MusiCares has announced the establishment of a fund to support members of the music community affected by the recent devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The MusiCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund has been set up to provide quick help for music people in crisis. Assistance includes basic living expenses such as shelter, food, utilities, and transportation; medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills, and medications; clothing; instrument and recording equipment replacement; relocation costs; home repairs; debris removal; and more.
"Hurricane Sandy has been devastating and life-altering for its victims, their families and their communities," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares. "As we demonstrated with our rapid and effective responses to natural disasters ranging from Hurricane Katrina to the Nashville flood, MusiCares is able to take action to provide immediate assistance to members of our music family in times of crisis. This instance is no different, and MusiCares' safety net of resources really mirrors the generosity of the music industry at large."
Music people seeking assistance and individuals interested in supporting MusiCares' relief efforts should visit MusiCares.org, where they can find a downloadable application, toll-free contact number, a list of other resources, and a donation link.
Throughout the year, the MusiCares Foundation offers programs and services to members of the music community including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with healthcare professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings.