Workers begin to rebuild after Hurricane Irma
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Hurricane Irma: MusiCares' Ongoing Disaster Relief Efforts
The one-two punch of consecutive hurricanes Irma and Maria, both of which made landfall as Category 5 storms in late 2017, caused unprecedented levels of damage and untold loss of life to the Caribbean Islands and the Southeastern U.S.
The road to recovery from these natural disasters has been long, and with large amounts of Puerto Rico — whose citizens were among the hardest hit by the storm series — still without power almost six months later, rebuilding efforts are still far from over.
For anyone affected by a major natural disaster, the personal struggle to rebuild and start over can be understandably monolithic, but for music people the problems can easily be compounded further.
The explicit costs of rebuilding a home could be an obvious first concern, but what if damage to roads and local infrastructure prevent a working musician from being able to travel and gig in order to raise the funds needed in the first place?
Thankfully, among its arsenal of philanthropic grants available to music people in times of need, MusiCares can often help offer the disaster relief assistance necessary to get affected music professionals back on their feet.
Here's what one recent client had to say about the help they were able to receive through MusiCares after Hurricane Irma:
"MusiCares stepped in to help me and my family during a time when we felt hopeless about our situation after Hurricane Irma. Our home was severely damaged and uninhabitable, but with their support we were able to move forward and pick up the pieces."