NOLA Music Showcase Contest to Spotlight Local Musicians at Essence Fest

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The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC) and the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network (NOMTN) are coordinating to give New Orleans local musicians a first-of-its-kind musical showcase at the 25th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival.

The showcase will take place as the final event during ESSENCE Festival NOLA Media day on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Musicians will compete online and on stage to win a spot to perform during the ESSENCE Festival in July. This showcase offers local talent an incredible chance at visibility and organizers hope it will empower New Orleans’ music industry.

“New Orleans musicians have always been the backbone of the culture, dating back to Congo Square,” according to Essence Banks, NOMTN Executive Director. “We must put our local talent in the spotlight and the contributions they have made to the city and the world. It couldn’t be more befitting than to do this now, during the 25th Anniversary of the ESSENCE Festival,” Banks said.

Mark Romig, President/CEO of NOTMC says the showcase’s goal “is to honor  NOLA’s top local talent, engage festival enthusiasts, and generate excitement.”


For information on the showcase, including how to apply, please visit:


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