Performing rights organizations ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC have announced contributions to create a fund as part of the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. While the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund helps all music industry workers in need, the funds collected from these performing rights organizations will go toward helping their respective songwriters, composers and lyricists. Members and affiliates of each contributing performing rights organization are encouraged to apply for a grant through the fund at musicares.org.
Since the fund’s establishment in March, with initial seed donations of $1 million each by MusiCares and the Recording Academy, millions more have been raised with the support of numerous partners. However, more is needed to meet the growing demand.
Harvey Mason jr., Chair and Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy said, “It’s inspiring to see every sector of the music industry band together during a time of need. With the help of these latest contributions and the generous donations over the past few weeks, we’ve been able to garner more than $10 million to provide aid for music people across all genres, crafts and disciplines affected by the coronavirus pandemic. That said, the need is still so great and these times remain critical for music people.”
Steve Boom, Chair of MusiCares, said, “We’re thrilled to see the continued support from organizations to help all the people who were depending on their next gig to make ends meet. There is still much more work to be done, and we hope that those who have supported us will continue to inspire others to do what’s needed for the music industry during this unprecedented time.”
Elizabeth Matthews, CEO of ASCAP, said,”Songwriters, composers and lyricists are the backbone of the music industry — not only is their craft vital to our creative culture and so many other businesses, they also help to lift up humanity in moments like these. We thank our fellow PROs for joining together with ASCAP to create and support this specially created fund through MusiCares and the Recording Academy that will provide our music writers with the emergency relief grants they need at this difficult time.”
Mike O’Neill, President & CEO of BMI, said, “The MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund is an important resource for songwriters and composers, who, like so many, have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. BMI is grateful to be able to contribute to this initiative and help in some small way to ease the financial hardship of music creators during this trying time. We are happy to join ASCAP and SESAC in supporting this vital effort and we thank them, the Recording Academy, and MusiCares for helping all of our writers. The creative community is resilient and will continue to inspire the industry as we get through this together.”
John Josephson, Chairman and CEO of SESAC, said, “We recognize the profound impact which the COVID-19 pandemic and state-mandated shutdowns are having on songwriters as well as the global music community. We’re pleased to be joining with ASCAP and BMI to support MusiCares’ expanded funding in support of songwriter and composer applicants. It’s essential that we do all we can to make sure that our creators have the resources they need to navigate this crisis and continue practicing their craft.”
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