The mission of Tipitaina's Foundation is wonderful and one that I enjoy supporting. This is what they are all about (from the website):
"The mission of the Tipitina’s Foundation is to support Louisiana’s irreplaceable music community and preserve the state’s unique musical cultures. The history of the Tipitina’s Foundation originates from the Tipitina’s music venue, a revered New Orleans cultural icon that continues to be instrumental in the development and promotion of Louisiana music around the world. 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.
The Tipitina's Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1997, has worked diligently to uplift the music community of Louisiana. The Tipitina’s Foundation focuses its efforts on four programs:
- Instruments A Comin’ purchases musical instruments for school band programs. To date we have provided more than $1,300,000 (one million, three hundred thousand dollars) worth of new, high-quality band instruments for 39 schools benefiting more than 1,500 students each school year.
- Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Op is a network of tech access centers providing business development and job skills training for local musicians, filmmakers and other digital media professionals. New Orleans, Shreveport, Alexandria, and Baton Rouge Co-Ops serve more than 1,200 members statewide.
- Tipitina’s Internship Program is a mentoring program teaching all aspects of the music industry to motivated music students. Since its launch in 2003, more than 90 interns have completed the program and gone on to further their academic, music and production careers at schools such as Juilliard School, Brown University, Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at Tisch School of the Arts/NYU, Full Sail, and the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
- Sunday Music Workshops offer students the opportunity to play with and learn from world-class musicians including featured artists Stanton Moore, Johnny Vidacovich, Kirk Joseph, and Theresa Anderson.
Through these efforts, the Tipitina’s Foundation is preserving the musical cultures of Louisiana.