Our Mission

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) annually produces three festivals: French Quarter Festival, Satchmo SummerFest, and Christmas New Orleans Style. FQFI is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the Vieux Carré and the City of New Orleans through high quality special events and activities that showcase the culture and heritage of this unique city, contribute to the economic well-being of the community, and instill increased pride in the people of New Orleans.

About French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. – The Facts!

  • In 2018 French Quarter Festivals, Inc. celebrates its 35th anniversary.
  • French Quarter Festival was first produced in 1984 as a way to bring residents back to the Quarter; following the World’s Fair and extensive sidewalk repairs in the French Quarter.
  • More than 2,000 community volunteers help to make the festival a success.
  • French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501c(3) organization.
  • French Quarter Festival is the largest, free music festival in the South.
  • Chief sources of funding are: sponsorships, beverage and merchandise sales, vendor fees, and annual Gala.
  • 23 stages throughout the French Quarter celebrate local music and represent every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R&B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, Latin, Zydeco, classical, cabaret, and international.
  • New Orleans great restaurants, create the food and beverage offerings know as “The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch” in Jackson Square, the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint and Woldenberg Riverfront Park during festival weekend; Satchmo SummerFest hosts New Orleans restaurants, known as “Red Bean Alley”, with Louis Armstrong-inspired dishes and great local cuisine. Louisiana restaurants are invited to participate in these festivals.
  • French Quarter Festival has been consistently voted “favorite festival”, “favorite food festival”, and “favorite event open to the public” by locals.

Attendance Overview

  • French Quarter Festival 2017 attendance – over 700,000 people
  • French Quarter Festival 2016 attendance – over 760,000 people
  • Satchmo SummerFest 2016 attendance – over 24,000 people
  • French Quarter Festival attendees are 49% locals and 51% visitors
  • Satchmo SummerFest attendees are 53% locals and 47% visitors
  • Visitors attend from all over the United States. Top 5 states – Louisiana, California, New York, Texas, Florida
  • The events attract an international audience, visitors have come from Canada, United Kingdom, Norway, France, Germany, and many other countries

Economic Impact

According to an analysis of the French Quarter Festival Visitors Survey conducted by The University of New Orleans (UNO) Hospitality Research Center, in 2016 French Quarter Festival generated a total economic impact of $188.6 million; the festival also generated a total of $15.7 million in tax revenue for state and local governments.

  • FQF employs more than 1,700 local musicians during Festival weekend
  • FQF hosts over 60 local restaurants which make up the “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch” at the Festival.
  • FQF employs only local companies during the Festival (sanitation, stages, sound, security, etc.). All money spent to produce the festival stays within the local economy.

Future Festival Dates

FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL presented by Chevron

2018: April 12 – 15

2019: April 11 – 14

2020: April 16 – 19

SATCHMO SUMMERFEST presented by Chevron

2017: August 4 – 6

2018: August 3 – 5

2019: August 2 – 4

2020: July 31 – August 2

Meet the Staff

Meet Our Staff

Emily Madero, President & CEO

Emily Madero has devoted over a decade of her career to building a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in New Orleans with The Idea Village. She joined The Idea Village in 2006 to launch IDEAcorps™, an experiential learning program connecting top MBA talent to entrepreneurs. While there, she served as a critical part of economic recovery in the immediate aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Formerly serving as COO and most recently acting CEO, Emily was a key player in starting and building New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, a festival celebrating entrepreneurship and innovation in the city. Through her extensive experience, Madero has developed and taught entrepreneurship-curriculum at Tulane and Loyola University, and to corporate clients including GE. A longtime New Orleans resident, Emily earned her Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Psychology from Tulane University.

Stephanie Loman, Development Officer

Stephanie Loman is a native Louisianian who earned her B.A. in Cultural Resources Management from Southeastern Louisiana University and her M.A. in Arts Administration from University of New Orleans. She has worked for several local cultural institutions, including Louisiana Nature and Science Center, WYES, Contemporary Arts Center, The National World War II Museum, and 3 Ring Circus Arts and Education Center, with a range of experiences in event production, membership, development, research, archives, and historic preservation. Stephanie was hired to work as the French Market Traditional Jazz Stage Manager at the 2009 French Quarter Festival and joined FQFI as full-time team member in 2011 as Operations Manager. In 2015, she transitioned into the role of FQFI’s Development Officer before being appointed Acting Director.

AJ Gaulton, Operations and Production Manager

AJ has years of event experience that dates back to college where he was a leader on the official sports game day management team. After receiving his B.A. in Marketing from Pacific University in Portland, OR, he moved to New Orleans to pursue the live event production field. In addition to being employed by the New Orleans Pelicans, he held vital roles during the NBA All-Star Weekend and Essence Festival before landing at French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

Greg Schatz, Entertainment Manager

New York native Greg Schatz majored in music at Ithaca College for one year and later received a B.A. from Cornell University, where he studied anthropology and ethnomusicology. He moved to New Orleans in 1995 to pursue a career in music. As a composer, bass player, accordionist, and keyboard player, he works with several ensembles around New Orleans and has performed at clubs and festivals in Europe and around the U.S., including French Quarter Festival. In fall 2008, he joined the staff of French Quarter Festivals, Inc. as Entertainment Manager.

Becca Schick, Merchandise and Musician Sponsorship Manager

Becca Schick is a native New Orleanian who earned her B.A. in Sports Management with a Business Minor from The University of West Alabama and her M.B.A. from Saint Leo University. She has extensive event production and sponsorship experience and held positions with New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Fair Grounds, New Orleans Zephyrs, and Live Nation before joining the team at French Quarter Festivals, Inc. In her spare time you can find her on the softball field reliving her collegiate memories.

Rebecca Sell, Marketing and Publicity Manager

Rebecca Sell brings over a decade of journalism, tourism, marketing, non-profit, and management experience to FQFI; she is also a licensed tour guide who conducts walking tours of the French Quarter. Rebecca has been published in several regional publications including New Orleans Magazine, Biz New Orleans, and Southern Woman. She resides in the historic Bywater and can be found parading with the Muffalottas and serving on their board in her free time.

Dave Stover, Business Manager

Dave Stover embodies the perfect mix of talents for French Quarter Festivals, Inc. – he is a professional musician and a professional accountant. Stover attended Florida State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1995. Shortly after graduation he moved to New Orleans to pursue a career in music. As a bass player, Stover has enjoyed sharing the stage with many of the city’s incredible musicians performing a myriad of musical genres. After Hurricane Katrina, Stover moved to Nashville to further his education by studying accounting at Middle Tennessee State University. After two years away he returned home to New Orleans and joined the French Quarter Festival staff in the fall of 2009.

Heather Twichell, Food and Beverage Manager

Heather Twichell has been involved with French Quarter Festivals, Inc. since 2000 when she served as an intern. Since then she has worn many hats for the organization ranging from volunteer to Operations Manager and Development Manager. She has also held positions at the House of Blues, Gucci, Aveda, and the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel but always felt the pull of her events background calling. In 2017, Heather returned to her French Quarter Festival family with great excitement and now serves as Food and Beverage Manager.

Contact Us

French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
400 North Peters Street, Suite 205
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 522-5730
Toll Free: (800) 673-5725
Fax: (504) 522-5711

Emily Madero
President & CEO

AJ Gaulton
Operations and Production Manager
(504) 227-3120

Stephanie Loman
Development Officer
(504) 227-3123

Greg Schatz
Entertainment Manager
(504) 227-3120

Rebecca Schick
Musician Sponsorship and Merchandise Manager
(504) 227-3126

Rebecca Sell
Marketing and Publicity Manager
(504) 227-3119

David Stover
Business Manager
(504) 227-3124

Heather Twichell
Food and Beverage Manager
(504) 227-3127

2018 Board Members

2018 Officers
Chairman – Jeremy Thibodeaux
Vice Chairman – Robert Rizzuto
Treasurer and Secretary – Barrett Cooper

2018 Board of Directors
Leslie T. Alley
Zeid Ammari
Stu Barash
Charlie Bateman
David Bilbe 
Michael Biri
Howard Boyd                            
Richard Eglé
Janice Foulks
Chimene Grant
Dino Hanson
Shelley Hardison
Tim Laughlin
Brent McCrossen
Brittany McGovern
Deborah J. Moench
Trey Reinhardt 
Dennis Pearse
Jon Smith
Kristian Sonnier
David Teich
Adrienne Thomas
Tim Williamson

2018 Executive Committee
Errin Bellan
Darryl Berger
Cindy Brennan
Ralph Brennan
Clyde Butler
Greg Hoffman
Ronnie Kole
Alex I. Lewis, III
Ann Masson
Warren S. Newton
Lea Siegel
Jon Stern
Gordon Stevens
Richard Stewart
Brenda Thornton
Michael Valentino
Ann Wills