The Recording Academy and its affiliated charitable foundation, MusiCares have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help people in the music industry affected by the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent cancellation of multiple music events.
Both the Recording Academy and MusiCares have contributed an initial donation of $1 million each, totaling $2 million.
From hotel and bar gigs to major music festivals, such as Glastonbury and Coachella, COVID-19 is deeply impacting live music events, and the creative community behind it all.
Administered through MusiCares, the COVID-19 Fund will be used to directly support those in the music community with the greatest need.
Additionally, all Recording Academy Chapters have committed to fundraising in their local communities. Further updates and announcements will be made in the coming days.
"Event cancellations are at unprecedented levels and the situation, therefore, requires an unprecedented response," said Harvey Mason jr., Chair and Interim CEO of the Recording Academy, in a statement. "Many people in the industry are now in crisis, not knowing what the future holds or having to deal with dire commercial realities. We are asking the entire industry to stand with us to support the musicians, artists and professionals who are the bedrock and the future of our music community."