The Jazz Foundation of America's Musicians Emergency Fund stepped up big time to help New Orleans musicians after Hurricane Katrina and its catastrophic flooding aftermath. And it is preparing to reach out to Texas jazz, blues and roots musicians affected by Hurricane Harvey.
The Jazz Foundation will help them rebuild, repairing homes, replacing belongings and treasured instruments and
even replacing work.
Here's a link where you can join me and others in the music community in supporting this great effort.
Some background if you're unfamiliar. The Jazz
Foundation brought over 1,000 musicians and their families back after
Katrina by rehousing them, donating top-shelf instruments and creating
paying gigs for hundreds.
It also was there for hundreds affected by
Superstorm Sandy. It also helped rebuild the homes of the musicians who lost
everything in last year's devastating floods in Baton Rouge.
For 26 years, the Jazz Foundation has been keeping jazz and blues
alive by helping the musicians who have played with everyone from Duke
Ellington and Billie Holiday to Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. It assists in more than 5,000 cases a year nationwide.