Tipitina's Foundation – NOLA Music Office Co-Op | Fall Fundraiser 2011
Auction Ends: Sep 1, 2011 09:00 PM CDT

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Tipitina's Foundation's Music Office Co-Op | Fall Fundraiser 2011 is now open. The auction will run from August 19, 2011 to September 1, 2011, with proceeds going to Tipitina's Foundation in order to support our vital Music Office Co-Op Program. Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways to movie memorabilia to unique New Orleans items. So, tell your friends, family, community. Let the bidding begin!

Tipitina's Foundation has four Music Office Co-Ops statewide, New Orleans was the first.  The home of many great musicians, many struggling to make a living, the story of this particular Co-op is an inspiring one.

Opened officially in early 2004, the Co-Op was housed on the ground floor of a building on Tulane Ave in the Mid-City section of New Orleans.  A little over a year and a half later, the area took on 4-8 feet of water after Katrina had passed and the Federal levees failed.  The founders/owners and staff of Tipitina's/Tipitina's Foundation couldn't let the musicians down and soon set up shop above the Tipitina's music venue at 501 Napoleon Ave, which sustained little damage and took on no water.

It was there that the Co-Op served as a crossroads, a meeting place, and a place for artistic salvation.  Mark Fowler, who is still the Co-Op Manager to this day, remembers exactly how meaningful and necessary that effort was to the music of the Crescent City.  The Co-Op functioned as a virtual message board for displaced musicians seeking a way home and a way back to making music.  Computers connected people to family members and resources, instruments were given out (pictured, Susan Cowsill & Russ Broussard get new instruments), and information and assistance was provided to anyone that needed it.

Now, over seven years from the start, six from The Storm, the New Orleans Music Office Co-Op, as well as our three others, is still providing many of these same services.  We also offer legal help, a small recording studio, and web and design services.  We at Tipitina's Foundation are dedicated to keeping this vital service alive in this city that lives and breathes music.  But we need your help.  Our computers are outdated, some nearly eight years old, and our equipment is showing the signs of wear and tear from the passing years.  We hope that you will help us help the hard-working musicians of New Orleans, of Louisiana, and keep music alive and a viable means of making a living down here on the Third Coast.

Make Your Bid to Support Our Music Office Co-Ops!

Now is your chance to not only get all the great items you want, but to do it knowing you are helping support our organization and mission.

Tipitina's Music Office Co-Ops has four offices in the state of Louisiana that provide a fully-equipped work space for musicians, filmmakers, and other digital media professionals. For those who can't afford, or don't otherwise have access to them, the Co-Ops offer:
  • Fast Windows XP and Mac  computers
  • High-speed Internet connections
  • Laser printer and scanner
  • Telephones and fax
  • Page layout tools
  • Web design tools
  • Presonus Studio One, Digidesign Pro Tools and Apple Garageband audio software
  • Apple Final Cut Pro video editing
  • A clean, well-lit, ergonomic work space
  • Tutorials on basic computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets, page layout, web design, and press kit creation.

Plus on-site technical support, volunteer production assistance, access to our network of music business professionals, and an ever-growing library of specialized information resources.

Coming Soon to Our Auction...

Keep checking back!  We'll be adding new items in the next few days!

Get ready to point, click and bid!

One of the best things about participating is what you get when you give. All you have to do is point, click and bid! From great electronics gear to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, this is the place to get in on all the online auction action!