MEET THE NOMC&AF SAFE SOUNDS COORDINATORS
Stacey Morigeau (Programs, Musician Resource Director)
504-415-3514 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Since she first began working at NOMAF in 2010, NOMC&AF Safe Sounds Program Director, Stacey Morigeau, has been dedicated to sustaining New Orleans’ cultural traditions and music. She brings more than 20 years experience in production to our Practice Safe Sounds Initiative and to producing NOMAF’s benefits: Shakedown Jam and Down on the Bayou with JoJo Hermann from Widespread Panic.
After growing up as a Native American in Montana and California, Stacey graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama, studying stage management. Her passion for our music led her to move here in 2004. By 2008 she had landed a job as an assistant stage manager on the10th Anniversary production of Vagina Monologues at the New Orleans Arena. Working with local bands Bonerama, Papa Grows Funk, Leroy Jones, New Orleans Helsinki Connection has led to her working behind the scenes at Voo Doo Fest, the appearances of the Dalai Lama, Jammin’ in the Canyon with Jane’s Addiction, as well as stage managing Nine Lives.
Paul Sanchez: Practice Safe Sounds Co-Coordinator
While his legions of fans may know Paul Sanchez as a founding member of the rock band Cowboy Mouth, for his role in the HBO series TREME, or as the creative force behind the musical, NINE LIVES, few may know that he suffers from two noise-induced hearing disorders… a hole in his eardrum and constant ringing in his ears. In 2014 Paul joined the NOMAF team as the Co-Coordinator of our Practice Safe Sounds Initiative in order to give back to our music community that nurtured him after the floods of 2005. As Paul says, “living with tinnitus for twenty-five years means that the constant ringing in my ears drowns out all conversation.” Hence Paul is determined to raise awareness in musicians of all ages about the affects of loud music on their hearing and their future.
Native New Orleanian and Redemptorist grad, Paul Sanchez, was born in the blue-collar Irish Channel across the street from the Mississippi River. It was thanks to Trinity Episcopal School’s program to help the under privileged kids from his neighborhood that his career was launched playing The Artful Dodger in a summer day camp performance of OLIVER. By the time he was twelve, his brother, Andrew, was teaching Paul to play guitar. His first experience with organized music was watching his older siblings march with drum and bugle corps. Soon Paul was playing xylophone with such gusto that his ears began to ring.
Paul Sanchez began writing songs and playing his first professional shows in the French Quarter before he turned sixteen. By the 1980’s, Paul was an established part of the New Orleans rock scene, playing in The Backbeats along with Vance DeGeneres, another native New Orleanian.
Today Paul Sanchez defies categories and is noted as an actor, songwriter, singer, producer, writer and musician, with 11 solo cds under his belt. In January of 2010 Off Beat Magazine awarded Paul three Best Of The Beat Awards: Songwriter of The Year, Best Song Of The Year, Best Folk/Rock Album for Stew Called New Orleans, his duet record with friend and collaborator John Boutte. In April of that same year Gambit Weekly awarded him Best Roots Rock Performer at The Big Easy Awards.
The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation advocates for acoustic wellness and protection from noise-induced hearing disorders.