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MusiCares And Vivid Seats Join Together To Provide Relief To Hurricane Ida Victims
Following the devastation of Hurricane Ida in August 2021, MusiCares, the leading music charity, worked quickly to provide disaster relief to music communities impacted in Louisiana, New Jersey and New York.
Thanks to a generous donation from Vivid Seats Inc., a leading live event marketplace, MusiCares' Hurricane Ida Relief effort was fully funded and continues to help provide those affected with necessary essentials like food, water, gas, and more.
The New Orleans Musicians' Clinic was also instrumental in mobilizing the relief in the Louisiana community. By acting as MusiCares' primary relief distributor and advisor, the clinic helped MusiCares identify potential clients in dire need of support and ensure they received the help they needed.
"Vivid Seats is a company with heart that consistently supports the music community during life's most difficult challenges," Laura Segura, Executive Director of MusiCares, said. "Thanks to their latest donation, MusiCares moved quickly with the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic to provide relief to those who needed it most following Hurricane Ida."
As recovery efforts continue, MusiCares is evaluating the needs of the music community to cover other necessities like healthcare costs, disaster insurance deductibles and home repair costs. MusiCares also continues to act as a health and human services safety net for music people across the nation, providing physical and mental health services, addiction recovery, preventative clinics, funds for unforeseen personal emergencies, and disaster relief.
"We have been proud to support MusiCares' effort to provide relief for the live events community," Vivid Seats CEO Stan Chia said. "Their unmatched dedication to urgently mobilize care for those in need should inspire everyone to support their team."
Vivid Seats is a strong supporter of MusiCares and has donated more than $2 million since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to help support many of MusiCares' relief efforts.
"MusiCares offered immediate assistance and support when I needed it most," one of MusiCares' Hurricane Ida beneficiaries said. "There's not many places to turn in the music industry for real help. Whether it's a mental health crisis, a natural disaster or just someone to talk to, they've always been there for me. MusiCares treats everyone as equals, listens without judgement, and takes these issues very seriously."
As the leading music charity in the U.S., MusiCares has provided relief to members of the music industry after similar natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Sandy, the Nashville floods, and the California wildfires.
Music people looking for financial support, disaster relief, physical or mental health, and/or addiction recovery services can visit MusiCares.org for more details and contact information.