U2 bassist Adam Clayton will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at MusiCares 13th annual MAP Fund Benefit Concert in recognition of his dedication to helping others with the addiction recovery process. The show will be held at New York’s PlayStation Theater in June with performers being announced shortly.
“MusiCares does such vital work in helping vulnerable people across our industry,” said Clayton in a statement. “I know from experience the importance of an accessible, supportive environment in times of need and I’m always happy to do what I can to benefit this important organization. I’m very much looking forward to the event in June.”
Clayton, 57, has openly acknowledged his past struggles with substance abuse and has himself been sober for more than twenty years.
MusiCares offers a variety of addiction recovery services, including their signature MusiCares MAP Fund which was developed as a pool of resources to address addiction and recovery needs. The initiative provides addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community, regardless of their financial condition. The MusiCares MAP Fund acknowledges that a vital part of recovery consists of ongoing support aftercare services.
“We are extremely pleased that our annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert is returning to New York City, and paying tribute to such a genuinely talented and influential artist as Adam Clayton,” stated Neil Portnow, president/ceo of The Recording Academy and MusiCares. “Adam is a hero to fans and music creators around the world, and he is also a hero in the world of recovery for his fearless determination to give voice to the issues of addiction that affect—and all too often devastate—our music community.”
With 22 Grammys, U2 are among the top Grammy winners of all time. The quartet of Bono, Clayton, The Edge, and Larry Mullen Jr. are the only group in Grammmy history to earn Album Of The Year twice, winning for The Joshua Tree for 1987 and How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb for 2005.
The MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert is open to the public.