NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  Ozone Music Education Foundation

The recipient entity's physical address:
           40225 Crowes Landing Rd
Pearl River, LA 70452

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           P.O. Box 23
Mandeville, LA 70471

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Greg Barnhill
Michael Blache
James "Buzz" Jackson
Christine Barnhill

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  8235

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $50,000

What type of request is this?  General Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Gregory William Barnhill
139 Normandy Dr.; Mount Juliet, TN 37122

Michael Blache
Address: 711 Colbert Street; Mandeville, La 70448

Christine Barnhill Tramel
40225 Crowes Landing Rd; Pearl River La 70452

Kate Fusilier
111 West 25th; Covington, La 70433

Darron Goodjion
251 Louisiana 21 Ste 200,; Madisonville, LA 70447

David Gadbois
131 Brookstone; Covington, LA 70477

James Madison
457 Tiger Ave.; Covington, LA 70433

Jeff Lyons
515 Lamarque St,; Mandeville, La. 70448

Jim Pagones
110 Royal Drive; Slidell, LA 70460-5202

John West
702 Atalin St; Mandeville, LA 70448

Lou Sandoz
2712 Whitney Place #630; Metairie, LA 70002

Paul Domingue
42 Tulip Drive; Gretna, LA 70053

Ricky Windhorst
390 Garden Ave.; Mandeville LA 70471

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           OZONE, and all volunteer 501 (c)3 has 3 key initiatives: Education, Experiences, Enterprise. The requested NGO Funding would be divided amongst the 3 initiatives and invested in programs and needs that would result in immediate returns as well as contribute to continued growth in the future. Funds dedicated to EDUCATION would expand our existing OMG! (Ozone Music Gifting) program to include a free, full day workshop for high school students that would allow them to experience the multitude of opportunities in music. Morning round-robin style classes would introduce subjects such as songwriting, production, sound and stage, lighting and home studio recording. Afternoon would allow participants to attend more in-depth classes selected from the morning's introductory course. Lunch, performances and fun will be included! Adult education funding would be directed toward expenses of the various workshops (open to all ages) held during the Ozone Songwriter Festival. Music and music-related topics are presented including legal, economic and creative courses. Workshops are taught by local and nationally respected leaders in their respective fields. The educational efforts are not only to benefit individuals but to help grow a base to support the thriving musical hub that is part of our strategic plan. EXPERIENCES: OZONE Songwriter Festival provides arts and entertainment experiences for everyone involved. In 2024 there were 138 singer/songwriters from La. and 14 other states. Performers range from skilled amateurs to #1 chart topping writers, and we plan to increase that number to 150 in 2025 since we are expanding the number of locations and venues! In the past the Friday night showcase has featured performers including icons such as Jason Scheff (Chicago) Jonathan Cain (Journey) and Jim Peterik (Ides of March, Survivor) to name a few. We love connecting artists from across the spectrum at this weekend long event! The showcase is a ticketed event, but the rest of the weekend is free to the public. Money dedicated to the Festival would greatly help in expansion efforts involving talent acquisition, technical & production needs and go toward social media and website activities that promote artists, businesses, sponsors, the Foundation and the Festival and our state.
ENTERPRISE: In order for St Tammany, the region and our State to become nationally recognized as a regional center for songwriting, music education, production, performance excellence and innovation we need to get the word out! Our grass roots efforts have been productive, and we are gaining local and national attention, but we recognize that an increased PR and Marketing campaign is an important component to achieving our goals. Part of the funding would be dedicated to those efforts.
Our programs all have overlap in the initiatives, with our Songwriter Nights and the Songwriter Circles firmly rooted in all three initiatives. Nights feature local and regional artists performing original, self-written songs in an intimate setting. Audience members get up close and personal with the performers as they share their stories. Circles are monthly workshops held at several locations in the area at which artists can try out new material, co-write, share ideas and get feedback to further their craft development and gain confidence. Circles include 10–15-minute educational components taught by professionals. Funds would be used to promote these events, provide educational materials and in some cases cover artistic expenses. Nights benefits also reach the businesses at which they are held. Providing promotion and additional revenues for the venues.
OZONE's endeavors aim: provide significant artistic growth and opportunities for hobbyist and professionals; provide audiences with experiences/entertainment; and create regional economic development impact in the areas of education, business and tourism.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $35,000
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $7,200
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $7,800

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          These funds will go directly toward creating a vibrant culture that produces, supports and celebrates original music and artistry so that
within the next ten years the Ozone Music Education Foundation and its' partners will have provided the necessary leadership & stewardship in establishing St. Tammany Parish, its surrounding metropolitan area, and the Gulf Coast as a regional center for songwriting, music education, production excellence and music performance.
These actions will embrace and celebrate humanity and economy! For example: musical artists, songwriters & music-lovers will reap benefit, and the efforts will also yield significant economic development impacts that enhance, preserve and cultivate all music in addition to the unique culture and immense talent pool of our region.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
- Regional / Sub-Regional Epicenter Development and Coordination
- Continue Educational Offerings for individual satisfaction as well as
professional development and industry support
- Continue to produce Experiences (Events, Music Scene, Etc.)
- Enterprise Development (Business Opportunity and Economic Development)

CURRENT Objectives:
-Grow and promote the OZONE Songwriter Festival as a flagship event so that it becomes the "IT" place to be and attend.
-Refine and reaggregate select components of the industry into as meaningful a list as
possible and adopt each of the resulting industry components as a new “SMART” GOAL, in the interest of holding true to, and fulfilling, the VISION (i.e., establishing an industry epicenter in this region and maintain the cultural/emotional side of music)
-Regroup all GOALS, to incorporate and integrate these new GOALS, while holding true to current
initiatives, such as:
*Organizational and process improvement for the Foundation
*Festivals and songwriter events, Education, and Gifting
-Create a maturity grading system of where we are in terms of each GOAL’s fulfillment (i.e., what is our current penetration level, or depth of achievement, within each GOAL – the “M” in “SMART”)
-Develop preliminary STRATEGIES to move forward on selected GOALS, as we view their relevance
-Construct appropriate input definitions for an economic impact study (EIS) model
-Determining priorities to then develop ACTIONABLE Project Plans and Responsibilities,

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           Some are immediate, some are in the 3-5 year strategic plan

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship? 

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:
                 City of Covington
317 N Jefferson Avenue
Covington, LA 70433

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:
               Rental of two performance facilities and the Covington Trailhead in the approximate amount of $ 3,000.00

Contact Information
name:  Christine Barnhill 
                                       address:  40225 Crowes Landing Rd
                                       phone:  504-915-0647
                                       relationship to entity:  Board Treasurer