Keep New Orleans Music Alive

Sustaining New Orleans Culture…

Providing emergency aid to native musicians and culture bearers…

Because our future depends on it!!!

About Keep New Orleans Music Alive (KNOMA)

New Orleans musical culture attracts visitors from around the world. Native culture bearers—from musicians to dancers and other performers—have sustained this centuries old heritage for future generations to enjoy. The Covid-19 pandemic [and Katrina before it] has exposed the vulnerability of these individuals, who even in good times can suffer from circumstances beyond their control.

Keep New Orleans Music Alive (KNOMA), a 501c3, provides emergency assistance to those born here or have made New Orleans their home, who live the music of the city where jazz was born.

Erika Gorldring Photography boy with Trombone

KNOMA Events

Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 6 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

Marsalis celebrates Keep NOLA Music Alive with August 2 “Double-Nickel Birthday Bash”, a virtual fundraising performance

September 16th, 2020

There is no more recognizable family name in jazz from New Orleans and beyond than: Marsalis. We’re paying tribute to the late pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr. who passed of Covid-19 in April 2020, and to his musical sons Branford (saxophone), Wynton (trumpet), Delfeayo (trombone) and Jason (drums and vibraphone). The conversation ranges from coming of age in a family of musicians, with expectations of performing at the highest level, to the interplay of traditional and modern jazz in New Orleans. Previously unheard are Wynton’s remarkable memorial oration and a live set with youngest son Jason Marsalis playing the music of his late father. It’s the enduring and thriving musical legacy of the Marsalis family this week on American Routes.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 28:  The Cheyenne Mardi Gras Indians greet another Uptown tribe on February 28, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)


Applicants must earn their livelihood substantially through performance in New Orleans and can demonstrate unexpected financial hardship. A written application must be submitted. Grants are made at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

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