The New Orleans Brass Band Musicians Relief Fund fills the financial gap left by cancelled gigs to support New Orleans’ brass band musicians, their families, and the tradition they carry during the COVID-19 crisis.
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New Orleans brass bands bring us together. They organize us into exuberance, bring us through our grief for loved ones passed, lead us down the street with high and fast stepping. While our venues are closed and our streets are silent, it’s our turn to organize for them. “New Orleans Brass Band Musicians Relief Fund” organizes funds to support the people who give life to this essential tradition. The funds go directly into the hands of New Orleans brass band musicians, so they can cover their basic expenses during this time.
NOBB Musicians Relief Fund is set up to accommodate the way gigging musicians often get paid - in cash, “under the table”, or as splits from a tip bucket. The nature of these payments means most musicians are unable to apply for unemployment or other relief funds. Most cannot provide bank statements that prove the income they used to have and the income they’re losing each day the COVID-19 crisis extends. For this reason, NOBBMRF is flexible and low-barrier, and it supports musicians the same way unemployment supports the “formal workforce”: cash grants. We believe this is the most efficient and effective way to support the New Orleans Brass Band community.
The busy March-May Spring season in New Orleans is key to enabling musicians to make ends meet year-round, using the buffer of the spring season to get through the slow summer months. While some of the gigs might eventually be rescheduled, many gig workers who rely on the Spring festivals and weddings to get them through those slow months are seeing a dip in their funds where there should be a peak. NOBBMRF aims to offer assistance to help musicians cover their monthly expenses, starting with the month of April.
For every Sunday you’ve spent dancing down the street behind the band, for every wedding, funeral and celebration that’s been lifted up with brass music, for every time you’ve yelled “hey!” after the trumpet’s call, give back by stepping up with us to support the musicians who make those moments happen.
-You are a gigging brass band musician living in New Orleans
-Your have seen a loss in income because of cancelled gigs during the COVID-19 Crisis
-You are from New Orleans
Join us for the 2nd annual New Orleans BRASS FEST
Saturday March 7 in Armstrong Park, 701 Rampart St from 12-9pm
visit NOLABrassFest.com for more details and how to get involved
Beloved New Orleans trombonist Lucien Barbarin died of cancer on Thursday, January 30, at the age of 63. Barbarin was a part of the famous Barbarin New Orleans musical family.
Lucien was born July 17, 1956. His great uncle was Paul Barbarin, the leader of the Onward Brass Band. Lucien made his professional debut with Onward as a drummer at age six. He went on to fulfill an illustrious New Orleans jazz career. His resume included the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and being a featured performer with Harry Connick, Jr. He also performed very regularly at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe, and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Kermit Ruffins, Dr. Michael White, Leroy Jones, Mark Braud, and Tim Laughlin, among others.
The New Orleans community gathered for a secondline yesterday, February 15 to send off Lucien.
Pictures by MJ Mastro.