4 MusiCares Resources To Aid The LGBTQIA+ Community Today
Elevating LGBTQIA+ people in music is much bigger than any song, artist or album. It's about providing tangible aid to a marginalized, historically embattled community. That's where MusiCares, a charitable arm of the Recording Academy dedicated to health and wellness in the music community, comes into the picture.
Here are four resources to help LGBTQIA+ folks in practical, expedient ways during Pride Month and beyond.
Each week, MusiCares offers free emotional support groups that serve as safe and secure places to sort through various wellness issues or concerns.
MusiCares recognizes the unique challenges that members of the LGBTQIA+ community may face because of their identity. As a result, they have established these groups specifically for members of the music community who identify as LGBTQIA+.
The group is held virtually every Wednesday from 12 to 1 p.m. PT by Adrienne N. Williams, a licensed social worker with a Master’s in Education and doctoral candidate at Widener University. Adrienne also has a private practice where she works to dismantle stigmas and shame about mental health and sex in our society.
To participate in the support group, contact Adrienne directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual & In-Person Programming
Year-round, the MusiCares Health & Human Services Team hosts programming—both virtually and in-person—that tackles the needs of the music community.
MusiCares has collaborated with organizations including SAGE and The Trevor Project for a handful of programs that specifically address the needs of the LGBTQIA+ music community, such as “Health & Wellness in the LGBTQ Community” and “Aging Adults and the LGBTQ Community.”
MusiCares has also hosted vocal health and wellness webinars focusing on training Transgender and Non-Binary Singing Artists, partnering with authors of The Voice Book for Trans and Non-Binary People, Matthew Mills and Gillie Stoneham, along with Liz Jackson Hearns, who wrote One Weird Trick: A User’s Guide to Transgender Voice and The Singing Teacher’s Guide to Transgender Voices.
To view MusiCares’ upcoming programs, check out their events page.
Funding & Referrals For Mental Health Treatment
MusiCares understands that seeing a mental health professional can be costly—even for those who have health insurance. Plus, navigating the mental healthcare system is often difficult and it may be hard to figure out where to start.
Through their Mental Health and Addiction Services Arm, MusiCares provides funding for qualifying individuals to receive mental health treatment, including therapy, psychiatric care, mental health workshops, and more.
The Mental Health and Addiction Services Team at MusiCares consists of licensed professionals who can assess and refer individuals to the right mental healthcare specialist for them, whether it be a psychiatrist, trauma specialist, or counselor.
MusiCares regularly works with mental health practitioners who have an understanding of the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community.
To qualify for this funding, individuals must have worked in the music industry for at least three years or have at least six commercially released recordings.
For more information on this program, visit the MusiCares website.
The Health Services Arm of MusiCares addresses the medical needs of the music community by providing financial assistance during medical crises and preventive services such as dental and medical screenings, hearing clinics, and assistance obtaining low-cost health insurance.
MusiCares understands that members of the LGBTQIA+ community may face challenges in obtaining medical treatment, such as discrimination from medical providers or insurance companies.
As a result, MusiCares can refer clients to medical providers that understand the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community, and MusiCares’ medical grants can be used to help with the cost of procedures insurance companies may not cover, such as gender confirmation surgery.
For more information about the Medical Services Arm of MusiCares, visit www.musicares.org.