WGNO is helping local musicians with our “New Orleans Music Playlist, Save the Music Louisiana” programming.

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This Friday May 1st on our Jazz Fest Edition airing 6PM on WGNO-TV ABC, we have interviews with music legends you don’t want to miss. Legendary bassist George Porter, Jr. shares some of his favorite Jazz Fest memories; Grammy award-winning musician Terence Blanchard tells us why he looks forward to Jazz Fest every year; Zydeco artist Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes recalls the story of how he got his first chance to play at Jazz Fest; and singer Lena Prima shows us how she is helping others from home.

Plus we will have performances by community favorites Davell Crawford, Zion Harmonizers, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Cyril Neville, James Rivers, Lena Prima, and Leo Nocentelli.

The Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund was created by the Foundation to support Louisiana musicians whose livelihoods have been adversely impacted by COVID-19. 

This week is a new Save the Music Louisiana: FEST EDITION to celebrate our city’s famous Jazz Fest.

Watch this week’s special with interviews from local artists and great performances by many Jazz Fest favorites!

  • WGNO Friday, May 1 at 6 PM
  • WNOL Friday, May 1 at 10 PM
  • WGNO Saturday, May 2 at 6 PM (half-hour edition)
  • WGNO Saturday, May 2 at 10 PM

This unprecedented crisis has led to the indefinite cancellation of gigs, event postponements, and venue closures around the world. It has left many Louisiana musicians and others who work in the music industry facing a total or near-total loss of income for the foreseeable future.

The Foundation Board has dedicated $250,000 to the relief fund in this first phase of giving.  The board plans to continue to explore opportunities to support Louisiana’s music culture during this crisis to expand upon its existing community support.

The Jazz & Heritage Foundation has invested proceeds from Jazz Fest directly into the community with grants to fund projects that support the Foundation’s mission. Over the last 10 years, more than $6.1 million dollars have been awarded in Community Partnership Grants.

Through the Jazz & Heritage Relief Fund, the Foundation will continue its support of Louisiana’s music industry professionals during these uncertain times.  Establishing this fund is part of its wider plan to support the local cultural community in the coming weeks.

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