Bunny Matthews Care Fund

Artist and writer Bunny Matthews spent decades chronicling the New Orleans music scene from his own unique, observant point of view at publications including Wavelength, Offbeat, Gambit, and contributing cartoons for The Times-Picayune. His now iconic characters Vic and Nat’ly helped canonize the persona of the Nawlins Y’at and left an indelible mark on the collective consciousness of the town he called home. Here he raised a family, later departing to the cooler breezes and calmer life of Abita Springs with his wife Debbie.
Bunny was hit hard by non-cns lymphoma in 2015. He beat the odds and went into remission the following year only to see his beloved wife diagnosed with the even more aggressive glioblastoma in 2017. Sadly she lost her battle with cancer in 2018. Less than a year later his cancer too had returned. He yet again fought hard to remission, but when his tumor returned in the spring, Bunny decided not to seek treatment and to allow nature to take its course. He is currently living in an assisted care facility and receiving hospice care. The quintessential artist, money did not drive his decisions in life and what he did have saved was quickly snapped up by the high price of fighting cancer. Bunny is in need of donations for end-of-life costs. – Jude Matthews

Professor Richard Rose

Professor Rose playing the drums at Ashe Cultural Arts Center with NOMC Co-Founding Director Bethany Bultman and NOMC patient advocate Big Queen Cherice Harrison Nelson in June 2019
Professor Richard Rose, a native St. Louisan, first heard Alphonse Picou play High Society on Bourbon Street in 1953. Today, this Oxford graduate is a world-renowned political scientist and public policy expert with a professorship in Scotland and offices in Berlin and Florence. To relax he gets out his wire brushes late at night to play along with the extraordinarily syncopated rhythms of Jelly Roll Morton.
Professor Rose first began supporting the Musicians’ Clinic after Katrina when he searched the Internet to find out how he could help keep music alive in New Orleans. Having previously published research in Social Science and Medicine with leading pubic health professors at the University of London he immediately saw the value of activities to help musicians in need get the help to which they were entitled. On successive trips to New Orleans with side trips to Mamou he has seen how we work and progressively increased his donations to help us do things to meet unmet needs based on NOMAF’s specific patient engagement programming as we strive to overcome health disparity – including funding mental health access for local performers.
Professor Rose has generously offered a match of up to $25,000 in donations made to the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.  Will you join him in supporting the great musicians of this city and their cultural legacy?

Suzanne Douvillier

Suzanne Douvillier
A portrait of Suzanne Douvillier by artist D. Lammie Hanson of Where Y’art

Long before it was the birthplace of jazz, and even before it built its famed French Opera House, New Orleans was the epicenter of American dance, thanks to Suzanne Douvillier — also known as Madam Placide — a French ballerina, choreographer and pantomimist who is recognized as the first celebrity ballet dancer in the United States. After building her name by bouncing around in New York; Philadelphia; Boston; and Charleston, South Carolina, she and husband Louis Douvillier in 1799 settled in New Orleans, where she became a fixture on the local performance scene. In addition to being a dancer, she was a barrier breaker, as she is believed to be the country’s first female choreographer, first female scene-painter and the first woman to perform on-stage as a man.

Learn more about Suzanne Douvillier:

A woman of firsts: Suzanne Douvillier changed dance in New Orleans—and America

Danseuse du Roi – The Life of Suzanne Vaillandé Douvillier

In her short life,  she bolstered the emerging performing arts scene in New Orleans and set new standards for what a woman could achieve in the theater.

The goal of this donor-advised fund is to raise money for dancer care at the clinic and the Dancer Wellness Program, which provides resources, wellness education and workshops for local dancers.

All donations are tax-deductible and donors will receive donation documentation. If you wish to provide a check, please make it out to NOMAF, note ‘Suzanne Douvillier’ in the memo and mail to 1525 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115.

Queens Make A Splash

Queens Make a Splash
Image by Monica Kelly Studios

This summer, Mardi Gras Indian Queens are making a splash! Support our local cultural icons as they learn how to swim. Adults who are able to swim are safer near water – which we have a lot of in Louisiana! – and have more opportunities for physical activity in their lives.

You can help our Queens Make A Splash by contributing today to help us create a safe, supportive environment for our culture bearers to learn a vital skill with a certified swim instructor.

Freddie Blue

Freddie Blue
Freddie Blue

Fred Goodrich, aka “Freddie Blue,” has been active in the music industry for over 40 years. Many concerts were outdoors and the sun exposure has taken its toll. Freddie has been diagnosed with melanoma cancer. Fred works as a full time production manager, part time singer and guitarist, photographer and philanthropist. Many know him through his many years as the Operations Manager and volunteer show host at WWOZ, FM radio. You may also know him by his daily morning photographs of the New Orleans sunrise on the Mississippi River accompanied by words of inspiration and love. Funds are needed to pay non-covered medical, pharmaceutical and restorative surgery expenses.

UPDATE – FEBRUARY 2019: Freddie is so grateful to all those who are a part of his recovery effort! Overall, Freddie insists, treatment is going ok with manageable side effects. The plan is for treatments to end in November and continue to monitor closely with quarterly check ups. If the fates are kind, in 5 years it will be cured. Unfortunately, the downside is that the financial burden has turned out to be greater than expected. This fundraising goal has been upped to $40,000.00 to help cover out of pocket treatment costs during this difficult time. The FREDDIE BLUE CANCER FUND will be a permanent Donor Advised Fund established by the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation. The goal is to raise $40,000.00. This fund will pay medical expenses directly. All donations are tax deductible and donors will receive donation documentation.

If you wish to provide a check, please make it out to NOMAF, note ‘Freddie Blue’ in the memo and mail to 1525 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115.