The American Society of Composers, Artists, and Publishers (ASCAP) announced it is donating $25,000 to MusiCares and its hurricane relief fund.
The organization is sending the funds to MusiCares -- a foundation run by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences that provides support to musicians in need of medical, financial, and personal help -- as a way to support members of the music community affected by the recent devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
“Our hearts go out to our members who must now recover from these catastrophic storms,” said ASCAP president and chairman Paul Williams in a statement. “ASCAP has always believed in harnessing the strength of our collective community to build a stronger future for music creators. In that spirit, we are pleased to join forces with our friends at MusiCares in helping to rebuild a future for those members of our community who need our help putting their lives back together.”
CEO Elizabeth Matthews echoed a similar sentiment: “ASCAP has more than 75,000 members who live in Texas, Florida, and other communities hit hard by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. In seeking the most effective and efficient way to provide assistance to our affected members, the choice was easy. As our longtime ally in supporting music creators, MusiCares has the experience, infrastructure, and resources to provide essential assistance to our members. We know our donation is in good hands.”
To donate to the fund, visit musicares.org/donate and select "Hurricane Relief" in the gift designation drop-down menu.