Sponsors & Partners

The 2015 ESSENCE Festival® is excited to have these partners join us for our weekend of music, culture and entertainment.



Coca-Cola invites you to taste the NOLA experience at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival®! Visit www.cokeessencefest.com for updates and join us in July at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for memorable moments of celebration and refreshing Coca-Cola!


State Farm

Ford Motor Company is proud to help ESSENCE celebrate many years of uplifting the community through empowerment and entertainment. As the exclusive automotive sponsor of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival®, we look forward to demonstrating how we Go Further in vehicle technology, design and fuel efficiency. For more information, visit ford.com.


Visit the McDonald’s booth for free concerts and free McCafè® samples.* McDonald’s is proud to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievement of extraordinary African Americans at the 365Black Awards, July 3rd in the New Orleans theater at Ernest Morial Convention Center during the ESSENCE Festival®. Visit 365Black.com for more details! Follow us on Twitter @365Black!

*While supplies last

State Farm

We are all together beautiful! When we show up, we show out! We invite you to connect in a spirit of unity with P&G’s My Black is Beautiful and brands like Cover Girl, Pantene and Olay for a weekend of empowerment, complete with beauty makeovers and more.

Come celebrate with us!

State Farm/MBIB

State Farm

The Samsung Galaxy Experience is coming to 2015 ESSENCE Festival®! The Samsung Galaxy Experience at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will feature Samsung’s newest mobile products, a virtual reality experience with the Samsung Gear VR, giveaways including a chance to win tickets to the Superdome main stage concerts, and more.


State Farm

The moves make the woman! Like the perfect Electric Slide, success starts with the right moves. State Farm® can help you reach your goals by making you feel comfortable with the moves you make. Visit our booth to Groove your way to fabulous prizes.



Join Verizon as we connect you with the latest technology, celebrity surprises and an unforgettable ESSENCE Festival® experience. Because when every moment matters like it does during ESSENCE Festival® weekend, you should be connected to the largest, most reliable 4G LTE network.


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official media partner




CODE2040 is a nonprofit organization that creates programs that increase the representation of Blacks and Latino/as in the innovation economy. We believe the tech sector, communities of color, and the country as a whole will be stronger if talent from all backgrounds is included in the creation of the companies, programs, and products of tomorrow.


From Working Out to Stepping Out, your Colgate Smile ™ is the beginning of a better you. Experience Colgate® Optic White® and Colgate Total® brands this weekend for the best tips on oral and overall health.



The Recording Academy will host a panel discussion highlighting the importance of involvement in the GRAMMY Awards process, and the benefits of becoming a member.



Louisiana Lottery is bringing the love to the 2015 ESSENCE Festival® with lottery tickets and prizes. Just visit our booth for your chance to win!


MUSIC CHOICE® features the ESSENCE Festival® on its R&B Soul and Throwback Jamz Channels available On Demand, Online, and on the MUSIC CHOICE® App.


Like Money? See the United States Mint at the ESSENCE Festival® selling collectible coins and showcasing artistic designs that capture the spirit of our nation.


Commercial entities involved with this event do not imply endorsement by, approval by, or association with the United States Mint or the Department of the Treasury.


We Are Empowered! Stop by the Greater Than AIDS booth for FREE HIV testing, daily concert ticket raffles, special guest appearances, games and more!



Known for energy innovation, excellent customer service and reliability, Southern Company is the Southeast’s premier energy company with utilities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi

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Festival Twitter

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  2. @essencefest: Prince cancels European tour in light of Paris attacks: https://t.co/jsxdS2aMPQ https://t.co/Mw1MY3yHn5
  3. @essencefest: RT @PoundCake83: @essencefest Im super geeked about 2016 Essence Festival like its next month!!!
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  8. @essencefest: .@Nicoandvinz? talk new music and ESSENCE Festival's road to South Africa: https://t.co/G6J0kbfJch