Macklemore To Be Honored At 2019 MusiCares Concert For Recovery
MusiCares, an affiliated charity of the Recording Academy, announced today that the 2019 MusiCares Concert For Recovery will honor multi-GRAMMY winner Macklemore on Thursday, May 16 at The Novo at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
Macklemore will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his significant dedication to and support of MusiCares and his commitment to helping others in the addiction recovery process. The Concert For Recovery will feature Joel McHale as the host. The evening will also present a tribute to Mac Miller, and will close with a special performance by Macklemore. Additional performers will be announced shortly.
The event, presented by Amazon Music, will benefit MusiCares, which has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for five consecutive years. MusiCares ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need, and provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery resources and programs.
"Macklemore's artistic gifts are clearly recognized, as evidenced by the celebration of his music by fans all around the world," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy and MusiCares. "In addition to his musical contributions, we're honoring him for what he has done since the beginning of his career—shine a light on his own struggles with addiction as a beacon of hope for those who suffer. It is a powerful testament to his talent and his generosity of spirit."
“I’ve been a part of this organization for more than 15 years, and I’ve seen it grow to sustain more and more members of the music community who struggle with substance abuse," said MusiCares Senior Director of Events Wynnie Wynn. "I’ve made lasting friendships with music people and shared their joy in their sobriety, and I’ve also cried tears for those we’ve lost. Our Health and Human Services team works tirelessly to support our clients on their journey to recovery, and for me, it’s a privilege to do this work every day and contribute my part to MusiCares.”
"Addiction is a disease that can affect anyone, and it takes resources and support to heal. For me, recovery is a daily priority; without my sobriety everything I care about is at risk," said Macklemore. "I’m honored to support MusiCares in providing members of the music community who are suffering from addiction with the crucial services and resources they need."
A lifelong Seattle resident, Macklemore has always believed in using his platform, resources, and creative pursuits to have an impact on social justice issues. Along with Ryan Lewis, Macklemore launched the Residency program in 2015, which has since become one of the preeminent opportunities for young aspiring artists in the region. For his support of marriage equality and human rights, Macklemore was honored with the ACLU of Washington's Civil Libertarian Award in October of 2014.
Drawing on his personal battles with drugs and alcohol, Macklemore has consistently used his art and platform to raise awareness around issues of addiction and recovery. In 2016, he executive produced and was featured alongside former President Barack Obama in a MTV documentary called Prescription for Change, a film about America's opioid epidemic and solutions to address the issue. He's seen nationally and internationally as one of the most outspoken advocates for recovery and issues of addiction, while partnering with a number of organizations dedicated to the issue, including Facing Addiction, Recovery Café, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Youth Care, and Above the Noise.
Contact Wynnie Wynn for ticket information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310.581.8659, or visit the ticket form here. General Admission Balcony Seats priced at $49/$39/$29 per person are available exclusively through AXS via www.axs.com.