MusiCares announced that MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief Fund — Phase Two will provide additional support to Nashville flood victims in need, including funding for items such as relocation costs and other expenses associated with returning to their original residence or a new residence.
The Recording Academy and MusiCares established the MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief Fund in immediate response to the devastating and profoundly life-altering effects of the floods that unexpectedly hit Nashville and its surrounding areas in May 2010. Several months after the initial floods, many music people in the Nashville community still need significant help related to the loss they experienced.
"MusiCares is grateful to be a lifeline of resources for members of the Nashville music community still feeling the effects of the floods," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares. "We are steadfast in our support and truly thankful to all of our supporters, who are equally committed to providing resources to music people in need."
"Once again, MusiCares has benefitted from the generosity that is at the core of the music community," said Paul Caine, MusiCares Board Chair. "This charitable philosophy allows us to quickly put resources in the hands of those who need our help, and continue to address their needs."
Several music industry friends and partners have joined MusiCares' Nashville Flood Relief efforts.
In partnership with the Gibson Foundation through its Music Rising initiative, MusiCares has helped hundreds of musicians replace lost or damaged instruments and gear. Music Rising, founded in 2005 by U2's the Edge, producer Bob Ezrin and Gibson Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, has served thousands of musicians, students, church members, and recipients in regaining their livelihood, music education and other important community-wide programs.
In partnership with ACM Lifting Lives, the Temporary Home Fund has provided critical funds to music people who have been displaced by the flood for housing needs.
Beginning on Oct. 12, charitable initiative NASH20 auctioned items donated by artists such as Steve Earle, Peter Frampton, Vince Gill, John Hiatt, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban, among others to fans, collectors and contributors across the country and around the world.
These and countless other acts of generosity are helping those in need in Nashville.
MusiCares has raised approximately $1 million and provided assistance and support to more than 250 music people in need. Funds were distributed within 48–72 hours of the floods, covering the most immediate and basic needs, including food and clothing, gasoline and transportation, clean-up efforts, relocation costs, medicine, and other critical supplies. Through the Gibson Foundation, Music Rising has contributed $250,000 toward this cause.
To apply for Phase Two funding assistance, contact MusiCares' South Regional office at 615.327.0050, or toll-free at 877.626.2748. Resources for flood victims are listed online at www.musicares.com/NashvilleFloodRelief.