Sweet Home New Orleans wants your input on which New Orleans music venues deserve a Seal of Approval. Venues are evaluated in four categories:
1.) COMPENSATION OF MUSICIANS New Orleans has the best musicians in the world. They deserve to be paid like the professionals they are, and their livelihood is heavily dependent on live performances. Our ultimate goal is to show that when musicians are compensated fairly for their craft, the music experience is enhanced.
2.) SHOW MARKETING Both venues and musicians are responsible in part for show promotions. We have designed education programs to help musicians understand their role in this process. Once musicians or their teams provide promotional materials to the venues, the venues should do their part to promote each show strategically in house and on social media, their websites, and various publications.
3.) VENUE SOUND QUALITY Audiences and musicians can both agree that sound quality can make or break a performance. Venues that have nice equipment and a staff person to run sound on a functional sound system greatly aid the musical experience for all.
4.) SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Sweet Home New Orleans supports venues that follow both ethics and the law. We encourage venues to not only secure proper licenses and permits, but to also treat their musicians with professionalism and honesty.