MusiCares Foundation, the non-profit charity from The Recording Academy, has received “millions” of dollars from music services to help artists and other music professionals affected by COVID-19.
The fund provides up to $1000 each to help cover housing costs if performances have been cancelled due to coronavirus. This is for “musicians, performers, songwriters, and studio professionals such as self-employed gig workers who are impacted by cancellations due to the ongoing pandemic.”
The fund was established last week with $2 million from The Recording Academy, famous for hosting the Grammy Awards. This was followed by an unknown amount in the “millions” from YouTube Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Facebook, SiriusXM (Pandora) and Tidal.
The Academy has also filed an appeal with Congress for further protection for the above mentioned music professionals.
MusiCares is aware of the enormous financial burden to those whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID-19. We are deeply saddened that it is resulting in loss of work due to venue closures, festival and event cancellations and travel restrictions.The Recording Academy
We are expecting to hear more from the Academy as the appeal continues and partnerships develop.
Despite the help from music platforms, more is needed. Any amount can be donated by following this link.