Brass Jazz Band, Trombone Shorty and Kenny Wayne Shepherd — and even inspired entire genres like swamp pop and zydeco. State-of-the-art recording studios, a unique production rebate and highly skilled studio musicians and engineers create an unrivaled opportunity for success in sound recording in Louisiana.

Since the launch of the music incentive program, the state’s already-established production industry has grown at a rapid pace. New and expanding recording studios and world-class musicians, engineers and other recording industry professionals now call Louisiana home.

Complementing the film industry in Louisiana, film scoring is quickly becoming an important part of the music production mix in the state, with the opening of Esplanade Studios in New Orleans. Additionally, Blade Studios in Shreveport offers a recording space unlike any other.

“It was great recording my last album ‘Goin’ Hom’e in my hometown at Blade Studios in Shreveport. North Louisiana now has a world-class recording studio that exists in part as a result of the various incentives Louisiana has for our industry, including the Sound Recording Investors Tax Credit. In a world of shrinking recording budgets, Louisiana has led the way in creating incentives for artists to come and work in our state.”– Kenny Wayne Shepherd, platinum recording artist

The Sound Recording Tax Credit Reduces Costs

The Sound Recording Investor Tax Credit provides an 18 percent tax credit for qualified sound recording projects made in Louisiana. The program is subject to a cap of $2.16 million in tax credits per calendar year.

Music Projects

Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch

In 2014, six-time Grammy winner, Dr. John released his Louis Armstrong tribute album "Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch" on Concord Records on August 19 and Proper Records on September 1.

The Animalnauts

In early 2013, Dave Matthews participated in a jam session at Blade Studios in Shreveport, Louisiana with Jakob Dylan, Charlie Sexton, Blade Studios co-owner Brady Blade and Sexton's brother Will.

Beach House

Beach House is a dream pop duo from Baltimore, Maryland, formed in 2004.

Rose Windows

Rose Windows is a psych rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed by songwriter Chris Cheveyo in the fall of 2010.

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