MusiCares Establishes Hurricane Harvey Donation Page, Pledges to Match Funds

By Daniel Teichman 8/30/17 |

Photo credit: MusiCares web site
With Hurricane Harvey still active and causing destruction in the state of Texas, several organizations have volunteered their efforts to help alleviate the suffering and loss for many of the victims.  One of these is MusiCares, which announced Aug. 29 that it has established a relief fund to support members of the music community affected by Hurricane Harvey.

According to the press release, expenses covered by MusiCares include shelter, food, utilities, transportation, medical (doctor and hospital bills), medications, clothing, instruments and recording equipment replacement, relocation costs, home repairs, debris removal and more.

MusiCares is the charitable arm of The Recording Academy, which presents the annual Grammy Awards. Its mandate is to “provide() a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need.”

Donations to support the fund can be made on the Grammy donation page and selecting “Hurricane Relief” from the drop-down menu. People seeking assistance can contact MusiCares at 615.327.0050 or toll-free at 1-877-626-2748 or apply online.

“Now is a time when we must come together and take care of those who need help, as we are only just beginning to understand how life-altering Hurricane Harvey will be for its victims and their communities,” said Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the Recording Academy, in a statement.

The Recording Academy will also be matching any donations made by its employees up to $20,000.  It has previously provided aid after such natural disasters as the Nashville floods, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Sandy.

So far Hurricane Harvey has caused billions of dollars of property damage and left more than 300,000 people without electricity. At least 17 fatalities have been reported as of Aug. 29, including six from the same family when their van was swept off a flooded bridge.

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