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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

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 that’s what happened when Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz and a tourist destination with an economy that depends on music.

“It’s hard to wrap your brain around what a disaster the flood was for musicians down here,” says Mark Fowler, a program manager at the nonprofit Tipitina’s Foundation, which is dedicated to restoring the musical culture of New Orleans. “Hundreds of working musicians lost their instruments and sound gear, with no insurance compensation,” says Fowler. “Without replacements, these musicians can’t go back to work.”

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 Foundation’s musicians’ 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.

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'Trumpet Notes' by Poagao

One Response to “Model – Environment affecting social sustainability – Music in New Orleans”

  1. NOLAtunes Says:

    February 27th, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Check out New Orleans first green music fest.
    New Orleans Music Store