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Music for Mental Health

2020 Music for Mental Health Benefit Concert

On Saturday, September 26th, six New Orleans-based artists will align for the 4th Annual Music for Mental Health Benefit Concert, presented by the Brett Thomas Doussan (BTD) Foundation.

This year’s concert features Leyla McCalla, Pell, People Museum’s Claire Givens & Jeremy Phipps, and Tank & the Bangas’ Tank Ball + special guest, and is hosted by founder Kathryn Rose Wood.

Similar to past years, this year’s concert will feature the artists engaging in intimate, stripped-down song-and-storytelling performances, but with a new twist: through livestream, direct to the viewer’s home.

The event will go live beginning at 7:30 pm (CST) until 9:00 pm (CST) via the BTD Foundation’s Facebook Live stream.

Viewers can tune in at and, though free, may choose to donate to the Foundation through advertised electronic mediums of PayPal by sending to, and Venmo at @btdfoundationorg


You can help those struggling with mental illness!

All proceeds go directly to mental health services across Greater New Orleans. There is no better time to support mental health than now. In the wake of the COVID pandemic, quarantining and social distancing, people are suffering. With the love of music and people like you, we can make a difference together and perhaps save a life.

No donation is too small, no donation is too big, Please donate by clicking below or through Venmo at @btdfoundationorg.

What is Music for Mental Health?

Music for Mental Health is an annual concert founded in commemoration of September’s National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

With music at the helm of the concert’s communication, the concert was launched in 2017 to create a space for individuals who might not normally want to attend an explicitly-mental health-based event or feel comfortable discussing their own mental health concerns.

By bringing together a diverse variety of well-known musicians to bring attention to the often taboo topic of mental health, the concert has become an annual space for listeners to find peace in the artists’ music and stories while connecting with their community through the shared love of music.

Past installments of the benefit have seen performers dig into personal experiences with mental illness, and sharing music related to their respective mental well-being journeys.