The Country Music Association has strengthened its efforts to aid those affected by the pandemic through its Music Industry COVID Support initiative. The trade organization has outlined additional funding to five nonprofit partners: Music Health Alliance, Musically Fed, Notes for Notes, Porter’s Call, and The Store, which, along with previous nonprofit investments, are funded through CMA’s $3 million long-term COVID-19 commitment that began in early 2020.
Established as a portal for key resources for food supply, health and wellness, and career services, MICS helps connect industry professionals with appropriate nonprofits offering critical support. In the state of Tennessee alone, more than 50,000 music jobs have been impacted by the pandemic, with hundreds of thousands more estimated to be affected nationwide. At the onset of the pandemic, CMA donated $1 million to The Recording Academy’s MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund as well as a $100,000 donation to Music Health Alliance. CMA has continued to analyze and assess the specific needs of music professionals to determine the most vital resources and services to provide, and will announce further nonprofit investments in the coming weeks and months.
“Awareness is key. We are leaning on our entire industry to help us share these essential resources with those in need and keep our people healthy and stable,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Right now, we recognize the immediacy related to food supply, healthcare and career services, and these five organizations are providing incredible support to music professionals. With the prospect of a vaccine being widely available in the coming months, we will continue to invest in the future of our industry, and the needs required, as we near the return of live touring.”
Those in need are encouraged to visit CMAmics.com and utilize the new chatbot feature to learn more about specific resources available.
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