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MusiCares Launches The Mac Miller Legacy Fund
MusiCares has received a grant from The Mac Miller Fund, which was established at The Pittsburgh Foundation by the family of [rapper, producer and songwriter] Malcolm McCormick, professionally known as Mac Miller, after his death in September.
MusiCares, which operates under the Recording Academy, will receive $50,000 to establish the MusiCares Mac Miller Legacy Fund to help young adults dealing with substance abuse.
The Miller fund at the foundation now has assets of nearly $1 million due to donations from the "Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life" concert presented in October, and contributions from the public. In announcing the inaugural grants, McCormick's family members issued the following statement:
"These grants celebrate Malcolm’s life and legacy by funding two respected organizations that provide opportunities for young people to realize their talents and potential. It’s critically important to our family to fund a safety net for artists and musicians who are struggling with substance addiction. No life should be cut short for lack of expert help."
MusiCares provides a safety net to music people in times of need, offering confidential preventative, recovery and emergency programs to address financial, medical and personal health issues. This includes access to resources and programs for addiction recovery. Over the last fiscal year, MusiCares provided more than $6.5 million to assist at least 8,600 members of the music industry – the largest amount of funds distributed and numbers of clients served in a single year in the charity's history.
The MusiCares Mac Miller Legacy Fund was announced last night in Los Angeles during a special tribute by Miller’s close friend, rapper, singer and actor Vince Staples, at the annual MusiCares Concert for Recovery. The event also honored four-time GRAMMY Award-winning rapper and songwriter Macklemore. The MusiCares Mac Miller Legacy Fund is dedicated to helping members of the music community age 27 and under who are facing addiction. To qualify, individuals must have a financial need for services. To find out if you qualify, please visit MusiCares.org.
The Mac Miller Fund gifted another grant to Hope Academy of Music and the Arts, an after-school arts education outreach program in the Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood, will use its grant to expand and improve its Suzuki Music Program. Hope Academy provides access to music education to youth who lack opportunities to participate in the arts due to limited family resources and cutbacks in school-based arts programs.
When the Mac Miller Fund was established, Pittsburgh Foundation President and CEO Maxwell King commended the family for establishing a philanthropic legacy that will benefit other artists. In announcing the grants today, King said, "Mac Miller was among the brightest young talents to emerge from Pittsburgh. These grants exemplify brilliant strategy by his family to directly address the issues that affected Miller during his lifetime, while also improving quality of life for other young artists."
For more information about The Mac Miller Fund, including how to contribute, visit themacmillerfund.org. To learn more about the MusiCares Mac Miller Legacy Fund, including how you can contribute, click here.