Scott Aiges of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation says that the average musician in the area makes less than $27,000, is married, and has two or more children. The concentration of musicians can also make it harder for New Orleans performers to improve their lot.
Artists sometimes lack access to tools they could use to improve their position. And musicians are not accustomed to articulating or leveraging their own value. A musician isn’t a day laborer. To simply reach a level of competence, an artist must log thousands of hours of practice and performance.
Yes, more money in the pockets of New Orleans musicians is the first step. Then the "Tip the Band" call-to-action and campaign materials can drive awareness of the local music industry's greater needs, perhaps directing the community to support local musician programs such as: