Country Music Association & The CMA Foundation Donate $1 Million To MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund
In Nashville today, the Country Music Association (CMA) and its philanthropic arm, the CMA Foundation, announced a $1 million pledge to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund . The funds will be used to provide support to those in the music industry whose employment has been impacted by the effects of the virus and will specifically assist in covering mortgage and rent costs to help keep out-of-work industry professionals in their homes.
"Nashville consistently represents the best of human values and strength of character, always showing up in tough times and when there is need,” said Debbie Carroll, MusiCares Vice President, Health and Human Services. “CMA is a shining example of what makes this city great. Our heartfelt gratitude for their incredible gift that will provide much needed assistance to those struggling in the music community.”
Indeed, the CMA and CMA Foundation donation will go a long way toward giving back to the music industry, as its live events sector continues to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have heard firsthand the many ways the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted not only our CMA members but the music industry at large,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Our goal is to be a resource and support system for those in the music business who are currently struggling, and we’re incredibly grateful for MusiCares’ commitment to serve music industry professionals, especially right now. Our business does not exist without these hardworking individuals who make up the touring industry as well as our artists, songwriters and musicians, and we hope our pledge can provide a bit of comfort during these troubling times.”
Established by the Recording Academy and MusiCares, the fund has seen mounting support from artists, companies, organization and charities. The CMA and CMA Foundation's generous donation matches the original $1 million dollar amount both the Recording Academy and MusiCares pledged to setup the relief fund.
“We’re very grateful to the CMA for the extraordinary donation to the COVID-19 Relief Fund,” added Steve Boom, MusiCares Chair. “The funds will provide much needed assistance to creators and industry professionals most affected by this pandemic. Country Music speaks to the heart and CMA has touched the heart of MusiCares, and the many members of the industry who will benefit from their generosity.”
For more information about the CMA Foundation, please visit their website.
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