Jerry Cantrell, guitarist and singer from grunge metal band Alice in Chains, will be honored at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert along with Sony/ATV Music Publishing's Neil Lasher.
Cantrell, whose Alice In Chains bandmate Layne Staley died of a heroin overdose in 2002, will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the MAP Fund and support and help for artists fighting addiction and recovery. Lasher, a certified interventionist, will receive the From The Heart Award for friendship to the organization and dedication to its mission.
MusiCares is an organization established by the Recording Academy in 1989 that aims to help musicians and artists who require financial assistance for living or medical expenses. The MAP Fund is centered on giving artists and musicians access to rehab and recovery centers for drug and alcohol abuse by holding weekly addiction support groups, funding a sober tutoring network, and raising money through benefit concerts and events. During this year's Grammy Week, MusiCares honored Paul McCartney as its 2012 Person of the Year.
This year's event, which will be held May 31 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, will be hosted by Steve-O and will feature a performance by Alice in Chains and a DJ set by Moby, with more artists scheduled to be announced at a later date. General admission seats start at $55, and all ticketing packages will go on sale starting at 10 am PT March 23 via Ticketmaster.
"From what I've seen, addiction can be an occupational hazard in the music business and I know firsthand how the MusiCares MAP Fund helps artists and members of the music community find the resources for recovery," said Cantrell in a statement. "I've been a supporter for a long time, and I'm proud to help raise awareness and funds so this organization can continue to save lives."