MusiCares® announced today the establishment of a relief fund to support members of the music community affected by the recent devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Assistance includes basic living expenses such as shelter, food, utilities, and transportation; medical expenses, including doctor and hospital bills, and medications; clothing; instrument and recording equipment replacement; relocation costs; home repairs; debris removal; and more. To donate to the fund, visit www.grammy.com/musicares/donations and choose "Hurricane Relief" in the gift designation drop-down menu.
Music people seeking assistance can contact the South Regional MusiCares office at 615.327.0050 or toll-free at 877.626.2748 or apply online at www.grammy.com/sites/com/files/mc_disaster_relief_app.pdf. MusiCares' services are completely confidential.
"Now is a time when we must come together and take care of those who need help, as we are only just beginning to understand how life-altering Hurricane Harvey will be for its victims and their communities," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy™ and MusiCares. "It's important that we step up and support the creative community, and take action to provide immediate assistance to members of our music family."
The Recording Academy has also implemented a Hurricane Harvey employee donation program, which matches donations made by its staff dollar-for-dollar up to $20,000. Previous’ disaster relief efforts were also organized for victims of the Gulf and Nashville floods, as well as Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina.
A friend and ally of the music community, MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. A four-star charity and safety net in times of need, MusiCares offers confidential preventative, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues. Through the generosity of our donors and volunteer professionals, our dedicated team works across the country to ensure the music community has the resources and support it needs.