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 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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Working the long, late hours that bartending and service careers demand, it’s easy to forget about your health. In 2015, The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society and the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation, two organizations dedicated to preserving the unique culture of our city, are teaming up for a yearlong initiative to promote health and wellness among New Orleans’ service community. This special program will include health events, educational seminars, group classes and much more, all developed to address the specific health challenges of working in the service industry. Together we want to keep everyone who works in our legendary clubs, bars and restaurants healthy so they can keep serving up an important part of our local culture.

For more information or to get involved, email office@nomaf.org

NOMAF and Dat Dog Nola New Year’s Eve Partnership Kick Off Party

Dat Dog presents: NOMAF Partnership Kick Off Party
Date: NEW YEAR’S EVE – Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014
Time: 6pm-10pm
Location: Dat Dog on Frenchmen Street, @ 601 Frenchmen

Dat Dog's Frenchmen St location

Dat Dog’s Frenchmen St Location

Live Music, Celebrity Bartenders, Cathead Cocktails, Raffles (champagne! liquor! music packages!)

Dat Dog will be announcing it’s year long-commitment to NOMAF; each of the three Dat Dogs in New Orleans will feature their Dog Days Remedy cocktail (a bacon-infused Cathead Vodka Bloody Mary) for the upcoming year, for which each Dogs Days Remedy is sold during that time, a portion will be donated to NOMAF.

During the Kick Off Party, a portion of Dat Dog on Frenchmen’s sales will go to NOMAF.

See more info about the event in this article from NOLA Defender.

Start off your  New Year on the good foot by supporting local musicians’ healthcare! Eat & drink at Dat Dog @601 Frenchmen during your night to contribute!

Hope to see you and celebrating with us on Frenchmen St. this New Year’s Eve!

For more information on this partnership & exciting events follow us on Facebook or Twitter!

Dat Dog to partner with NOMAF in 2015.

Dat Dog & NOMAF Partner in 2015

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.

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


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Community pays last respects to Big Chief Bo Dollis


Friends and family of Big Chief Bo Dollis paid last respects Friday night at the Carver Theatre.

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Crescent City Classic is coming! Want to be a charity runner? Email info@nomaf.org for deets.

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#TGIF Look out for our #RunForIt signs while you're driving around #NOLA this weekend! Who are you running for on April 4th? Pick from 15 local charities and start fundraising here: www.Crowdrise.com/CrescentCityClassic2015 — with Mark Berger and Kirsten Early Reisig.

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