Mission

We improve the lives of underserved musicians with pro bono CPA tax service and instruction on the tax implications of the music business. We do this to help preserve New Orleans’ beloved jazz and blues.

History

Harmony Street Society was formed in 2021 in response to requests from health care and social service workers assisting New Orleans musicians, who confronted with an impasse they could not overcome, the mental anguish caused by severe tax issues and other financial hardships. They knew this anguish impacts their physical health. About six months after Harmony Street Society began its work, these same health care providers saw profound changes in their patient’s overall health. They began making all their appointments, followed doctor’s orders, and had an improved outlook on life. Harmony Street does this work pro bono, and we do it to preserve New Orleans’ music. Please donate to Harmony Street directly or sponsor a musician.

Meet Our Team

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.

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.

Zach Danner

Mentor / Advisor

Zach brings deep fundraising expertise in foundation and corporate relations, prospect strategy, and research. Zach has an established record of enhancing development operations and raising major gifts for a myriad of educational, research, and community-focused initiatives.

Over the course of his career, Zach has served as Development Director for the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation, raised major gifts at Tulane University’s o􀆯ice of Corporate and Foundation Relations, and directed prospect strategy and management o􀆯ices at Duke University, Nova Southeastern University, and Teach for America. He is a graduate of Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business.

An avid live music fan, Zach enjoys spending his free time paying his respects to our treasured local culture bearers at our city’s cherished music venues and festivals.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility are fundamental values that guide Harmony Street Society. Based on the nature of our work, we foster a workplace, a community, and a service where every individual is respected, valued, and provided with equal opportunities and access to government programs they deserve but have been left out. We create an inclusive environment that embraces diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and abilities and ensuring accessibility for all. Our commitment to DEIA is an integral part of our purpose to promote a culture of fairness, belonging, and innovation.

News

In the city that care forgot, you gotta remember to do your taxes.

In the city that care forgot, you gotta remember to do your taxes. And for a musician that can be an extra burden. We at the Harmony street foundation are a non/profit created to help musicians with their filings.

 

Latest Newsletter

  • Harmony's Tax Tuneup

    May 2024 | Volume 1.2

    Call to Action. Pay estimated taxes. How to sign up for IRS/LDR accounts. Cash envelope for taxes.

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