The Corona Virus is been affecting the world and music industry is not immune as countless artists and companies are losing revenue due to canceled shows and the like.
In response to the worldwide outbreak, the Recording Academy and its charitable arm, MusiCares, have launched a coronavirus relief fund for music professionals adversely impacted by the virus, starting with an initial $1 million donation from each entity. MusiCares is also in the process of receiving donations from several major streaming services, record labels and other music companies in addition to a number of high-profile artists.
“My first thought was, ‘this is going to get out of control. The need is going to overwhelm us and our ability to help our music community,”’ president/CEO and chair of the board Harvey Mason Jr. admitted. But he and the academy quickly snapped into action: “We’re going to have to do something extraordinary to be able to keep up with that.” He also noted that this pandemic is exactly what MusiCares was set up to handle.
Stay tuned for updated information regarding the virus and the the tangential efforts to combat COVID-19 within the music industry.