Award Presented at International Folk Music Awards in New Orleans 

NEW ORLEANS, LA – This evening, the voting membership of Folk Alliance International (FAI) selected Preservation Hall to receive its Lifetime Achievement Award (LAA) in recognition of the historic venue’s invaluable cultural work and legacy.

The LAA, the Alliance’s highest honor, was presented at the International Folk Music Awards during the opening night of the 32nd Annual Folk Alliance International Conference in New Orleans. Past recipients in this category include Smithsonian Folkways, Sing Out! Magazine and The Newport Festival.

“Preservation Hall and our Collective of musicians could not be more grateful to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from Folk Alliance International (FAI). We are very proud of what my parents Sandra and Allan Jaffe created 59 years ago and what generations of musicians, from "Sweet" Emma Barrett to Charlie Gabriel, have upheld as a unique and sacred place for New Orleans music and culture,” Preservation Hall Creative Director Ben Jaffe said. “Our sincere appreciation goes to the Alliance for this honor and our love goes out to every musician, staff member and visitor that have shared their passion for Preservation Hall.”

Additional award winners announced this evening include BeauSoleil (Living Artist LAA), Mahalia Jackson (Legacy Artist) and Ani DiFranco (People’s Voice).


About Preservation Hall

New Orleans’ Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to honor one of America’s truest art forms – Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Operating as a music venue, a touring band, and a non-profit organization, Preservation Hall continues its mission today as a cornerstone of New Orleans music and culture.

About Preservation Hall Foundation

Launched in 2011, the Preservation Hall Foundation protects, preserves, and perpetuates the musical traditions and heritage of New Orleans. Through music education, outreach, historical archiving, and support for our musical collective, the Preservation Hall Foundation strives to create greater awareness and appreciation for Traditional New Orleans Jazz and the communities that support it.