Slaight Family Foundation Help Launch Unison COVID-19 Relief Program To Support Canadian Music Industry Personnel

By Aaron Brophy 3/23/20 |

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Canadian music industry support charity the Unison Benevolent Fund has announced a new fund to support musicians and support personnel directly impacted by the affects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The newly created Unison COVID-19 Relief Program will provide short-term relief for impacted members of the Canadian music industry. The fund is launching with $500,000, half from Unison and half from a donation by the Slaight Family Foundation.

"We would like to thank the Slaight Family Foundation for their partnership and generous donation of $250,000, which will be matched by the Unison office," said executive director Amanda Power, in a statement. "Funding will be allocated towards housing costs, medical expenses, and groceries."

Established in 2008, the Slaight Family Foundation supports a wide range of charitable causes in and outside of the music industry, including the area of healthcare, at-risk youth, international development, social services and culture. The Slaight Family also recently contributed to the National Arts Centre's Canada Performs initiative to support online art performances during the coronavirus shutdown of most concert and theatre event.

"The creative community adds so much inspiration to our daily lives through their talents and now more than ever they need our support during this crisis," said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Communications. "I hope that our donation to The Unison Fund will inspire others to do the same as our artists need our support."

Disclosure: The Slaight Family Foundation is also a supporter of Samaritanmag.

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