Louisiana Sets the Stage for Live Performance

Louisiana provides the perfect space for any production with readily available theaters and live performance venues, 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.

Higher Education Opportunities Provide Industry Talent

Louisiana offers industry expertise and opportunities with the state’s top education institutions to the owners, developers and producers of live performance infrastructure and production projects. In addition, Louisiana offers a unique one of a kind infrastructure incentive designed specifically for theaters situated on a campus of a higher educational institution and for the benefit of education. Additional payroll incentives are also available when employing students as part of state-certified musical or theatrical productions.

Production-Ready Venues are Available

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

First-of-its-Kind Incentive Reduces Costs

The Live Performance Production Program offers a unique tax credit for production expenditures, with tax credit value increasing with the total production expenditures:

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