We learned on January 13 that New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation has awarded the Musicians Council on Fair Wages (MCFW) a $2,500 Community Partnership Grant. MCFW will use the grant funds to support production of a one day festival that will present local music and education around the business of music in New Orleans.
Upon receiving notification of the grant award, Executive Director Jonathan Olson said that “we’re thrilled to be considered a partner by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation and happy that their Community Partnership Committee has agreed to continue supporting our programs. We will produce the festival to give our local musicians opportunities to perform for fair wages and to expand entertainment opportunities for audiences in a safe environment. We know that the COVID-19 pandemic, and the necessary responses, have significantly disrupted the local cultural economy, and forced musicians and culture bearers to find new ways to make a living. We are planning to expand our programs this year to create a better understanding of the how our music and culture economy works and how we can improve outcomes for all participants in that economy”.
Check back for ongoing developments on the planning of this event.
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