The COVID-19 relief fund is aiming at providing financial assistance to a multitude of people working in the music industry being affected by the economic shakeups as well as providing other benefits to give back to the community.
The organizations are supporting music industry workers, from musicians to venue staff and more in a variety of ways.
To start, they’re both donating $1 million each to their COVID-19 Relief Fund to help industry workers impacted by the economic losses during the pandemic. Further, all Recording Academy Chapters are committing to fundraising in local communities. They’ll also be hosting virtual concerts to crowdfund.
You can learn more about the fund here.
They’re also highlighting the need for Congress to include support to music creators as part of an expected stimulus bill. If you’d like to support this initiative, you can send a letter to legislators here.
You can read a statement provided below.
“Like everyone, we hope that life gets back to normal soon, but we know that won’t happen overnight. I hope you will join me and the Academy in supporting the people in our music community who are lifting spirits around the world. Let us show them how grateful we are for the indispensable role they play in troubled times and in happier days to come.”
It’s critical that self-employed, freelance and independent music makers have access to relief funding to help alleviate financial burdens inflicted by canceled employment opportunities. Urge Congress to protect music makers in #Coronavirus Relief Funding: https://t.co/sPv4vlUYRA pic.twitter.com/GdZhWED3l6
— GRAMMY Advocacy (@GRAMMYAdvocacy) March 17, 2020
Music helps us through our toughest times. We can help music creators get through theirs. Spread the word about @MusiCares #COVID19 relief services or consider making a donation to help those in need. https://t.co/GlgbkQA2fc pic.twitter.com/7j05oiP4ed
— MusiCares (@MusiCares) March 17, 2020
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