Musicians Lifeline, Inc.

In Memoriam – Jimmy B Biggins

The Board of Directors was saddened to learn that saxophonist Jimmy B Biggins had passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018.  Jimmy grew up in Ohio and moved to New England to attend the Berklee College of Music.

Connecticut became Jimmy’s home and many of us had known Jimmy for years.

His working career was spent entertaining as a professional tenor saxophonist. Jimmy played both locally and internationally with many musicians. Many enduring friendships were made through his music.

He enjoyed playing for charity benefits especially at Christmas time for homeless children. If you didn’t know Jimmy personally, you probably heard him play with many groups.

Jimmy’s friends have started a GoFundMe page for his wife, Kathie.  As of June 30, they’ve raised about half of their $10,000 goal.

https://www.gofundme.com/coming-together-for-kathie

As you are probably aware, this world was made a much sadder place with the loss of sax great, Jimmy Biggins on Monday night 6/4/18.

To make a sad situation even more painful, Jimmy’s life-long soulmate and wife Kathie has been suffering from Ataxia for the last few years, a rare and debilitating disease that affects fewer then 200,000 people. Jimmy was not only her primary caregiver, he was also the sole breadwinner.

Kathie needs our help! In honor of our sweet and amazing friend Jimmy we have set up a Go Fund Me to help her out. We know that money can be tight for all of us, but every little bit helps. Please donate as much as you can!

 

How We Started

 

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to help someone in need get medical attention, early on, before it was too late to count?

A “rainy day fund” to pay for an early consultation, or test, or cover the rent while someone makes that recovery?

Raising the money in advance of need is how this all started in 2010, when the Southern New England Musicians Fund, Inc. was founded, with the goal of providing “Benefits For Those Without Benefits.

The organization defined our primary area of focus upon musicians who were struggling with health related problems, without medical benefits or disability insurance.

In October of 2014, with the adoption of by-laws and a name change to Musicians Lifeline, Inc., the Organization was granted IRS 501 (C) (3) status. We believe that great things are possible for those we help, because of our IRS status.

 

What We Do

 

Musicians Lifeline, Inc. provides assistance to New England region music industry professionals who are struggling to maintain their livelihood because of illness, disability, age, or unemployment. We also seek to educate the public on the importance of musicians in our community and the struggles they sometimes face to make ends meet.

The Officers and Directors of Musicians Lifeline, Inc. receive no compensation for their Board activities. In addition, the Officers, Directors and their families cannot receive benefits from Musicians Lifeline, Inc.

 

Your Donations Are Appreciated

 

Your contributions will help to pay for medical expenses, housing, food, utilities and other expenses such as program services and counseling.

We appreciate all donations and want you to know that your donation will make a difference.

  • Your support for local music professionals shows your appreciation of music and the people who make it accessible for you.
  • Your support shows your involvement with the community and the positive values associated with music.
  • Your donations may be totally, or partially deductible based on our 501 (C) (3) status under our taxpayer EIN, which will be printed on your donation receipt.