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Gigs on the Rise

Sweet Home New Orleans (SHNO) has released its State of the New Orleans Music Community Report. This is SHNO's second annual examination of the New Orleans'
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Sweet Home New Orleans (SHNO) has released its “State of the New Orleans Music Community Report.” This is SHNO's second annual examination of the New Orleans' music community based on data collected by providing services to its constituents. As of August 29, 2009, the organization has distributed more than $2.5 million directly to more than 2,500 of New Orleans' cultural tradition-bearers, which includes musicians. As the graph below shows, the dramatic decrease in paying audiences following Hurricane Katrina has devastated musicians' earnings, though SHNO clients have reported incremental improvements after receiving support from these programs. Pay per gig declined drastically after Katrina; it has recovered since SHNO did its initial intake.