The Recording Academy and MusiCares established the MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief Fund in response to the devastating and profoundly life-altering effects of the recent floods that unexpectedly hit Nashville and its surrounding areas.
Fundraising efforts officially kicked off at the 12th Annual GRAMMY Block Party on May 11, hosted by The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter, and 100 percent of every dollar raised is immediately being distributed to help those in the music community that are victims of the flood. Continued pledges of support can be made online, and $5 contributions may be made by texting "Music" to 20222. (Standard messaging rates may apply.)
"It is inspiring and gratifying to witness the generosity of spirit, support and resources that the music community has contributed in response to this tragedy," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares. "We are immensely proud to be the 'heart' of the music industry during this sobering moment, and we will continue to be there for those who require assistance for as long as the need remains."
"MusiCares, our corporate partners, and people from every corner of the music community are once again coming together to respond to an urgent need for help," said Paul Caine, MusiCares Board Chair. "It is a testament to the belief in giving back that is a hallmark of members of the music industry."
Several music industry friends and partners have joined MusiCares' Nashville flood relief efforts:
Guitar Center is partnering with MusiCares to assist the Nashville-area music community by offering discounts on replacement instruments and gear at their Nashville store. Additionally, donations can be made at any of Guitar Center's 214 stores nationwide, or at www.guitarcenter.com. Please contact MusiCares directly to apply for instrument replacement funds and access this discount.
Through its Music Rising initiative, Gibson Foundation has committed to making a $250,000 contribution to MusiCares' efforts to support instrument repair or replacements for affected music people.
The Academy of Country Music's charitable foundation, Lifting Lives, has created a fund called Temporary Home, developed in partnership with their Entertainer of the Year, GRAMMY-winning artist Carrie Underwood. Named after Underwood's latest chart-topping single, it will provide funds to music people who have been displaced by the floods and will be administered through MusiCares.
Three-time GRAMMY-winning band Jars Of Clay have put together an EP with five different versions of their song, "Flood," available for $1 at www.jarsofclay.com with 100 percent of the proceeds going to MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief.
Additional partners include the Gene Autry Foundation, which has contributed $25,000 to MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief, as well as the National Association of Music Merchants, which is staging a benefit event at its summer conference in Nashville in June.
These and countless other acts of generosity will help those in need of MusiCares' help in Nashville.
MusiCares already has provided assistance and support to many music people in need. Funds are being distributed within 48–72 hours, covering the most immediate and basic needs including food and clothing, gasoline and transportation, cleanup efforts, relocation costs, medicine, and other critical supplies.
To apply for assistance, please contact The Academy's and MusiCares' South Regional office at 615.327.0050 or toll-free at 877.626.2748.