MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund Surpasses $10M Raised To Help Music People Severely Impacted By Coronavirus Crisis
The MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund has now passed $10 million in donations. During an important week for the nation in flattening the curve of coronavirus' spread, this milestone amount relects the pulling together of the music community over the past few weeks to support their own. And as the positive impact of the fund starts to take effect, the need for more help continues as more and more music people are impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and its affects on the music industry
“It’s inspiring to see how our creative community has come together to support and lift up our peers during this trying time,” said Harvey Mason Jr, Chairman and Interim CEO Recording Academy. “While the donations raised will significantly help many who work in the industry, much more is needed. We encourage those who have the means to support this charitable effort so that all music people affected by this crisis can receive the financial assistance they need.”
On March 17, the Recording Academy and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares established the fund, contributing an initial donation of $1 million each, totaling $2 million, to help people in the music industry affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent cancellation of multiple music events. In the weeks that followed, a long list of artists, streaming and tech companies. charities, industry partners and more have contributed to the cause.
There's also been a large number of online concerts and performances raising money to benefit the fund. Pickathon announced earlier this week its 60 Concerts In 60 Days to raise money for MusiCares over the next two months.
And just earlier today, the viral video-sharing social media app TikTok donated $2 million, saying, "We want to help support the community that keeps us entertained."
Administered through MusiCares, the COVID-19 Fund will be used to directly support those in the music community with the greatest need. Additionally, all Recording Academy Chapters have committed to fundraising in their local communities.
While this remarkable amount raised demonstrates the power of the music community and its generosity in times of crisis, it also reminds us how far-reaching music is and thererore how much more help is needed.
Learn more about how you can donate to or apply for assistance via the Recording Academy's and MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund.
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