The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. has released the application for the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief fund, a grant created in an effort to help musicians who have lost income over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout last year, live event after live event was cancelled, harmfully impacting the live musicians and performers in New Orleans. This fund is part of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's plan to support the wider culture of the city.
The latest fund from the Foundation is meant specifically to provide aid to Black masking culture-bearers like members of the Mardi Gras Indians, the Babydolls, and the Northside Skull & Bones Gang, who have all lost income as live events were shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the hope that The Jazz & Heritage Music Relief fund will provide aid to members of these groups who were unable to find supplemental employment during this time and have continued to experience economic hardships.
Groups that applied for this fund back in 2020 are eligible to apply for this new round of funding, but those that have already received grant funds as a musician cannot apply.
The deadline to apply for this fund is Tuesday, August 3 at 11 p.m.
For more information about the grant and how to apply, visit the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation's website.