As COVID-19 continues to strain the music industry, The Recording Academy and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares have stepped in to make a difference. The two organizations announced the establishment of the COVID-19 Relief Fund, helping industry members affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Many artists have had to cancel and postpone shows, even entire tours.
According to the announcement, MusiCares will be administering the fund, supporting those in the music community with the greatest need. Beyond the original $2 million contribution, all Recording Academy Chapters will be fundraising in their local communities as well.
In a statement on their website, Recording Academy chair and Interim CEO Harvey Mason Jr. asked the community to support musicians, artists, and professionals in the industry. “Event cancellations are at unprecedented levels and the situation, therefore, requires an unprecedented response,” Mason said. “Many people in the industry are now in crisis, not knowing what the future holds or having to deal with dire commercial realities.”
MusiCares chair Steve Boom also touched on the importance of generosity during these trying times. “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,” he said.
For more information on the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, visit grammy.com/musicares/get-help/musicares-coronavirus-relief-fund.