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FRIDAY JULY 26, 2019
“Here’s a guy who is a founding member of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers,one of the biggest rock and roll bands in the world. That would be enough for most folks, right? But Benmont might just be the most restless, searching musician I know. It's like his life has been an immersion program in music. At their invitation, he's been in the room with legends from every generation, playing his ass off, learning everything he can from every player he meets. And, believe me, it's all stored in his mind, ready to come out his fingertips. He turns up everywhere . . . and when he does, things always get more musical.”
– Don Was
Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Benmont to support Tipitina’s Foundation. This donation will enable the Foundation to continue their youth music intern program – a program which has successfully equipped the musicians of tomorrow with the skill set and support needed for a music career.
Quote from Sandra Benenate, Interim Director
With the generous support of the Benmont Tench and Newport Festivals Foundation, the Tipitina's Foundation is able to provide a higher level of music education for the youth of New Orleans. This education is setting the groundwork for a group of students, that would not has access to these tools due to a lack of funds or exposure to our programs.