MusiCares, Recording Academy Donate $2M To Establish COVID-19 Musician’s Relief Fund

The Recording Academy and its charitable foundation MusiCares have established as special COVID-19 Relief Fund to help musicians and others in music industry affected by the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent cancellation of live concerts.

“From hotel and bar gigs to major music festivals, COVID-19 is deeply impacting live music events, and the creative community behind it all,” the Academy acknowledged in a statement.

Administered through MusiCares, the COVID-19 Fund will be used to directly support those in the music community with the greatest need.

To establish the fund, both the Recording Academy and MusiCares have donated $1 million each and are calling on others in the music industry to contribute.

All Recording Academy Chapters have also committed to fundraise in their local communities.

“Event cancellations are at unprecedented levels and the situation, therefore, requires an unprecedented response,” said Harvey Mason jr., Chair and Interim CEO of the Recording Academy, in a statement. “Many people in the industry are now in crisis, not knowing what the future holds or having to deal with dire commercial realities. We are asking the entire industry to stand with us to support the musicians, artists and professionals who are the bedrock and the future of our music community.”

“It’s in times like these that many of us turn to music. Music can help us cope, and has the power to bring us together during a time when many of us might feel isolated. We encourage people everywhere to embrace the music industry which needs our help in these uncertain times.”

MusiCares chair Steve Boom added, “The music industry is built on the work of musicians, artists, and music professionals. It is in times like these, that the industry needs to come together to support those who are struggling, particularly those who rely on touring incomes to survive. We know this fund will need to be significant. We will not be able to do it alone, and that’s why we are asking the entire music community including labels, streaming services, and anyone who is able to join us in this important effort. We’re all in when the good times roll, and it’s important that we’re all in when times are tough, too.”


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