Kemic Smothers-founder of New Orleans Media Arts Institute
Kemic Smothers has practiced Entertainment Law since 2003. Born and raised in New Orleans, working in the entertainment industry is merely a natural state of being. He earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice at Southern University at New Orleans and his Juris Doctorate at Southern University law Center. He has done legal work with countless independent record labels and artists in film, television and music, and negotiated contracts with such industry heavyweights as BET, MTV Networks, TVT Records, Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment, and the Oxygen Network. Other entertainment industry endeavors include music festival productions and artist/venue management. He is also the Chief Operating Officer of OAKSway Entertainment, LLC.
Kemic Smothers is the founder and Executive Director of the New Orleans Media Arts Institute, a partnership with the Southern University at New Orleans College of Business’ Small Business Development and Management Institute. Launched in 2015, NOMAI is an entertainment industry small business incubator designed to improve the business acumen of New Orleans area small businesses and provide a platform for artists to exploit their talents.
NOMAI connects successful, experienced industry professionals with talented startups to provide instruction and mentorship in three broad areas: Creative Conceptualizing focuses on developing creative content into commercially viable products. Technical Training focuses on utilizing tools of the trade to learn industry standards as well as innovative production techniques in both film and music. Finally, Business/Entrepreneurship focuses on navigating the various professional/contractual aspects of the entertainment business.