In 1989, the Jazz Foundation of America is founded in New York by Dr. Billy Taylor, Phoebe Jacobs, Ann Ruckert, Cy Blank, and Herb Storfer. After the original Jazz Museum in New York City had lost its space and was shut down, this group came together to start an organization to preserve and promote the legacy of jazz. Changes in the music industry have left many behind including underground legends, session players and even the big names themselves. When age, illness, or disaster threatens a long career, many have nowhere to turn. These musicians have been saving us with their music our entire lives. These are dignified people who never think to ask for help. Our lifesaving programs turn despair into hope: Emergency Assistance, Creating Work Opportunities; Connecting with the Community.