Addiction treatment group to live on.

The Musicians' Assistance Program (MAP), a non-profit organization that provides musicians with treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, is being acquired by the Recording Academy's MusiCares Foundation. The move ensures that the legacy built and nurtured by MAP founders Buddy Arnold and Carole Fields -- who both died in the past 12 months -- will live on.

The acquisition brings to a close more than two years of negotiations to bring MAP under the wing of MusiCares -- an initiative that was started when Neil Portnow was named president the Recording Academy.

"The Academy has admired the work MAP has accomplished for many years and, through our MusiCares Foundation, we have collaborated in service to thousands of music people in need," says Portnow. "Now fulfilling the dreams of both organizations, we are ready and eager to join forces to maximize and focus our resources to help the greater music community and to become the charity for our industry."

MusiCares and MAP have had an informal working relationship for many years. Because of MAP's expertise and Arnold's skill at reaching out to musicians with addiction problems, many of MusiCares' patients fell under Arnold's care.

Under the terms of the acquisition, MAP and MusiCares will be joined under the MusiCares name. A vital fund will be maintained bearing the MAP name and supporting its longstanding mission.

The merger will become official over the next several weeks and is expected to be completed by the end of the fall. Harold Owens, MuisCares director of addiction recovery services, will lead these services for the merged organization.

"In the five years I've been with MusiCares, Buddy Arnold and I spoke numerous times about how we could accomplish our shared goals more effectively if MAP and MusiCares merged," says Owens. "Our organizations have worked in partnership behind the scenes for many years, and going forward, we are publicly united for the good of music people struggling with addiction."

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