Who We Are:
The roots of the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO) lie in a September 2012 meeting called by musician Kermit Ruffins in order to address a crackdown on small New Orleans music venues leading up to New Orleans hosting Super Bowl XLVII. At this meeting, it was clear that the problems extended far beyond the silencing of a few music clubs. Complaints included an unclear permitting process, inconsistent enforcement, an overly restrictive zoning ordinance, police harassment of brass bands and street musicians, widespread economic instability and disenfranchisement of the cultural community, and many more. It became obvious that the problem was systemic—and many problems have existed for decades. Realizing that such a broad range of topics could not be adequately resolved in even several such meetings, participants continued to meet and work towards solutions, resulting in the formation of MaCCNO. Now, almost 5 years later, our membership base is very broad—participants include musicians (ranging from the world famous to those just working for tips), street performers, venue owners and their staff, artists, lawyers and other advocates, craft-makers, traditional culture bearers, small-business owners, urban planners, and concerned citizens. Everyone is welcome to join and participate. We work to create a more ‘culture friendly’ New Orleans through a combination of coalition building, organizing, education, advocacy and mediation.
The Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans is a registered 501c3 non-profit corporation, and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.