The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the non- profit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, has established the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund – a statewide relief fund to support Louisiana musicians who have lost income amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
This unprecedented crisis has led to the indefinite cancellation of gigs, event postponements, and venue closures around the world. It has left many Louisiana musicians and others who work in the music industry facing a total or near-total loss of income for the foreseeable future.
The Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund has already provided emergency grants to 2500 musicians, music workers, and culture bearers across Louisiana, thanks to the generous support of donors near and far. As the pandemic rolls on, there are many more in our music community who need our help.
The Jazz & Heritage Foundation exists to sow the seeds of our unique culture for generations to come. See our full mission here.
Over the last 10 years, more than $9 million dollars have been awarded in Community Partnership Grants. Through the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund, the Foundation will continue its support of Louisiana’s music industry professionals during these uncertain times. Establishing this fund is part of its wider plan to support the local cultural community.
Include the Jazz & Heritage Concert Series and annual Foundation Festivals: the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, the Congo Square Rhythms Festival, the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival and the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival.
Importantly, these are free programs that the Jazz and Heritage Foundation has developed over many years to ensure that we give back to Louisiana.