Nov 5, 2012
Who would have thought after Katrina that it's been 7 years and we're still getting the musicians of New Orleans back on their feet, and that now musicians in NYC would be needing help because of a hurricane.
It's so much worse than one might have imagined. Aside from the most obvious need of water, warmth, food and money, hundreds of musicians have lost gigs because of Sandy. Clubs are closed, and musicians haven't been able to travel out of town for work either. Lost gigs means no money for the rent. No money for the rent means the Jazz Foundation will be providing emergency assistance.
There are so many individual emergency needs, and our amazing staff of social workers and advocates are qualified to assess and address the less obvious needs of those we visit. Today we are going back downtown with more of everything.
We need the Jazz and blues-loving community to pull together on this one. Here's the part where you can help:
It is clear that the Jazz Foundation needs donations now more than ever. Please get the word out and pass this on to your music loving friends. We've already gotten donations from Germany and London.
They've always been there for us - lifting us up, getting us through the roller coaster ride of being human - and now in their moments of darkness, we can give something back.
Yours in service,