The New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation (NOMAF) evolved from the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic (NOMC, established 1998) following the floods of Hurricane Katrina in late August 2005.

The NOMC is the patient centered medical home providing comprehensive and occupational health care to more than 2,500 New Orleans' performers – musicians, tradition bearers, and others who contribute to the thriving local culture and tourism industry. By keeping performers alive through preventive care, health education, networked care, and mental health and social services, the NOMC sustains New Orleans’ traditional music cultures. For a small co-pay, patients receive full access to an extensive specialty care network, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.

The NOMC is the only clinic of its kind in the United States serving musicians and entertainers. Currently the NOMC seeks to enroll patients in insurance plans. However, without Louisiana’s expansion of Medicaid, many of our patients remain without health care coverage because their incomes (which average $15,000) place them in the “sacrifice zone” – earning too much to qualify for state assistance but not enough to reasonably procure health care as per Affordable Care Act guidelines. NOMC remains true to its innovative, nonprofit donor-funded model, while striving to keep New Orleans music ALIVE as we move into our 20th year of operation.

Spreading Holiday Day Cheer in Chicago and NYC

Judith Owen and Harry Shearer will be bringing their Christmas show to New York City and Chicago.  Proceeds from the Dec. 5th show and Dec. 18th show will come to NOMC & AF.  We hope that our donors in the area will be able to make it out.

NYC event (December 5)  will be at the Cutting Room and you can purchase tickets here. 



Christmas Without Tears – December 5, 2014 – The Cutting Room from Arkanjel Productions on Vimeo.


Chicago (December 18) will be at the Space and you can purchase tickets here


Christmas Without Tears – December 18, 2014 – SPACE – NOMAF from Arkanjel Productions on Vimeo.

Jonathan Batiste and Athletes and the Arts

Our partners Athletes and the Arts sits down with Jon Batiste, he talks about the importance of musicians taking care of their bodies.

Jon Batiste interview with Athletes and the Arts from Steven Karageanes on Vimeo.

Lionel Ferbos Memorial Concert

On November 9th, 2014   the Holt – Burnett Memorial Fund (of the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation Gig Fund) and the New Orleans Jazz Celebration presents a FREE and open to the public memorial concert in honor of Lionel Ferbos.  New Orleans Rag Time Orchestra, Lionel Ferbos’ band, will play from 5 – 6 PM

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The New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation: Sustaining Musicians in Mind, Body and Spirit

The New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation operates strictly in accordance with its title. And it just so happens that its title is a pretty broad one. In addition to being an actual health care provider, through its relationship with the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, the foundation also provides critical assistance such as rent, utility payments and actual performance fees for musicians meeting its criteria for help…
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A Message from Big Chief Bo Dollis on behalf of the NOMC

Dear New Orleans Music Lovers,
I’m writing you today on behalf of the Dollis family, the Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indians and all those other 2499 musicians and tradition bearers who depend on the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic to provide health care – keeping both us AND our culture alive.

Let me tell you first hand why I’m asking for your support for the clinic that means so much to us. By this time in 2005, the New Orleans Musicians Clinic (NOMC) was re-opened and operating, offering both health care and gig support so my fellow musicians and I could come back home. Two years later, when I suffered a massive stroke, the NOMC took care of me and I continue to undergo daily dialysis for kidney failure. Like it has been for so many other musicians, the NOMC is there every step of the way. The NOMC gives us hope.

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How to Donate

NOMAF is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Tax ID # 20-8135939

Thank you for your donation to the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation. You may donate online or mail your donation to us directly.

To Donate Online, please click here:

To send a check, please make your check payable to “NOMAF” and mail to:

1525 Louisiana Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115

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