A number of Recording Academy elected officials have recorded John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery” as a fundraiser to benefit the organization’s MusiCares COVID-19 relief fund.
The fund was created to financially help people in the music industry affected by the pandemic due to the cancellation of work opportunities. To date, the fund has raised nearly $15 million in assistance, but a few weeks ago, it stopped taking new applications until it could replenish its coffers after distributing its initial funds.
Prine, a 2020 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, died April 7 from complications from COVID-19. A group of musicians/Grammy elected officials including Christine Albert, Helen Bruner, Brandon Bush, John Driskell Hopkins, Tracy Hamlin, Tammy Hurt, Eric Jarvis, Terry Jones, Lee Levin, Susan Marshall, Jeff Powell, and Michael Romanowski came together while in quarantine to recreate the track.
“John was a much-beloved country and folk singer/songwriter, with a very giving spirit. This project is a tribute to honor that spirit and, in turn, raise awareness for the work that MusiCares is doing to support music creators around the country affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Hurt, vice chair of the Recording Academy in a statement. The need is still so great and these times remain critical for music people.” Stem will distribute the song to the digital service providers and collect the payment for MusiCares.
In other Prine news, a salute to the singer/songwriter, Picture Show: A Tribute Celebrating John Prine, will be held June 11 across multiple platforms, including Prine’s YouTube and Facebook channels at 7:30 p.m. ET. Artists are yet to be announced, but the tribute, produced by the Prine family and Oh Boy Records will feature family and friends sharing memories and Prine songs to raise money for The National Alliance on Mental Health and Alive, a grief center in Middle Tennessee.