Zydeco Historical and Preservation Society, Inc

Uniting the Zydeco Nation

OPELOUSAS, LA   |  www.ZHPS.org

Mission

The Zydeco Historical and Preservation Society, Inc. is a grassroots, not for profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the preservation, understanding, and development of Zydeco music, history, and culture as well as rural black Creole culture of Southwest Louisiana and Texas. The Z.H.P.S. Inc. was established in 2000 in Opelousas, Louisiana (Zydeco Capital of the World) by citizens concerned about the loss of irreplaceable segments of Zydeco Music and Creole heritage that included structures, oral traditions, collective community memories and fabric, and the facilitation and healthy development of present day Creole culture of Southwest Louisiana and Texas. You can learn at www.ZHPS.org

Ruling year info

2010

Founder

Rod Sias

Co Principal Officer

Lola Love

Main address

PO BOX 2361

OPELOUSAS, LA 70571 USA

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EIN

22-3876939

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The founding of the Zydeco Historical and Preservation Society, Inc. was inspired by The Treasures of Opelousas, a grassroots organization made up of local citizens from Opelousas, Louisiana who were concerned that Zydeco Music and Culture was slowly dying out. In an effort to preserve this unique form of history and cultural expression, The Treasures of Opelousas organized The Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival (the first and oldest Zydeco Festival in the World) in 1981. In fact, many members of the Zydeco Historical and Preservation Society, Inc. are the children of the original Treasures of Opelousas and still have strong ties to Zydeco Music and Creole culture. Since the start to the first Zydeco Festival in 1982, Zydeco Music and Culture has grown into one of the most popular form of musical and cultural expression in the world.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

ZydecoEvents.com

source for events specific to Zydeco music and Creole culture.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Artist advocacy
Zydeco music and Creole culture awareness.
Zydeco music promotion and awareness.

One strategy that we have started is: purchasing the ZydecoEvents.com website. ZydecoEvents.com is where artists can feature their upcoming music or live performance events. Other non-profit organizations can feature their zydeco related events. ZydecoEvents.com has become a focused website for Zydeco music, artist advocacy and calendar of events for California, Texas, Louisiana and other states.

We have been able to sustain our organization with very little overhead, and continue to use our existing volunteers as resources.

We have accomplished recognization by the Recording Academy in being an organization that is able to determine what Zydeco music is, and have been asked to attend annual meetings in order to provide guidance regarding authenticity of music entries (specifically Zydeco genre).

We have also created a radio program, the "Zydeco Workout" which we broadcast from Stanford University, and feature zydeco music and tid bits of Creole culture information. This program is later added as a podcast on our website for our listeners to listen during the work week. We have a good pool of listeners.

The next step is for us to re-develop our website to be a little more up to date, and user friendly. This would be the next big step, but very costly; but beneficial for the future of our organization.

Financials

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Zydeco Historical and Preservation Society, Inc

Board of directors
as of 5/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Rod Sias


Board co-chair

Lola Love

ZHPS

Term: 2004 -

Moriba Karamoko

ZHPS

Cedric Johnson

ZHPS

Alaric Robinson

ZHPS

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

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Disability

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