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Preservation Hall Foundation Opens Sousafund Application

Preservation Hall Foundation Opens Sousafund Application

At-Risk Students Have Opportunity to Receive Music Equipment for In-School Programs

NEW ORLEANS - The Preservation Hall Foundation announces the Sousafund application is open for at-risk students to obtain basses and tubas to use in school music programs. 

The Sousafund was announced in March 2018 after Ben Jaffe, son of Preservation Hall founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe, had his sousaphone stolen. 

“One of the challenges for aspiring bass and tuba players is the cost of professional quality instruments,” said Ben Jaffe. “It is oftentimes a barrier to pursuing their dreams. In response to the loss of my instrument, so many reached out with offers to replace my horn. I wanted to harness this heartfelt enthusiasm to put instruments into the hands of aspiring musicians.

The application is open to students who live in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. Preservation Hall Foundation retains ownership while they are being used. If a student decides to pursue a career in music, including applying to music schools across the country, the instrument ownership is passed on to the student.

“The Preservation Hall Foundation is committed to supporting the next generation of musicians,” said Ashley Shabankareh, director of programs. “We are excited to start providing quality basses, sousaphones and tubas to students in need in both Orleans and Jefferson Parish.”

The application link can be found here: Sousafund Application. The application deadline is Monday, December 3, 2018. 

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