National Concert Tours And Broadway Productions Propel The Live Performance Industry

Louisiana provides the perfect space for any production with readily available theaters and live performance venues, as well as competitive incentives, a business-friendly climate and rich creative culture. Whether launching a national concert tour or staging a new theatrical production, Louisiana’s unique blend of advantages creates the ultimate opportunity for success. Recent live performances have included artists as diverse as Taylor Swift, George Strait, Cirque de Soleil, Eric Church and Jason Aldean.

The state is home to many world-class, state-of-the-art facilities. With the renovated historic Saenger Theatre, as well as the Strand, Civic, Joy and Carver theaters, Louisiana is a major destination for Broadway and other live performances. Shreveport-Bossier City welcomed Jimmy Buffet’s Paradise Theater which offers visitors a very intimate experience. Tipitina’s Co-Op expanded to Lake Charles and Monroe, complementing existing facilities in Shreveport, New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

The Musical and Theater Production Tax Incentive Reduces Costs

The Musical and Theatrical Production Tax Incentive offers a unique tax credit for production expenditures and state-certified higher education musical or theatrical infrastructure projects, with tax credit value increasing with the total production expenditures:

  • 7 percent tax credit for certified Louisiana expenditures between $100,000 and $300,000
  • 14 percent tax credit for certified Louisiana expenditures between $300,000 and $1,000,000
  • 18 percent tax credit for certified Louisiana expenditures over $1,000,000

In addition, the state offers a 7 percent tax credit on payroll expenditures for Louisiana residents. The program is subject to a cap of $10 million per fiscal year. 

Live Projects

Bold Sphere Music at Champion's Square

Bold Sphere Music has partnered with Champion's Square to provide an all-star concert series, including performances by Sigur Ros, Lana Del Rey, Pretty Lights, Peter Frampton, The Doobie Brothers, Justin Moore, Darius Rucker and more.

Civic and The Bowery Presents

Honoring the past, creating the future and reveling in the present, The Bowery Presents partnered with New Orleans’ legendary Civic Theatre in 2014 to add to their ever-growing family of venues.

New Orleans Opera Association 2014-15 Season

The season brings four fully staged works to the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, including Carmen, Rusalka, Lucia Di Lammermoor and The Marriage of Figaro.

VAREKAI Restaging

Cirque du Soleil returns to Louisiana, after restaging Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour in 2012, with VAREKAI in 2013.

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