|Heavy rains and flooding along with hurricanes and frequent disasters in New Orleans and surrounding areas regularly effect the lives of our local musicians. These tragic circumstances may destroy instruments, recording equipment, and other vital necessities local professional musicians need to make a living, and the cost of replacing these items can be devastating for many.
Because New Orleans is prone to several ominous weather systems throughout the year, local musician Paul Mauffray established The Louisiana Musician’s Disaster Relief Fund beginning in October 2017 with a goal to raise at least $20,000 in the year. This fund will be a permanent Donor Advised Fund at the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation with the specific purpose to assist Louisiana musicians affected by disasters.
How to Donate
To assist a musician who has lost an instrument or suffered other losses due to flooding or other disasters, individuals may make a tax-deductible donation in any amount to the Musician’s Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund at the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation.
How to Apply for Relief Funding
Musicians affected by catastrophic flooding or other disasters may request and submit an application for assistance through the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundations’ Managing Director, Erica Dudas (email@example.com | 504-415-3514).
Direct payments to individuals are precluded as per the Donor Advised Fund guidelines. All requests for payments must include an invoice and a completed W9 (where applicable).
The following items/services are examples of expenses within the Disaster Fund’s scope of support:
Completed applications will be reviewed by the Flood Relief Donor Advised Fund committee. If partial or full support is approved, NOMAF will process payments within 7 business days of approval. A 10% fee will be collected by NOMAF from each donation to offset the cost of administrating the fund.