Harmony Street Society is a 501c3 non-profit foundation that provides tax compliance and many other services to musicians. Our CPA provides personalized expert consultation, assessment, and resolution of financial issues for participants at no cost to them.

Meet the Staff and Board

Alison Edmonson, CPA

Secretary / Treasurer

Alison leads our tax compliance program. In addition, she is our Secretary / Treasurer. Alison has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and 20 years of experience in tax including work at Postlethwaite and Netterville, and Turbo Tax where she consistently was ranked in the top 2.5% of tax advisors at Intuit.

Jim Edmonson

President / CEO

Jim manages day-to-day operations for Harmony Street. He is our President / CEO. Jim holds a Master of Arts in planning and has 40 years of experience managing non-profits in Louisiana, Michigan, and New York. In addition to operations, he has experience creating and funding 501c3 and 501c6 non-profits resulting in the creation of $1.5 billion in new capital investment and 6,958 new jobs. He also applied for, was awarded, and administered $110 million in grant funds; and raised $95.5 million in public and private funds.

Gregg Stafford

Mentor / Advisor

Gregg is a musician and Director of Harmony Street. He is our mentor and advisor. Gregg is one of the Crescent City’s most talented, deeply-rooted, and musically-committed trumpeters and vocalists — the kind of performer whose rich mix of passion, expertise, energy, and sense of humor always makes for good listening and happy audiences.

Stafford is also one of the founders of the Black Men of Labor organization, which is dedicated to keeping traditional brass band music on the streets of New Orleans; the leader of the Young Tuxedo Brass Band for over 25 years; a Preservation Hall Master Practitioner; and a long-time colleague of Dr. Michael White’s in the Original Liberty Jazz Band.