“In December of 2008, I suffered a stroke and endured months of hospitalization and physical therapy – that time offstage felt like an eternity. The NOMC was there for me every step of the way to get me back performing. The specialists even found a way to include my sousaphone in the physical therapy sessions! THANK YOU, my Musicians’ Clinic family (YOU, the donors) and all of the specialists who supported my long road back.”
Phil Frazier Founder of Grammy winning Rebirth Brass Band
“In 2009, my late husband, the great Big Chief Bo Dollis, suffered a massive stroke. NOMC was there for my husband to care for his medical needs every step of the way until his passing in 2015. If it wasn’t for NOMC, my husband may not have lived as long as he did. It’s my goal to make sure my husband’s legacy stays alive for generations to come and to support the only non-profit organization in New Orleans dedicated to the health and wellness of our culture, NOMC.”
Laurita Dollis “Big Queen Rita” of the Wild Magnolias; Chair, Queens of the Nation Mardi Gras Indian Council
“The NOMC provided me health care when I had none and I am very grateful they exist. The work the Clinic does to help musicians, people who work most often without any benefits and who provide a big part of what makes New Orleans unique and a destination, is invaluable.”
Mark Grissom Bassist; Patient Since 2003
“Here’s why I am committed to help the NOMC: It comes down to arithmetic. The life expectancy for the primary demographic of their patients, African-American males in New Orleans, is just 68. 1 years, compared to 78.2 years for males in the USA. However, the NOMC lessens this disparity by engaging their patients to take control of their own wellbeing – the results are high participation rates in diabetes management programs, antismoking campaigns, and community wellness initiatives.”
David Simon 2010 MacArthur Fellow Recipient; Creator of HBO’s The Wire; Co-Creator of HBO’s Treme
“The NOMC services have been a true lifeline for me and many of my fellow musicians. Whether one needs specialty care or preventive checkups, the clinic is there to help, from hearing tests to vaccinations to emergencies.”
Katja Toivola Trombonist; Patient Since 2005
covers the copay for one medical specialist visit
funds one mental health therapy session for a musician in need
provides a physical therapy session for a performer
funds annual blood work for an NOMC patient
provides one year of dental services for a musician
funds 1 year of patient care OR sponsors a community health outreach event
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