The NFL Players Association with the Professional Athletes Foundation (PAF) will contribute a donation to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) in the name of renowned jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard.


On Saturday, February 2, 2013 the donation will be presented to the Terence Blanchard & Robin Burgess Endowment for Jazz Studies at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts during the annual NFLPA Smocks & Jocks Jazz Brunch and Art Auction held at the Eiffel Society in New Orleans.


The culture of New Orleans is heavily integrated around the arts and the musical styling of jazz. During the Super Bowl weekend, the NFLPA will give back to the host city in efforts to keep the culture of the Crescent City alive for many years to come.


The donation reflects the NFLPA’s commitment to enrich and support art expression and creativity alongside a pioneer in music that has extended the boundary walls of jazz past the music industry and into millions of homes through film and theatre.


“The ability for an individual to transform their emotions and passions into something that can connect with people of all ages is truly remarkable,” said Andre Collins, NFLPA Director of Former Players. “Mr. Blanchard has used his talent to inspire the art community and prove that there are no limits to where art can take you in life. Supporting that mentality and the growth of that mentality in students is vital. Art plays a role in everyone’s life on a daily basis and must be preserved.”


The Terence Blanchard & Robin Burgess Endowment for Jazz Studies at NOCCA will assist in furthering the jazz studies program so that the next generation of great artists can rise, be supported and further their music and creativity like Blanchard. The New Orleans native has established himself as one of the most influential jazz musicians and film score leaders –a true jazz legend shaping modern jazz in today’s society and mentoring those in his path. To his credit, Blanchard is a five-time Grammy Award winner, Broadway and film composer and Golden Globe Award nominee who is currently at work on an opera, “Champion,” set to premiere in Summer 2013.


Grammy nominee Robin Burgess is president of Burgess Management, a firm devoted to the careers of recording and performing artists.  Since its creation in 1989, it has represented multiple Grammy nominees and winners, Emmy nominees, Golden Globe nominees, and has collaborated with many of today’s prominent figures in the music, film, and television industries.  Burgess has served as music coordinator on more than 41 films and documentaries, including Spike Lee’s Emmy Award winning HBO documentary, “When the Levees Broke.”


“The NFLPA is proud to be a part of the enhancement of artists within the community of New Orleans, Collins said. “We understand the importance of helping extraordinary individuals pursue their dreams and their livelihoods, whether it is a first career or a passion discovered later in life.”


About the NFL Players Association

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is a non-profit, professional sports union that protects the best interests and welfare of all NFL players.  It serves as the exclusive bargaining agent for all NFL players in collective bargaining.  Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests.  The NFLPA is governed by a Board of Player Representatives, acting in accordance with the NFLPA Constitution and federal labor laws. The NFLPA’s responsibilities include: Representing all players in matters concerning wages, hours and working conditions and protecting their rights as professional football players; ensuring that the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement are met; negotiating and monitoring retirement and insurance benefits; providing other member services and activities; providing assistance to charitable and community organizations; enhancing and defending the image of players and their profession, on and off the field. For more information, visit


About the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts is a pre-professional arts training conservatory that offers high school students instruction in culinary arts, dance, media arts, music, theatre arts, visual arts and creative writing. Since it was founded in 1973, NOCCA has been a premier institution devoted to burgeoning young talent.  NOCCA has graduated a multitude of influential artists across various fields, including Terence Blanchard, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., and Anthony Mackie. The key to their success comes from instilling discipline and responsibility into the students, preparing them for productive lives within or outside of careers in art. For more information about the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts please visit



Saturday, Feb. 2 (10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Eiffel Society, 240 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans 70130

The NFL Players Association will hold its annual art auction and jazz brunch, supporting the Gene Upshaw Player Assistance Trust and the Terence Blanchard & Robin Burgess Endowment for Jazz Studies at the New Orleans Center for Creative Artists.


Smocks & Jocks is a unique event where players can showcase their talents off the field to partners. Partners will learn firsthand about player’s involvement in art and music. Artwork from active and former players and others connected to professional football will be auctioned as part of the charity event.


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