The Boss Bruce Springsteen being honored last night at MusiCares Person Of The Year
MusiCares has announced the establishment of a fund to support members of the music community affected by the recent devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The MusiCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund has been set up to provide quick help for music people in crisis. Assistance includes basic living expenses such as shelter, food, utilities, and transportation; medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills, and medications; clothing; instrument and recording equipment replacement; relocation costs; home repairs; debris removal; and more.
Twenty-time GRAMMY Winner Bruce Springsteen named the 2013 MusiCares Person Of The Year
Imagine a dusty mosh pit full of happy concertgoers going crazy, dancing and spinning into a frenzied vortex. Picture fans covered in mud as rain is flying sideways. Then picture the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets that traveled through the dark of the night, signifying that for festival attendees in the Windy City, it was time to do it all over again.
And in the midst of all that fun and excitement there I was. As a MusiCares staff member serving as a liason for the Health and Human Services staff during the Vans Warped Tour stop on July 31 in Tinley Park, Ill., I had the unique opportunity to talk about a few very important MusiCares initiatives the organization provided to musicians and crew on this summer’s tour, including Safe Harbor Rooms, emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery resources.
My involvement with this year’s tour was nothing like I expected. Of course, I half expected there to be a never-ending quest to find a shower or a clean Porta Potty, but who was I kidding? This was punk rock. From the many interesting fans to the beautiful Warped Tour staff, I was honored to have been part of what organizers say is the longest-running touring festival in the United States.
I was in the presence of so many established and up-and-coming bands, including Alkaline Trio, Pennywise, Reel Big Fish, Sum 41, and We The Kings, among many others. There were way too many memorable performances and people on this tour to credit everyone by name, but this little traveling city of music and madness touched my soul in such a good way.
What started as a group of strangers ended as my new family. It was a dream come true to represent MusiCares and continue a life of helping others. I laughed myself silly at some of the things that happened and moments I witnessed — those types of moments that can only happen in the music world.
I witnessed a young girl who suffers from Down syndrome take the stage to sing along with the guys from Pennywise and members of Alkaline Trio, and as her proud father burst into tears I saw firsthand the power of music at work. I met people that have truly transformed their lives and are dedicated to helping others. The good vibes of music are the reason why the art has been my life and continues to be a part of my life today.
To those musicians and bands who took the stage at Tinley Park and to the MusiCares staff, thank you for this opportunity.
A Star Is Honored: Barbra Streisand — actress/singer/director/writer/composer/producer/designer/author/activist and eight-time GRAMMY winner, GRAMMY Legend Award and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient — will be honored as the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year at its 21st annual benefit gala!
The Recording Academy and MusiCares established the MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief Fund in response to the devastating and profoundly life-altering effects of the recent floods that unexpectedly hit Nashville and its surrounding areas.
Please help spread the word! 100 percent of every dollar raised for the MusiCares Nashville Relief Fund is immediately being distributed to help those in the music community that are victims of the flood. Pledges can be made online, and $5 contributions may be made by texting “Music” to 20222.
Guitar Center is partnering with MusiCares to assist the Nashville-area music community by offering discounts on replacement instruments and gear at their Nashville store. Additionally, donations can be made at any of Guitar Center’s 214 stores nationwide, or at www.guitarcenter.com. Please contact MusiCares directly to apply for instrument replacement funds and access this discount.
Three-time GRAMMY-winning band Jars Of Clay have put together an EP with five different versions of their song, “Flood,” available for $1 at www.jarsofclay.com with 100 percent of the proceeds going to MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief.
MusiCares already has provided assistance and support to many music people in need. Funds are being distributed within 48–72 hours, covering the most immediate and basic needs including food and clothing, gasoline and transportation, cleanup efforts, relocation costs, medicine, and other critical supplies.
To apply for assistance, please contact The Academy’s and MusiCares’ South Regional office at 615.327.0050 or toll-free at 877.626.2748.
Check out the rock star-studded MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert held at Club Nokia on May 7, 2010 in Los Angeles. This annual benefit, which raises funds for MusiCares addiction recovery programs for music people in need, featured an extraordinary range of artists, and this year, celebrated women in recovery and saluted former first lady Betty Ford and the Betty Ford Center.
Featuring Lemmy, Ace Frehley, Beth Hart, Slash, Kathy Valentine, Matt Sorum, Exene, Cherie Curie, Annabella Lwin, Gilby Clarke, Bob Forrest, and Wayne Kramer!
The Fray onstage in a very special, intimate setting to benefit MusiCares!
Tomorrow night! Very exciting. There are a handful of tickets left, call ASAP!
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, MusiCares, in conjunction with several community resources and clinics, will offer on-site examinations and mammograms for women in the music industry in need of these services.