The Recording Academy's MusiCares foundation is ready to help musicians from flood-wracked southern Louisiana, where thousands of displaced people have begun the process of picking through their damaged or destroyed homes after days of flooding.
Local musicians in need can contact MusiCares (877-626-2748) and apply for their Emergency Assistance Program, which provides a safety net for music professionals in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies. To qualify, participants must be able to provide documentation showing five years of music industry-related employment or proof of credits to at least six commercially released recordings or videos.
The Associated Press reports that at least 40,000 homes have been damaged and 11 people killed in some of the worst flooding in Louisiana history. About 60,000 people have signed up for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and 20 parishes were included in the federal disaster declaration.
Celebrities are beginning to take notice of the disaster as well, with Taylor Swift saying she’ll donate $1 million to flood relief. Lady Gaga also said she is donating an unspecified amount to relief efforts.