Preservation Hall Foundation Announce New Emergency Relief Fund for Musicians Affected by Recent Flooding in Southeast Louisiana
Preservation Hall All-Stars to Perform September 18th at Baton Rouge’s Varsity Theater with GIVERS, Big Freedia and Others
Today, the Preservation Hall Foundation 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 Director of Preservation Hall, 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.”
100% 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 funds 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.
Also announced today, 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 rebuilding efforts in Baton Rouge. 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, please visit:http://www.preshallfoundation.org/selamusiciansrelieffund
About the Preservation Hall Foundation:
The Preservation Hall Foundation was launched in 2011 to protect, preserve and perpetuate the musical traditions and heritage of New Orleans. Through music education, outreach events, archiving, multimedia projects, collaborations, and more, the Preservation Hall Foundation creates greater awareness and appreciation for New Orleans music and the communities that support it.