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Annual Fundraiser

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MONUMENTAL: Airlift's Community Benefit & Fundraiser

After debating in the wake of Ida about whether to do a fundraiser at all, but also enduring many of the same challenges that Covid has wrought on many in the last 18 months, New Orleans Airlift has decided to present its annual fundraiser with a twist. It is a time of monumental need and monumental change. We are all called to provide monumental love and support through multiple mutual aid and hands-on restoration projects. In the spirit of this moment of deep interconnectedness, please join us November 19 for a night of tribute to folks working for a better world, and supporting Airlift and Music Box Village as well.

Airlift’s work is noteworthy for our commitment to collaboration and resource-sharing. With this event, we are extending this notion to our patronage circles by sharing 50% of the night’s proceeds with two organizations we believe in deeply: Backstreet Cultural Museum and Another Gulf is Possible. We are also inviting leaders from over a dozen other organizations who are doing important work across diverse sectors in our region to join us as special guests at the event. To encourage community collaboration and rethink how the non-profit sector shares resources, we want to introduce and engage people we believe in to our patrons, donors, staff and board.

Highlights of the night include an address from activist and special guest Gary Chambers, a unique performance by Spirit McIntyre, first-time collaboration by Pell and Ha Sizzle, Preservation Hall with 79’rs Gang, Congolese master drummer Papa Titos Sompa, the debut of a new work by Nic Brierre Aziz, “Have a Great Day” guy Joshua Starkman, and a dance party DJ’d by 8th Ward native Qbaby (fka DJ Q).

Tickets include open bar, passed apps and food stations provided by Columns, Two Brothers One Love, Cafe Reconcile and ReBorne Bakery.

Ticket donation levels reflect our ongoing approach to making events more broadly accessible. Multiple pay-what-you-can options will provide the possibility for inviting special guests at no cost and providing a reasonably priced ticket option. We trust our community to pay what they can whether that means choosing an affordable ticket or paying more to help subsidize the entry of others. Everyone gets the same experience because everyone’s a VIP to us!

Tickets starting at $75 - $400 (Pay It Forward).

This event is generously sponsored by Rachel Bailey, Goldring Family Foundation, Columns, Reborne Bakery and True Value Rentals.

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Individual Giving

Support New Orleans Airlift, an artist-driven 501c3 non-profit organization, and its flagship project the Music Box Village in any amount, year-round. Your gift directly supports our ongoing mission to collaborate to inspire wonder, connect communities, and foster opportunities through arts education and the creation of experimental public artwork and performances.

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Sponsor an Event

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Support One-of-a-Kind Airlift Programming

Every event we curate, whether onsite at the Music Box Village or offsite in the community, draws diverse audiences for experiences like no other. Sponsor a program and connect with our supportive and enthusiastic community. Sponsorship levels vary.

Contact Jay Pennington Jay@neworleansairlift.org for more information about sponsoring an event at the Music Box.

Corporate Support

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    Images from Airlift's "Upstairs at the Wax Museum" created for Microsoft's 1MSQFT initiative and the MOTHER agency.

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    Images from Airlift's "Upstairs at the Wax Museum" created for Microsoft's 1MSQFT initiative and the MOTHER agency.

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    Images from Airlift's "Upstairs at the Wax Museum" created for Microsoft's 1MSQFT initiative and the MOTHER agency.

New Orleans Airlift curates spectacular, experiential events for corporate partners in and outside of the Music Box Village. Our ongoing work with experimental artists and radical culture bearers aims to build collaborative "bridges" within New Orleans and across the world.

The Music Box Village is a place of wonder for our guests and we can share this same energy with your corporate events and branded activations. Programming in the Village accounts for over 12,000 visitors a year, and partnership or sponsorship through your organization can help to connect our loyal patrons to your mission.

Our Clients

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Microsoft

Airlift was approached by 1MSQFT–Microsoft’s One Million Square Feet of Culture initiative to create two different spectacles celebrating local culture and underground art. Upstairs at the Wax Museum brought together luminaries from the world of Vogue and New Orleans Bounce for a never before seen competitive ball event. Rally Under the Bridge celebrated mobile culture of all kinds: car clubs, tall bikes, urban cowboys, and many more.

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Red Bull

Red Bull has sponsored Airlift programming in and outside of the Music Box Village. They contributed product and financial support to the Snow Ball, a wintery celebration riffing on everything from ice skating routines, to Nutcracker ballerinas, to solstice rituals, and Santa himself. Red Bull also supported Porch Life: Detroit at Dabls's African Bead Museum, and are actively working with Airlift on future touring and fabrication jobs.

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Google & Good Magazine

Music Box Village was the site of one of Google's Good Fest events in December 2016. The music festival was comprised of a series of concerts live-streamed for audiences around the world. Gogol Bordello and Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) performed four sets of composed and improvised material on the musical houses over two nights.

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Kickstarter & The Creative Independent

Airlift partnered with Kickstarter and The Creative Independent to bring Porch Life to Coney Island, NYC for two days of performances and public play on the structure. Situated between two iconic landmarks, the Wonder Wheel and Nathan's Deli, Porch Life drew hundreds of curious visitors who were new to the concept of "musical architecture."

Funders List

MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS

  • THOMAS COLEMAN
  • SUSAN BRENNAN
  • PAIGE ROYER & KERRY CLAYTON
  • BLUE SKY FUND
  • MATT & CHRISTA SCHWARTZ
  • BRYAN BAILEY
  • ANN BURR
  • MAC & ELLEN BALL
  • NELS CLINE
  • RANDY FERTEL
  • ALAN FRANCO
  • TINA FREEMAN
  • TG HARRINGTON
  • CHRIS PAPAMICHAEL
  • WILL SIBBALD
  • MIKE & AIMEE SIEGEL
  • DAVID WORKMAN
  • CHRISTA & WAYNE PAYNE
  • STACY HOOVER
  • LIZ SLOSS
  • DEBORAH VALENTINE

SUPPORTING FOUNDATIONS

  • NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
  • SMITHSONIAN ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN CENTER
  • THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
  • THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY/UKRAINE
  • NEW MUSIC USA
  • MAP FUND
  • ARTS COUNCIL OF NEW ORLEANS
  • NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FOUNDATION
  • LOUISIANA DIVISION OF THE ARTS
  • THE EUGENIE JONES FOUNDATION
  • SELLEY FOUNDATION
  • RUTH FERTEL FOUNDATION
  • ROSA MARY FOUNDATION
  • AZBY FOUNDATION
  • ELLA WEST FOUNDATION
  • BLACK ROCK ARTS FOUNDATION
  • BURNING MAN GLOBAL ARTS
  • GOLDRING FAMILY FOUNDATION
  • EMERGING PHILANTHROPISTS OF NEW ORLEANS
  • SHREVEPORT ARTS COUNCIL
  • GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
  • MASS MOCA
  • SHARJAH ART FOUNDATION

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

  • GOOGLE
  • MICROSOFT
  • REDBULL
  • GOOD MAGAZINE
  • KICKSTARTER / THE CREATIVE INDEPENDENT
  • GUAYAKI
  • SENTRĒ SOUND
  • PALMISANO GROUP
  • FELICITY PROPERTY CO.
  • DOMAIN COMPANIES
  • WOODWARD DESIGN + BUILD
  • WOODS MATERIALS
  • BERNHARD MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS
  • THE GREEN PROJECT
  • ACE HOTEL
  • PETER AND PAUL HOTEL
  • TRUE SOUTH NOLA
  • BAYOU TECHE
  • HAVANA OUTPOST / SEAN MEENAN
  • MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW ART
  • TOURISTS
  • H & E RENTALS
  • WWOZ NEW ORLEANS 90.7FM
  • WWNO 89.9 FM