Model – Environment affecting social sustainability – Music in New Orleans
Posted in Models by fedwards on October 29th, 2007
The positive story, “Saving a city, one trumpet at a time” was recounted recently in E-Magazine. It tells how the impact of climate change – ie. Hurricane Katrina and its effect on New Orleans – has been partially abated by the introduction of a recycled instrument scheme. Read on for a taste of the article. For the full story visit http://www.emagazine.com/view/?3851.
IN BRIEF: Saving a City, One Trumpet at a Time
By Julie Melrose
It sounds like the plot of a Twilight Zone episode: The destruction of virtually all of the musical instruments in a major U.S. city. Yet thatâ€™s what happened when Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz and a tourist destination with an economy that depends on music.
â€œItâ€™s hard to wrap your brain around what a disaster the flood was for musicians down here,â€ says Mark Fowler, a program manager at the nonprofit Tipitinaâ€™s Foundation, which is dedicated to restoring the musical culture of New Orleans. â€œHundreds of working musicians lost their instruments and sound gear, with no insurance compensation,â€ says Fowler. â€œWithout replacements, these musicians canâ€™t go back to work.â€
The waiting list for instruments is growing as more musicians return to New Orleans, and the post-Katrina financial outpouring is mostly over. But now the Foundationâ€™s musiciansâ€™ cooperative has started a recycling program, and is making a nationwide appeal for tax-deductible donations of used musical instruments in playable or easily reparable condition.
For the full story visit http://www.emagazine.com/view/?3851.