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Two Organizations Helping the Musicians in New Orleans
Published September 6, 2005

The New Orleans Musicians Clinic and Jazz Foundation of America are helping musicians in the affected area.

This message was sent by from Wendy Oxenhorn, Executive Director at the Jazz Foundation of America:

We are directing folks to the New Orleans Musicians Clinic (NOMC) which has
the names and addresses of so many musicians in New Orleans, and are working
now to find them and find temporary housing for them in schools etc.

But let us remember...

... it will be the Jazz Foundation who will be called upon to provide money
to the musicians for first month rents and security deposits on new
apartments and relocations. As well, we're going to try to get instruments

Please let your contacts know if you think they can help, ask them to email

Two great organizations to donate to:

New Orleans Musicians Clinic (NOMC)

This is a fantastic hands on organization who has the names and addresses of
so many great musicians because they have them all coming to their FREE
health clinic all these years and now, they are the ones who are tracking
down the local musicians and finding them shelter.

They can be contacted  at

They are the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and know the whereabouts of the
local musicians down there.

Contact: Kathy Richard directly at 337 989-0001

Send donations to:
NOMC Emergency Fund
funds will be distributed by:
SW LA Area Health Education Center Foundation, Inc.
103 Independence Blvd.
Lafayette, LA  70506
desk:  337-989-0001
fax:     337-989-1401

The New Orleans Musicians Clinic is determined to keep Louisiana Music
Alive! It is our beacon to soothe our souls. We want to relocate our  New
Orleans musicians into the Lafayette/ Acadiana community where they can
remain a life force! But most of them have lost everything... we must help
them rebuild their lives.

They can't access any of their NOMC accounts. They desperately need money to
fund these efforts.

Jazz Foundation of America:

We will be addressing the longer term needs of these jazz and blues artists
who will have just lost everything.

We will be raising funds and distributing money for the musicians to get a
new apartment or room for rent: by giving a first month's rent, possibly
more, for them to start over, a place to live. (This is what we normally do
on a daily basis for musicians across the country who become sick and can't
pay their rent, we also keep food on the table and get employment to
hundreds of elderly musicians through our Jazz in the Schools program. Our
operations normally assist 35 musicians a week.)

As well, we will be attempting to help New Orleans musicians by replacing
the  thing that matters most and the only way they can ever work again:
their instruments. To those who lost their instruments, like drummers and
bassists who could not carry their heavy equipment, and guitarist with their
amps, we will be making an effort to work with manufacturers and music
stores to replace those instruments for as many as we possibly can.

Remember, New Orleans was only "New Orleans" because of the musicians...

Send donations to:

Jazz Foundation of America
322 West 48th Street 6th floor
NYC 10036

Director: Wendy Oxenhorn
Phone: 212-245-3999 Ext. 21

email contact:


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