Ozone Music Education Foundation

A 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Nonprofit Organization

Our mission is to enhance the appreciation & education of music for the people of St. Tammany Parish. We provide both children and adults with music education and support their endeavors in songwriting and other careers within the music industry.

To support our mission, we have organized the first annual Ozone Songwriter Festival on October 20th and 21st, 2018 in Mandeville, LA.

Free to attend, family-friendly, and located in beautiful, old Mandeville, Louisiana, with 4 stages and 100+ performers, the 1st Annual Ozone Songwriter Festival is your chance to see top local, regional, and national performers playing in your back yard.


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Ozone Songwriter Festival

The Ozone Songwriter festival is a two-day, original-music festival, covering three stages in Mandeville, LA which is in the New Orleans metro area.

Festival Countdown and Location

October 20 - 21, 2018
Mandeville, LA

Click on the image for a map to the festival location in beautiful Mandeville, LA.


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Sorry...Performer Applications are Closed
Song Contest Now Open

If you are a performer of your own original music, we'd love to hear your songs for a chance to win one of three incredible prizes.

Song Contest Prizes
Grand Prize is a co-writing and recording session with a professional songwriter; 2nd prize is an Epiphone acoustic guitar signed by a famous country music star; 3rd prize is a $100 gift certificate.

Before you apply for the contest, here are some things you should know...

  • There is a $20 fee per song entered with a limit of 3 songs per person
  • Must be an original work for which you own copyright
  • You'll need to be present at the festival to collect your prize
  • You will perform the song at the festival
  • Click on the Song Contest button (below) for full details

The Ozone Music Education Foundation is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization and all proceeds go to our foundation.

Festival dates: Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st, 2018.


Click on the button above to enter your song(s) in our contest for a chance to win an incredible prize.

Meet Our Board of Directors

  • I've had a long career as a professional songwriter and I wanted to give back to the community in the New Orleans area. The Ozone Music Education Foundation is my legacy and I believe in our mission with all of my heart.
    Greg Barnhill Greg Barnhill President, Ozone Music Education Foundation
  • I've been fortunate enough to use my musical skills professionally through my media company. So many young people drift away from music because there's no support structure. The Ozone Music Education Foundation is my opportunity to help change that and provide support for music in St Tammany Parish.
    Buzz Jackson Buzz Jackson Secretary, Ozone Music Education Foundation
  • I am passionate about songwriting and hold an unwavering belief that local Songwriters should have a platform upon which to present their art—music. I am convinced that this foundation will enhance music appreciation and provide integral annual entertainment for adults and students in the New Orleans North Shore community.
    Mary Grace Knapp Mary Grace Knapp Legal Counsel, Ozone Music Education Foundation
  • I believe in this organization because it fills a void. My daughter is a 16-year-old budding singer/songwriter who has been in the St. Tammany Parish Talented Music program since 2nd grade. Though it has been invaluable in shaping her music talent, the focus has been on performance. There are no programs for young people who aspire to be songwriters, producers, music engineers and promoters. The Foundation, through funds raised from the festival, aims to change that.
    Susan Russel Susan Russel Fundraising and Sponsorships, Ozone Music Education Foundation
  • Growing up, my parents struggled to purchase my first drum so that I could pursue my fascination with music. This represented a true burden for my family and I know there are other children today whose family’s would like to give the lifelong gift of music to their children but simply cannot. I want to help those children.
    Michael Blache Michael Blache Vice President, Ozone Music Education Foundation
  • When I was younger, music was my life. Though I wanted a career in the industry, I was pressured into a different direction so I just shut down that part of myself. Almost thirty years later, I picked up my guitar and started writing songs and I've come to realize that I'm happier, better balanced, and more productive when music is in my life. Whether they pursue it professionally or recreationally, I want people to have the support and opportunity to keep the music going!
    John West John West Technology Director, Ozone Music Education Foundation

We'd Like to Thank Our Sponsors

Three Ways to Get Involved

Like most nonprofit organizations, we rely on the generous support of people like you. Because we are a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity organization, your donation might be tax deductible.

There are three different ways you can support our cause...

Contact Us

Use the form below to contact us and we will get back to you in one business day. If you'd prefer to phone, call us at 985.276.7700.

Ozone Music Education Foundation, Inc • 1217 Florida St • Mandeville, LA 70448
A 501(c)(3) Public Charity • EIN: 82-3537465
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