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.

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.

NOMAF Big Chief Bo Dollis Memorial Fund

Big Chief Bo Dollis


Big Chief Theodore Emile ‘Bo’ Dollis 1944- 2015

The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation family mourns the recent loss of Big Chief Bo Dollis of the Wild Magnolias.

Please visit our NOMAF Big Chief Bo Dollis Memorial Fund page for more information on the life of Big Chief Bo and the donor advised fund created in his name for the benefit of the masking Mardi Gras Indian community.

New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation Seeks to Reduce Foot Pain in School Marching Bands

KIPP Central City Academy’s Marching Tigers


NOMC & AF Present Parading Feet Initiative during the 2015 Carnival Season

Regular parade goers along the stretch of the traditional St. Charles Ave. route may be familiar with a chant of the school marching bands: “Ahhh!…my feet hurt!”

For many musicians and marching band students, blisters and sore feet are at an all time high this time of year, and the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation (NOMC&AF) wants to ensure that foot pain becomes another out-dated carnival tradition.

Its pilot program, Parading Feet, connects band leaders, parents and students to foot care resources. “The goal is to help marching band students focus on their music instead of uncomfortable feet,” says volunteer program manager, Dr. Marc Lindy of Vancouver, Canada, a podiatrist, tuba player and leader of the Homegoing Brass Band.

“It’s bad – every year we march, we have great, talented students drop out from a parade because her/his feet were killing. With Parading Feet, you will see our students marching and smiling each parade, no excuses,” says Mr. Joshua Speight, band director for KIPP’s new music program, which is the pilot school for NOMC&AF’s initiative.

This week, KIPP’s Central City Academy’s Tiger marching band received a generous donation of anti-blister socks from Wrightsock (North Carolina) and Formthotic insoles from Foot Science International (New Zealand) for each band member just in time to high-step into parade season.

Dr. Lindy also coordinates blister remediation, foot strain and proper shoe ordering information and offers advice via skype.

“For many of the band students, this will be a valuable lesson in preventive health care. The ultimate goal of the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation is for performers to treat their bodies as their most important instrument. That’s what we’ve accomplished daily through the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic for 17 years. We’re so thankful for our supports who keep musicians happy, healthy and alive. It seems natural that we give health resources to young musicians,” says Erica Dudas, managing director of NOMAF.

See a special thank you video from the KIPP Marching Band leaders and students here!

KIPP Central City Academy’s Tiger Marching Band will be high-stepping on the routes for the first time in the following parades:

 Krewe of Pontchatrain (2/7), Krewe of Carrollton 2/8), Chaos (2/12), Hermes (2/13) and Tucks (2/14).

Be safe, have fun this Carnival Season

New Orleans Mardi Gras 2015

It’s Carnival season in New Orleans so as they say, “Laissez les bons temps rouler!

The celebration is underway and we encourage you to think before you drink! This year we have put together a few helpful tips on Mindful Alcohol Consumption to keep everyone’s good time rolling.

 Happy Mardi Gras and remember to Be Safe, Have Fun!

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


In honor of Mental Health Month, NAMI New Orleans, NOMC, and The Brett Thomas Doussan Foundation, LLC partnered to bring music to NAMI clients! What a great day!!! Thank you to Jeremy Thomas, Geoff Clapp, Khari Allen Lee, Max Moran & Shea Pierre for sharing their incredible talents with this lively group!!!!!

May 19th 3:10pm • 3 Comments

Share this one around! Bayou Boogaloo Music Festival had some last minute volunteer cancellations! Step in and take over and tell them that the Musicians' Clinic sent ya!

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May 15th 12:39pm • 2 Comments

We'll be at this weekend's Bayou Boogaloo Music Festival
Come out, enjoy the FREE festival and stop by our outreach table Friday - Sunday!

For more details on the fest see this NOLA.com article:


Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo 2015: Music schedule, vendors, parking and floating bars


Bayou Boogaloo 2015 brings free music and festival fun to Mid-City New Orleans.

May 14th 1:39pm • No Comments

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