Here's what we've done as a community to date:
Together, we've raised $2500.00 for a classy thank you ad that will appear in the June 28th Hollywood Reporter (ad to be online as soon as its approved by WB). The ad will make it clear our much we've valued the cast & crew of the series and its efforts to explore the underbelly of popular culture. Think about it. In less than a week, fans from all over the world raised the funds needed. More than 110 fans stepped up to make this happen!
In addition to raising awareness of a great show cut off before its prime, the ad also encourages support of THE TIPITINA'S FOUNDATION. Their mission is to rebuild the musical culture of New Orleans, still devastated by Katrina and ignored by those unaware of the value and importance New Orleans musicians have to culture and society. If you would like to donate to Tipitina's, they have created a donor page for Studio 60 fans at http://www.tipitinasfoundation.org/studio60. Please join us in helping these folks do everything they can to revive art for art's sake.
New Orleans Musicians featured on NBC's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
On December 4th 2006 the highly-acclaimed new television program "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" aired its Christmas episode, which featured a group of New Orleans musicians organized by the Tipitina's Foundation. On November 9th & 10th, 2006 foundation Executive Director Bill Taylor traveled with this all-star ensemble to the Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, CA, where they performed an original arrangement of "Oh Holy Night" for the show. Rising star Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews (pictured) was featured in a speaking role in a scene with show star Bradley Whitford. For more information on the show, which airs its season finale on June 28th, visit the Studio 60 website.
Over the days and weeks to come, we hope to move the conversation toward a focus on the necessity of art and its immeasurable value beyond the dollar or pound or Euro. Here's one great example of how Tipitina's is doing that:
Tipitina's Foundation rebuilding Fats Domino's House
The Tipitina's foundation is proudly rebuilding the home of Fats Domino. Watch a slideshow of the ongoing progress here.