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The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival announce that it will donate $240,000 to a variety of New Orleans non-profit groups

Tickets are still available but selling fast for this years Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival being held June 11-13 in Manchester, Tennessee at their website bonnaroo.com
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Somethin' Else New Orleans was modelled after some of the city’s most distinctive music venues
Fans were asked to make a donation upon entering “Somethin’ Else – New Orleans” throughout the weekend.
Featured were some of New Orleans greatest musical talent. The Morning 40 Fedration also performed
Even New Orleans finest were working the bar
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In their continuing effort to promote continued awareness of the rebuilding of New Orleans, festival organizers Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment created the “Somethin’ Else – New Orleans” tent at the 2008 event. The money raised from these donations will be part of the gift that the festival is making.

“The city of New Orleans and it’s amazing culture continues to be a major inspiration for us in everything that we do, not just Bonnaroo (whose very name is Crescent City Creole slang for ‘good stuff’),” says Paul Peck of Superfly Productions who produce annual events in New Orleans including the “Superfly During Jazzfest Concert Series.” Additional money for the donation was raised from the benefit concert “From the Big Apple to the Big Easy” at Radio City Music Hall, which was produced by Radio City Entertainment, Superfly Productions and Red Light management. The concert featured Dave Matthews, Trey Anastasio, Tom Waits, The Neville Brothers, John Mayer, Joss Stone and many others.

The groups that will be supported by the donation are below:

New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village / Ellis Marsalis Center for Music
http://www.nolamusiciansvillage.com/about/

After hurricanes Katrina and Rita forced many musicians to flee New Orleans, the sounds of jazz, blues, and other genres that are the soundtrack of this incredible city, were exiled in faraway places. New Orleans Area Habitat, together with Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis were determined to change this and plans were announced in December 2005 for the construction of a Musicians' Village. The Musicians' Village, conceived by Connick and Marsalis, consists of 82 units for displaced New Orleans musicians and other qualifying families. Its centerpiece is the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, dedicated to the education and development of homeowners and others who will live nearby. It will have a 150-seat performance space with state-of-the-art lighting and sound, and will produce the accomplishments of its students. The center will focus on the diverse music heritage of NOLA.

New Orleans Musicians Clinic
http://www.neworleansmusiciansclinic.org/

Provides access to health and social welfare services for the New Orleans music community. The clinic helps sustain the health of NOLA musicians and their families by providing medical services and developing access to primary care, preventative health services, as well as social and occupational outreach. They often refer patients to specialists within the LSU Healthcare Network and provide access to discounted prescriptions, patient assistance programs, lab work and vaccinations. Through their New Orleans Musicians Fdn. (NOMAF) they sustain musicians in need by keeping their music alive in New Orleans through funding gigs and musician mentorship programs in schools, at community centers, and neighborhoods.

NOCCA - New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts
http://www.nocca.com

NOCCA is a tuition-free, professional arts training center located in the heart of historic New Orleans. NOCCA offers instruction in creative writing, dance, media arts, music, theatre arts, and visual arts to high school students across Louisiana through school day, after-school, weekend and summer sessions.

The NOCCA Institute provides support and advocacy for NOCCA, overseeing multiple financial aid programs, an Artist-in-Residence program, the Center Stage concert series, and other programs that enhance the educational environment for students and provide arts experiences for the general public."

Tipitina's Foundation
http://www.tipitinasfoundation.org/about/mission.asp

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.

For more information, please contact Ken Weinstein at Big Hassle Media:
212.619.1360 or weinstein@bighassle.com

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