Music Rising was founded to help rescue the musical culture of the Central Gulf by replacing musical instruments lost or destroyed after hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Since its founding, the organization has gone on to aid thousands of musicians, students and church choirs/members in getting back their livelihood, rebuilding their music programs and partaking in their own faith oriented musical congregations. Music Rising has also aided musicians and music programs in Nashville after the floods in 2010 and in the northeast after Superstorm Sandy. And now, in partnership with Tulane University, Music Rising has created a program to foster national and international study through the work of K-12 educators and university scholars to study, preserve and promote the musical cultures of the Gulf region including Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas, as well as the Caribbean, Latin America and the Africa. If you’ve ever been to New Orleans, the Gulf Coast or attended a music festival or concert, you have been touched by this important musical and cultural history that Music Rising is protecting, preserving and rebuilding. It’s 100% uniquely American, created jazz and has influenced everything from blues to rock ‘n’ roll.