Recommended Resources

Financial Aid from one of the following recommended resources may be available to you if you experienced material losses as a result of the COVID pandemic.  Consultations with the NOMC’s social worker are currently limited to current patients of the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, however below is a (non-exhaustive) guide to recommended financial aid resources that are cultural community-specific.

While application requirements and parameters vary by funding source, typically, you must be able to provide the following documentation.  To address the impact on cash-based workers, some funds are becoming more flexible in their requirements, applicants must consult the appropriate agency to learn more about criteria.

The Ella Project can help answer your questions on documentation and eligibility for varying funds and relief programs. Call/Email with your questions to 504-250-0429 or


List of items typically needed for applications:

  • LOUISIANA Resources:

      • Help Filing for Unemployment
      • **HELP GUIDE: Government Support for Creative Professionals (PDF) – **download or screenshot this helpful flowchart – for anyone who lost current or upcoming full or part-time work!
        • Catholic Charities Assistance for Benefits Enrollment – Catholic Charities can assist you with completing: SNAP Application/Re-certification, Medicaid Application, Benefits Enrollment Checkup. For assistance please contact: Mary Smith Office (504) 861-6360 | cell (504) 605-9248 OR Doug Kariker Office (504) 310-6909 | cell (504) 260-6443