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.

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!

Team NOMC in the 2015 Crescent City Classic 10K

We are pleased to announce that the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation has been chosen as an official charity partner for the 2015 Crescent City Classic 10K.

More information on their “Run For It” Charity & Fundraising program can be found on their website.

Team NOMC is actively recruiting runners, joggers, walkers, and anyone interested in joining us for the race on April 4, 2015!

Visit our team page on Crowdrise to sign up or donate. For more information, email office@nomaf.org or call 504-415-3514.

Join Team NOMC!

Here’s to Good Health I January 2015 I “Goal Setting” with Dr. Tursha Hamilton


Here’s to Good Health! January 2015 marked the kickoff of our year long community health partnership with The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society.

As part of this partnership, we will produce monthly newsletters and host monthly webinars with leading national health providers discussing different themes each month.

Our opening theme for 2015 is “Goal Setting” brought to you by leading Naturopathic physician, Dr. Tursha Hamilton. More information on Dr. Tursha can be found on her website.

The “Goal Setting” webinar took place on January 22,2014. Take a look at Dr. Tursha’s tips for setting your 2015 health and wellness goals:


Set your 2015 goals now! Here’s to Good Health newsletters, webinars, and upcoming educational events are designed to teach you how to achieve your health and wellness goals this year.

NOMC & AF to Co-Host an ACA Seminar and Enrollment session

Invitation to Jan 6th


De-Mystifying Access to Health Care

December 31st, 2014

What: Every Artist Insured – A Health Insurance Information Session

When: Tuesday, January 6th 2015, 12 PM – 3pm

Where: Ashe Cultural Arts Center 1712 Orthea Castle Haley Blvd

Attendees bring: ID, Social Security # and proof of income

On Tuesday January 6th (Epiphany) the Ashé Cultural Arts Center will co-host a seminar on enrollment in Louisiana’s Health Insurance Marketplace. Insights and commentary will be led by Jim Brown of The Actors Fund and co-sponsored by the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation (NOMC & AF). The forum will assist cultural workers, visual and performing artists, entertainment professionals, artisans and craftspeople in the New Orleans area find quality, affordable health insurance.  It explains in detail all of the elements of the ACA and guides attendees through the process of enrolling in one of the local plans on the insurance marketplace as well as in government-sponsored plans, such as Medicaid and Child Health plans. The information presented in unbiased and has no corporate sponsorship.  The goal is to see every New Orleans musician and artist become insured.  Representatives from Blue Cross Blue Shield, Swanson Insurance and more will also be available to answer questions about their ACA insurance plans.


There will be ample time during and after the forum for questions and discussion of personal options.


Food and beverages will be provided.

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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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If you or anyone you know struggles with suicidal thoughts please know that there are resources to help and you are not alone.

NAMI New Orleans has excellent services and the number for the National Suicide Prevention Line is 1(800)273-8255. The Brett Thomas Doussan Foundation, LLC is actively working to raise funding and awareness to end the stigma around mental illness and work toward hope. #musicforthemind

Mourning the Death of Musician David Philastre


The outpouring of grief from New Orleans musicians swept through social media like a tidal wave as news of guitarist David Philastre’s death broke.

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