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LOCAL 174-496

New Orleans
LOCAL 174-496


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Free earplugs at FQF 2017

Free Earplugs for festival goers!

AFM Local 174-496 is proud to announce a three-fold partnership with the Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) and the New Orleans Musicians Clinic (NOMC) during the New Orleans French Quarter Festival April 6-9, 2017. The MPTF provides grant funding to assure that many of the musicians performing receive fair compensation. The grant requests were coordinated through the efforts of the AFM’s Local 174-496.

As part of the partnership, free ear plugs will be distributed to French Quarter Fest audience members by NOMC volunteers during the following performances on the Jackson Square Stage:

More about our program partners:

The Musicians Performance Trust Fund‘s mission is to provide admission-free, live, quality music, performed by professional musicians to the public of all backgrounds throughout the United States and Canada. The MPTF seeks to enrich the lives of the general public, young and old, through music; to contribute to the public’s knowledge and appreciation of music, and to make music and music education an exciting experience and to expand it to every child’s life experience.

H.E.A.R. Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers is a nonprofit (501c3) organization dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of noise exposure that can lead to permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. Damage to hearing is typically cumulative and irreversible, not immediately detectable, and it can occur from almost any contemporary music source or event. H.E.A.R.’s mission is the prevention of hearing loss and tinnitus among musicians and music fans (especially teens) through education awareness and grassroots outreach advocacy.

Dedicated on May 2, 1998, the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic (NOMC) became the first such health initiative in the United States, addressing the health care needs of musicians and artists, as well as their families, whether they are insured, under insured or uninsured. Not only does the NOMC strive to affect an agenda of wellness in our musician patient population, the organization encourages musicians to become advocates for early detection, prevention, and treatment for others facing the same risks.

The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation’s Save New Orleans Sounds wellness program provides resources and preventive health education aimed at protecting New Orleans’ hearing by working to reduce the number of noise induced hearing disorders.

Save New Orleans Sounds advocates for healthy sound environments with the goal of making New Orleans the nations’ number one acoustic friendly city. Through research, outreach, and preventive health education we strive to create a healthy local music environment for musicians and music lovers alike.


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