ASCAP announced Tuesday that it is making a donation to the Recording Academy’s MusiCares nonprofit to support members of the music community who have been affected by the recent destructive wildfires up and down California. The performance-rights org declined to reveal the amount of the contribution to the disaster relief fund.
“We have all been stunned by the devastation caused by the California fires and the heartache and loss suffered by our members who reside there.” said ASCAP chairman and president Paul Williams. “ASCAP has always been an advocate for music creators, and faced with these terrible circumstances, we have their backs. We are pleased to work with MusiCares to get help to those who need it most.”
At least 88 people were killed in Northern California’s Camp wildfire, with nearly 19,000 buildings destroyed across 240 square miles. In Southern California, three people were killed and over 1,600 buildings were destroyed.
“The music community knows that it can turn to MusiCares in times of distress,” said Elizabeth Matthews, ASCAP’s CEO. “They have the organization and the infrastructure necessary to respond to these horrible events and help members of the music community in times of need. We’re glad to work with MusiCares once again to ensure that our funds reach the people most affected by the fires.”
“We are truly grateful for the support and ongoing partnership of ASCAP,” said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy and MusiCares. “Their work on behalf of music people is vital, and their generosity to the music community is equally strong. This donation demonstrates how the music industry works together to take care of their own.”
Members can request disaster relief by contacting MusiCares at 1.800.687.4227. To donate to the fund, visit musicares.org/donate.