Tipitina's Foundation

The mission of the Tipitina's Foundation is to support Louisiana and New Orleans' irreplaceable music community and preserve the state's unique musical cultures. The Foundation works to support childhood music education, the professional development of adult musicians, and the increased profile and viability of Louisiana music as a cultural, educational, and economic resource.
Oct 14, 2014

One Step Backwards, Two Steps Forwards

Happy Fall to everyone,

Thank you all for your support of the Louisiana Instrument Repair Initiative. This project has been a much larger time investment than we anticipated, and we appreciate your patience. However, owing to the prolonged, complicated, and sporadic nature of this project, we have decided to suspend our Global Giving campaign indefinitely.

Any donations that have been made up to this point will be used in our continued development of the Louisiana Instrument Repair Initiative. If you want to stay informed about the Foundation's ongoing activities and efforts to protect and preserve Louisiana's musical culture, please visit our website at http://tipitinasfoundation.org.

We also invite you to join our mailing list.

We are much closer to attaining our goals than we were three months ago, but we still have a lot of ground to cover. The good news is that the end is in sight--an equipped facility and staff to process instrument donations and quickly turn them over to the waiting hands of Louisiana's youth.

Keep the music alive!


Sep 15, 2014

Applications Are In, Decisions Forthcoming

It's an exciting time at Tipitina's Foundation! The application deadline for our Instruments A Comin' program--the vehicle through which we distribute musical instruments to school music programs--has come and gone, and we had a lot of gifted music programs seeking our help. Now we must decide how to meet a large need with limited means.

This week we finished interviewing potential recipient music programs. We assessed their needs versus those of other school music programs in the area, taking into account our available funding and our inventory of professionally refurbished instruments. In the coming weeks we will select and announce a number of New Orleans area schools who will be the beneficiaries of this year's Instruments A Comin' awards. Included in that number will be 2-3 schools slated to receive our first batch of professionally refurbished, quality musical instruments. This is especially exciting because without the Louisiana Instrument Repair Initiative, we would not have been able to help these schools meet their needs.

In other news, Stafford--our repair technician--has been very busy working to restore a number of instruments recently reclaimed from a school that shut its doors over the summer. We are hoping that he can turn these instruments around in time to include them in this year's Instruments A Comin' New Orleans awards.

Thank you all for your continued, generous support!

Jun 16, 2014

Gearing Up for National Launch

NEW ORLEANS, LA -- Things are continuing to progress for the Louisiana Instrument Repair Initiative, though perhaps not as quickly as we had initially anticipated. But rather than rush our fundraising efforts and compromise our message, we have been taking time to refine and focus our message as we prepare for a national launch of our fundraising campaign.

We were very fortunate to have some students from Tulane University donate their time and talents to create a PSA for us that we hope to disseminate in the coming weeks. We were able to enlist the help and support of local musicians Irma Thomas and Delfeayo Marsalis. With the added aid of a local band director and some of his pupils, our call to action is strong and urgent: keep the music alive and the instruments a-comin'! We look forward to sharing this video with you, our donors and partners.

Thanks to an agreement with FedEx, we have arranged for free shipping of all instrument donations coming to Tipitina's Foundation. By following these directions, donors will be able to get their instruments to Louisiana quickly and at no cost to them. It has been a great pleasure working with FedEx in this regard.

Be on the lookout in the coming months for our PSA announcement!