MusiCares aims to help musicians during COVID with 'Giving Tuesday'

Helping the creators so they may perform in the future
Photo credit Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for The Latin Recording Academy

As the COVID-19 crisis continues destabilizing how the music industry makes money, MusiCares and the Recording Academy have teamed up to raise money for musicians in need with the “Giving Tuesday” fundraising event.

The program aims to distribute $250 e-cards to the first 4,000 eligible applicants to help music people cover essential needs this holiday season.

Applications are now open for those how are eligible. MusiCares, a Recording Academy foundation, started building COVID-19 relief back in March.

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To date, $20 million has been distributed to help more than 20,000 music people across a wide variety of genres and roles in the industry. “We continue to encourage all music lovers to support impacted industry professionals, especially during this holiday season, one that we know will look wildly different than years past,” said Executive Director Laura Segura. “Despite the support we’ve been able to provide to date, the situation has yet to improve for the music industry and the need grows.”

Professionals with at least three years past employment in music who demonstrate need can apply for the essential goods e-card from MusiCares. All genres and professions are eligible, including artists, musicians, production crews, technicians, business teams and anyone impacted by the loss of income due to live music event cancellations.

If you know someone in need who qualifies, visit MusiCares website for more info.

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