Mission: The mission of the Tipitina’s Foundation is to support Louisiana and New Orleans' irreplaceable music community and preserve the state’s unique musical cultures. The Foundation works to support childhood music education, the professional development of adult musicians, and the increased profile and viability of Louisiana music as a cultural, educational, and economic resource.
Results: - Provided more than $2.2 million worth of high-quality musical instruments to more than 70 area schools and after-school programs, benefiting more than 4,000 students each school year.
- Helped adult musicians and filmmakers achieve annual music/media income increases ranging from 13% to 35%, creating more than $19 million in new earnings and investment.
- 100% of participating seniors in Tipitina's Internship Program have graduated high school or received GEDs. Thirteen of those students have received full four-year academic scholarships with the program's help, to institutions including the Berklee School of Music (Boston MA).
- Provided biweekly Music Workshops, offering free hands-on music lessons to students of all experience and skill levels, benefiting more than 1000 students.
Target demographics: Tipitina's Foundation serves low-income adult musicians, filmmakers, and other media workers across the state of Louisiana, and also serves low-income music students ages 7 to 19 in the New Orleans metro area
Direct beneficiaries per year: 7525
Geographic areas served: MUSIC OFFICE CO-OP: State of Louisiana
YOUTH MUSIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS - New Orleans metro area
Programs: - Instruments A Comin' (IAC) – Tipitina's Internship Program (TIP) – Tipitina's Music Office Co-Op (currently in New Orleans, Shreveport, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette) – Sunday Music Workshops
An astounding thing happened when our sheriff had an idea to turn a kids love of music into a place of support and educational pursuit. Armed with this vision, partners were sought to bring things into fruition. One of the organizations that responded was Tipitina's. Through the relationship, kids in our band have played on stage and before professional musicians and the public taking away a real sense of self worth and pride. These experiences have been priceless, but the care and concern for the band's ability to grow and florish surpasses any expectation or reality I had about the Tipitina's Foundation. Their generosity and genuine desire to help musicians makes them a community anchor that we are proud to know.
These guys are great- after the tsunami they organized benefits for Japaense school children who lost their instruments-they did this to honor the Japanese who gave them instruments after Katrina- they even fronted the money before the benefits so that the kids could play concerts in shelters without delay! Really great organization.
One of the best Foundations in the city of New Orleans, if not the country. Tips has done more for the betterment of the music community than any celebrity or large corporation could dream of doing. The best part is that they give back to music professional and kids, providing uniforms and instruments alike.
If you are looking to donate, I strongly suggest you look at The Tipitina's Foundation!
The Foundation definitely supports childhood music education, the professional development of adult musicians, and the increased profile and viability of Louisiana music as a cultural, educational, and economic resource.