Through the end of 2023, the Foundation has given grants to 221 artists in fifteen rounds of Grant funding and was also the recipient of a grant to help produce the musical adaptation of Dan Baum’s book ‘Nine Lives’, a project by Paul Sanchez and Coleman DeKay. A total of over $825,000 has been rewarded in our history through grants, donations and special programs.
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2023 Round 15 Grant Recipients
Renée Gros is an emerging singer and songwriter born, raised, & based in New Orleans, LA. Known for her powerfully soulful voice, Renée’s performances have captivated audiences on stages in her hometown and across the country, including the world famous Tipitina’s, House of Blues Chicago, and Chickie Wah Wah. She has been selected to receive a 2023 Threadhead Cultural Foundation Grant Award to record her debut, full-length LP. The album will be a collection of entirely original music, written by herself and her collaborator, Brazilian-born singer/songwriter, Tiago Guy. The album will be co-produced by Gros herself, Guy, and GRAMMY®-winning vocalist, keyboardist and studio musician, Nigel Hall, and will feature some of New Orleans’ finest musicians. For more on Renée go to www.reneegros.com
Art Camp 504
Art Camp 504 is a student-run art studio offering year-round workshops for passionate young artists. From Art Camp 504: We enable students to lead their own creative journey through choice and exploration, guided by professional artists. Our Rising Artists Scholarship Program provides income based financial aid for families in need. Programs include Summer Camp, Holiday Breaks, and After School Classes. We serve ages 7-14 at our partner venue: the Tigermen Den in the Bywater. We foster a diverse and inclusive environment, welcoming all pronouns, races, cultures, genders, and religious affiliations. Art Camp 504 is a 501(c3) non-profit organization serving the New Orleans community. To learn more about Art Camp 504 go to www.artcamp504.org
In collaboration with the Threadhead Foundation, Mia Borders will release a new album of original music will celebrate the culture and soul of New Orleans. Drawing from her own multicultural background, this collection will be deeply infused with New Orleans funk, latin bass, classic soul, West African polyrhythms, and more. A portion of the proceeds from the album will go to The Borders Foundation – a local non-profit that seeks to elevate the art of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and female-identifying creatives. For more on Mia Borders go to www.miaborders.com
Sweet Magnolia Brass Band
Sweet Magnolia Brass Band is excited to complete their first full-length album, Miss Missed Connection. Earnest, bold, and fiercely feminine, the album, Miss Missed Connection, tells stories of missed connections but celebrates that there is romance to the struggle of connecting, laughter with the grind, and definitely music to be heard in the low and high seasons of life. There are upbeat songs about missed loves, missed friendships, and even missed alter-egos. With a little nod to some New Orleans brass band conventions, such as opening tuba bass lines, horn solo backgrounds, and counterpart horn solos, Sweet Magnolia continues to blend the genres of a powerhouse brass band with the forms and earworms of pop music. The band is extremely grateful to The Threadhead Cultural Foundation for making this album possible and their support. Thank you Threadheads for all of your generosity and work keeping our music culture rich and alive! For more on all things Sweet Magnolia, check out https://linktr.ee/sweetmagnoliabrassband.
Los Güiros is a NOLA-based Psychadelic Cumbia band that has quickly become one of the most recognizable and original groups in the local Latin Music scene. Due to busy performance schedules and financial constraints, Los Güiros has only been able to release their first single “Cumbia Mezcal” in July ’22. However, the band has seven more original songs and is ready to record a full-length debut album! The Threadhead Cultural Foundation Grant will allow the band to take this long-anticipated project over the finish line, with a proper release that will not only make the record a local success but be a great example to the world of what New Orleans can offer to the Latin Music community. For more info check out www.losguiros.com