Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, City National Bank Donate To MusiCares COVID-19 Fund

Several organizations have made significant contributions to MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund, which was established by the Recording Academy and its affiliated charitable arm MusiCares.

The organizations donating funds include The Latin Recording Academy, StubHub, labels Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, City National Bank, Bill Silva Entertainment, charitable foundations and trusts including the William, Jeff, and Jennifer Gross Family Foundation, George Harrison’s Material World Foundation, the Michael Jackson Estate, Alicia Keys and She Is The Music, and the Yoshiki Foundation America.

Last week, streaming services including Amazon Music, Facebook, SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify, Tidal and YouTube Music donated to the fund.

The COVID-19 Relief Fund launched two weeks ago, with initial donations of $1 million each from MusiCares and the Recording Academy. The fund allows music industry professionals, including artists, production crews, technicians, and anyone impacted by the loss of income due to live music event cancelations, to apply for basic living assistance.

“It’s incredible to see how many within the music industry have continued to show support for COVID-19 Relief efforts,” said Steve Boom, chair of MusiCares. “The impacts of this virus are very real, as many struggle to know where their next rent payment is coming from, or how next week’s groceries are going to be paid for. Our fund is there to help meet those needs as much as it can, and every gesture of support counts.”

“So many people in our community remain in desperate need and many are living day to day whether they are a gigging musician, sound engineer or event logistics person,” said Harvey Mason Jr., Chair and Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “We are thrilled that so many in our community are coming forward to support each other and we are grateful for all the organizations who are standing in the gap for music people in need.”

If you wish to support efforts to assist music professionals in need, visit: grammy.com/musicares/coronavirusrelieffund.

If you are a member of the music industry in need of assistance, visit: musicares.org.  


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