The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has announced that they are extending the application window for the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund by 48 hours, with the application period now set to close at 8:00 a.m. CST on Thursday, April 16. The fund represents a unique statewide opportunity to help local musicians who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and will serve to supplement some of the lost income caused by cancelled gigs and events across the country. In order to be eligible for the fund, applicants must be professional musicians living in Louisiana who have worked in the music industry for at least one year and have a significant portion of their income that is reliant on live performances.
"Performances and concerts are being cancelled, and musicians are losing opportunities to support themselves and their families," said the executive director of the foundation Don Marshall. "For generations, the musicians of our communities have provided the soul of Louisiana. The goal is to help our musicians impacted by quarantine, disruptions of income, and other challenges, while ensuring an equitable distribution of funds."
Perhaps best known for Jazz Fest, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is a non-profit that has continuously strived to support and advocate for the unique musical traditions and culture of New Orleans since 1970.
"The New Orleans Jazz & Relief Fund invests proceeds from Jazz Fest and additional funds that we raise for year-round programming in education, economic development, and cultural enrichment," said Board President Jeffrey Goldring. "The Jazz & Heritage Relief Fund is a natural extension of the work we have been doing for the community since 1979."
In addition to the Relief Fund, the foundation has expressed that they will continue to search for new ways to support struggling musicians in the community as the pandemic carries on. To apply for the fund, please click here.