The Recording Academy Statement on Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

Sep 2, 2005 by

Neil Portnow, President
The Recording AcademyStatement on Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts
September 2, 2005

The Hurricane Katrina disaster has been devastating, profound and lifealtering for its victims, their families, friends and the nation. Thisis the time when we must come together and take care of those who needour help. Therefore, The Recording Academy, the nonprofit organizationthat is the voice of thousands of music makers nationwide, along withits MusiCares Foundation, which provides a safety net of criticalservices for music people in crisis, is committing an initial donationof $1 million for music people affected by Hurricane Katrina.

The MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund has been set up so these people incrisis can get help. Assistance includes basic living expenses such asshelter, food, utilities, transportation; medical expenses includingdoctor, dentist and hospital bills, medications; clothing; instrumentand recording equipment replacement; relocation costs; school suppliesfor students; insurance payments and more.Along with this donation, each of The Academy’s 12 regional Chapterswill designate local programming that will continue the fundraisingefforts to help the thousands of music people whose lives andlivelihoods have been impacted by these tragic events.

The RecordingAcademy, The Latin Recording Academy, MusiCares Foundation and theGRAMMY Foundation also have created a matching fund with theiremployees to help ensure that music continues to be the thread thatbrings people together and helps us all heal. We encourage the industryand the world to help in any way they can.

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