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.

Here’s To Good Health : Parading Feet

parading feet banner

NOMAF is excited to announce the Here’s To Good Health: Parading Feet Meet Ups happening this summer! We invite bartenders and service workers, dance troupe members and band directors to meet with us on July 28th and 29th to learn more about how to stay on your feet AND stay healthy.

Parading Feet is a NOMAF program to raise awareness for healthy foot care aimed at keeping our beloved cultural workers and culture bearers movin’ and groovin’.

NOMC Water Challenge

Water Challenge_ NOMC

As the summertime heats up, the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation urges you to STAY HYDRATED and join the NOMC 30 Day Water Challenge!

Donate to get a special NOMC water bottle and punch card, calculate your daily water intake goal, and start drinking more water for your health!

Visit our Water Challenge webpage for more information on how to sign up and keep hydrated.  Also visit our Water Challenge Facebook group for updates, lifestyle tips, and support!

NOMAF’s Brass Tacks Program


Due to the vital need for financial stability for members of New Orleans’ world-renowned brass bands, NOMAF created Brass Tacks.


Visit our Brass Tacks page to learn more about NOMAF’s pilot program for brass band musicians.

Grief Counseling and Free Grief Support Groups


Coping with loss, especially sudden death, is never easy. Taking care of yourself and seeking support from others are the most important ways in which you can begin healing.

Grief counseling and support groups can provide much needed guidance during difficult times. There are several FREE grief support groups available to anyone in the New Orleans area.

Visit our Grief Counseling page for more information on local grief support groups.

NOMAF Syndey Byrd Photo Collection

Print #1 “Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown & Professor Longhair (Henry Roeland Byrd), New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, c. 1978″

Print #1 “Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown & Professor Longhair (Henry Roeland Byrd), New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, c. 1978″

     NOMAF is pleased to announce

The Syndey Byrd Series – A New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic Special Edition

New Orleans photographer Syndey Byrd spent most of her life documenting the unique folk cultures and celebrations of southern Louisiana.  For a LIMITED TIME ONLY, The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic offers a selection of prints from Syndey Byrd’s archive available by donation.

As a thank you for a donation of $250 or more to the Syndey Byrd Fund, you will receive a 14 x 11 inch Syndey Byrd photograph of your choice from a selection of five images. This is a very special opportunity to own one of Byrd’s iconic images. Proceeds will go towards Sydney Byrd’s medical expenses.

Find out more information on the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic Website and order prints HERE.

New Orleans Smoke free venues

NOLA Smoke-Free Music and Bars

A map of local music venues, bars, & churches offering a smoke-free environment.

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


Did you catch it? The illustrious Robin Barnes weighs in on staying healthy on the road

Stay Healthy on Tour


Did you catch it? The illustrious Robin Barnes weighs in on staying healthy on the road

Jul 31st 12:00pm • No Comments

We are co-hosting our annual blood drive. Goal is 200 pints, theme is Hawaiian.

Sign up to donate blood that day or volunteer here: http://www.neworleansmusiciansclinic.org/about/nomc-programs/blood-drive/

Organ Grinder/NOMC Blood Drive II: Everybody Gets Lei'd.

Organ Grinder/NOMC Blood Drive II: Everybody Gets Lei'd.

Come join the Organ Grinders and @[105229236341:274:New Orleans Musicians' Clinic] for our second year hosting a humongous blood drive and party at the @[398735063545090:274:Freret Street Publiq House], August 23rd, from 11-5.

@[355384090028:274:The Blood Center] will be bringing four buses, in anticipation of collecting 175-200 pints of blood.

As the title says, everyone who donates blood will "get lei'd" Wear your Hawaiian shirts and roll up your sleeves! Come support the Publiq House even if you can't donate! We also need volunteers!

Each donor will receive a special "I got Lei'd at the Blood Drive t-shirt designed by @[1161915549:2048:Michelle Currier].

And there's more! Two bands (t.b.a.) D.J. Grinder and D.J. Nice Rack, and performances by @[106761466098473:274:The Organ Grinders], @[125249454438:274:The MuffALottas],Jailhouse Rockers, @[144272838934966:274:The Sirens of New Orleans], @[276728252445:274:Gris Gris Strut], @[327459790686:274:Roux La La], @[230505960309910:274:Nola Cherry Bombs], Camel Toe Lady Steppers. Other troupes expected as well. SO Exciting!!!! All these beautiful dance troupes hanging together for a great cause!

We'll also hold an amazing limbo contest and feature body painting by @[2803978:2048:Mary DiPasquale Burns] NOLAfly!

Come hang out with us on this special day! More to come!

Jul 31st 11:58am • No Comments

New Orleans Musicians' Clinic shared WWOZ 90.7 FM New Orleans's photo.

WWOZ 90.7 FM New Orleans

Louis Armstrong playing for his wife Lucille at the Sphinx during their trip to Egypt in 1961.

Jul 30th 12:56pm • No Comments

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