Al Berard Memorial Music
the Tipitina’s Music Office Cooperative in Lafayette
Lafayette, LA – The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, a fund at
Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), recently granted $1,500 to the Tipitina’s
Foundation Inc. for the Tipitina’s Music Office Cooperative in Lafayette.
The grant will be used
to upgrade equipment and computers at the facility and allow the Co-Op to offer
access to different resources that it hasn’t been able to offer before. Chad
Fouquier, manager of the Lafayette Music Co-Op Office, said, "We can't begin to
express our gratitude enough to the Al
Berard Memorial Music Fund for its contribution to the music community. Al
was a great man, always eager to encourage up and coming musicians, and this is
an amazing way to honor his legacy."
The Co-Op helps local
musicians of all ages by providing practice space, demo recording space,
workshops on a variety of topics centering around the Music Business, pro bono
legal services, as well as one-on-one tutorials on a variety of topics such as
copyright, business management, and recording techniques. The Co-Op welcomes
anyone in the Acadiana area, as well as statewide, to become a member.
Funds for the grant were
raised from the Al Berard Music Festival
which was held last November at the Henry Guidry Memorial Park in Henderson, LA.
Fund owner and daughter of Al Berard, Laura Huval, said, "The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund supports
music education initiatives across Acadiana. It is important for us to
help encourage students’ musical abilities through various organizations and
The Al Berard
Memorial Music Fund promotes Acadiana's unique musical culture by providing
instruments, master teachers and music scholarships to students of all ages.
The fund honors the life of the late Cajun musician, Al Berard, who was a
pillar of his community and a mentor for music lovers everywhere. His passion
was to teach everyone he met about his love for music and for the Cajun/Creole
The Al Berard
Memorial Music Fund was established by the Berard Family to honor Al
Berard’s legacy. All gifts to the fund are tax-deductible. Please make checks
payable to Community Foundation of Acadiana with "Al Berard Memorial Fund”
in the memo and mail to 1035 Camellia Blvd., Ste. 100, Lafayette, LA 70508.
For more information about the Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, please visit www.alberard.com.
For more information regarding Community Foundation of Acadiana, or to learn
how you can establish your own fund, please contact Erin Winder at 337.769.4842.