MusiCares Set Up COVID-19 Relief Fund For Music Industry Members
They’re Now Accepting Applications
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, The Recording Academy along with its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares have set up a $2 million COVID-19 Relief Fund for their peers in the music industry in need of financial assistance. With the cancellation of tours and major events & festivals, thousands of livelihood have been affected. It’s not just the musicians themselves but also tour managers, production managers, and sound technicians to name a few.
Music industry professionals can apply for a maximum of $1,000 – but the grant amount will be evaluated once they get additional funding. Application requirements include proof of cancellations or bookings, and a copy of the lease agreement or mortgage statement complete with the applicant’s name, account numbers, and vendor address.
Recording Academy Chair and Interim CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said in a statement: “Event cancellations are at unprecedented levels and the situation, therefore, requires an unprecedented response. 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 then 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.”