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February 5, 2006

Jazz Music in New Orleans Receives Support

Written by
cindy mcleod

$2.8 Million Grants for Musicians Affected by Hurricane Katrina

Jazz at Lincoln Center announced last week that its Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Fund, administered through the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, has awarded 214 grants totaling $2.8 million for musicians and music industry-related enterprises from the Greater New Orleans area that were affected by Hurricane Katrina.

21 grants of up to $100,000 were awarded to nonprofit organizations including among the many, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and Tipitina’s Foundation, while grants of up to $15,000 to 193 individuals were also awarded, with priority given to professional jazz musicians who were displaced by the hurricane.

The Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Fund was established following Hurricane Katrina. Funds were raised from ticket sales for a benefit concert produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center that included a live national telethon on PBS/Live From Lincoln Center on September 17. The event included performances by an array of musicians and entertainers and, combined with an online eBay auction, other independent fundraising efforts by individuals and organizations all over the world, raised nearly $3 million for the fund. In addition, proceeds from the Blue Note Records’ Higher Ground Concert CD are being directed to the fund.

The Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Fund has received donations from thousands of individuals and organizations from around the world, including festivals throughout Canada and Canadian Universities.

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