Save the New Orleans Musicians Clinic!

Since 1998 the New Orleans Musicians Clinic has been the sole source of health care for more than 800 local musicians, all of whom work from gig to gig, almost none of whom can afford private health insurance, and therefore have no other health care options (thanks to the fact that the United States is the only industrialized country on the planet that does not offer some form of universal health care for its citizens). New Orleans’ musicians are her living treasures, and many of them would not be with us today (or would be in much poorer health) if not for the NOMC.

Unfortunately, the Clinic is in trouble. On August 1 of this year, their grant money will run out, removing 90% of the clinic’s budget. Benefits are being thrown left and right, but it’s not going to be enough. Let’s hear from some of the musicians themselves about the importance of the Clinic, and what its loss will entail:

Here’s what you can do to help:

Buy the NOMC’s benefit CD (via download), Get You A Healin’, featuring Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, the funky Meters, Guardians of the Flame, Blue Lu Barker and many more.


If you’re on NOLA and there’s a benefit happening, get a ticket and go.

Spread the word. Send your friends to, which contains the above video and support links.

Help keep our beloved musicians alive and healthy!


2 Responses to “Save the New Orleans Musicians Clinic!”

  1. Tiare said:

    Apr 08, 10 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks Chuck, i`m putting it up on my FB



  2. Jen in WI said:

    Apr 08, 10 at 12:42 pm

    I was just talking about this the other day…interesting coincidence that you post this. I will be donating.

    Things like this just anger me. How can the government can bail out wealthy, greedy corporations that lack social conscience and ethics, but organizations like this cannot receive more funding.