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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Reopens Music Relief Fund Application for Musicians

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the non-profit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, announced today that it has reopened applications for the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund – a statewide relief fund to support Louisiana’s music community who have lost income amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The collapse of the live music industry has affected not only musicians, but thousands of music industry workers and culture bearers who work alongside them. The pandemic has triggered a “domino effect” in the music sector with cancelled music events disrupting income for so many.

The Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund was first created in March 2020 by the Foundation to support Louisiana musicians whose livelihoods had been adversely impacted by COVID-19.  During the past year, relief fund grants have been awarded to 2,500 musicians, music industry workers and Black Masking Indians with distributions totaling just more than $1,000,000.

An additional $800,000 has since been raised with thanks to community partners and advocates: SpotifyGreater New Orleans Foundation, Inc.; Miller/ Crescent CrownNew Orleans Business AllianceBentson FoundationGive Back 2020 Tulane FundMichael Murphy ProductionsGoldring Foundation; R.C. Baker Foundation and more than 1,500 donors from across the world.

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