Preservation Hall Foundation Launches New Emergency Relief Fund For Musicians Affected by Louisiana Flooding
August 30, 2016 at 11:55 AM (PT)
The PRESERVATION HALL FOUNDATION has launched a new emergency relief fund to aid in the replacement of instruments, equipment and other “tools of the trade” for musicians affected by the recent floods in SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA.
Creative Dir. BEN JAFFE remarked, "I can speak for the musicians of PRESERVATION HALL that it was inconceivable to continue sharing our music after HURRICANE KATRINA without the immediate support we received from our network around the world. We want to be there for our musical brothers and sisters in BATON ROUGE and LAFAYETTE in their time of need.”
One hundred percent of emergency relief funds received will be disbursed directly to professional musicians through a rolling need-based application process. The FUND’s initial assistance will provide relief for income-generating gear, studio space, and instruments lost in the flood. Any remaining funds after the six-month disbursement period (in FEBRUARY 2017) will be disbursed to local music education programs in the BATON ROUGE area.
In partnership with LOUISIANA musicians GIVERS, BIG FREEDIA, PELL and BOYFRIEND, the PRESERVATION HALL ALL STARS will perform a musical celebration, curated by AARON SCRUGGS, supporting musicians affected by the floods on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th at the VARSITY THEATER in BATON ROUGE. The benefit coincides directly with a day of service, cleaning-up and helping with local rebuilding efforts. Those who volunteer with the PRESERVATION HALL FOUNDATION on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th will receive a free ticket to the musical celebration.
To donate, apply for the fund, or to register to volunteer on SEPTEMBER 18th, go to www.preshallfoundation.org/selamusiciansrelieffund.