MusiCares has announced the final round of funding for its COVID-19 Relief program, which has distributed $25 million to more than 34,000 music professionals in need since its creation in March 2020.
The fund will conclude upon the distribution of the $2 million raised during MusiCares' recent Music on a Mission virtual fundraiser to 2,000 eligible applicants.
"The pandemic has been devastating to musicians, tour managers, stage crews, and so many others that are involved in making music happen," MusiCares executive director Laura Segura said. "We heard from our community that many are experiencing elevated levels of depression, financial insecurity and low levels of confidence that they could pay for basic living expenses during the pandemic. It is encouraging to know that music people turned to MusiCares in their time of need and we hope they continue to do so as we reacclimate post-pandemic."