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Music Rising Raises $2 Million in Relief Funds to Louisiana Musicians

15:00 February 01, 2022
By: Jariah Johnson

The charitable organization Music Rising, co-founded by U2's The Edge and producer Bob Ezrin in 2005 after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, is continuing its mission in saving the musical culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South by announcing an open call for applications to the Music Rising Relief Fund.

The Music Rising Relief Fund is a statewide relief fund to assist Louisiana musicians and music industry workers who have lost income during the COVID-19 pandemic. Louisiana's music community is still trying to recover from the financial losses from 2020 and 2021. In December 2021, Music Rising and Van Eaton Galleries had the "Guitar Icons: A Musical Instrument Auction to Benefit Music Rising," which raised 2 million dollars for musicians and gig workers in New Orleans and the neighboring regions. For more details about the auction, click here.

Music Rising has collaborated with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, making them Music Rising's administrative partner during this initiative to allocate funds across Louisiana. Everyone eligible may apply. The grant is open to musicians and music industry workers who currently live and work in Louisiana. Depending on events as a substantial part of their income, they have lost significant revenue due to the ongoing pandemic, not found supplementary employment, and continue to suffer economic hardships.

Music Rising Co-Founder Bob Ezrin said in a press release, "Louisiana musicians are the custodians of unique music heritage, passing it down through the generations and influencing so many genres of music we enjoy. We are delighted that the proceeds raised from the Guitar Icons auction held in Los Angeles on December 11, 2021, will aid those who have suffered financially through this pandemic."

U2's The Edge, co-founder of Music Rising, said in a press release, "The music of New Orleans has influenced various styles of music borrowed from early traditions. It is the birthplace of jazz and represents a musical culture which bears great significance to most every genre today. If this multigenerational chain is broken, we lose more than just a few concerts. We lose an entire culture that stretches back centuries."

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Executive Director Don Marshall, added, "For generations, our music community has contributed to the soul of Louisiana; they enrich our lives immeasurably. We are grateful for our partnership with Music Rising. Their support is a lifeline to musicians and music industry professionals."

Qualifications to apply are as follows:

  • Current Louisiana residents
  • 18 years or older
  • Confronting financial hardships due to the cancellation of events
  • Musicians and/or music industry gig professionals

To be considered, applicants must submit the online application by Monday, February 28, 2022. Applicants will be notified directly by the Foundation once grant determinations have been decided on or before March 31, 2022.

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Applicants without access to a computer or internet should call the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Relief Fund Hotline at 504-558-6108 for application assistance.

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