LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — American performing rights society ASCAP announced that it is making a donation to MusiCares to support members of the music community affected by a series of devastating wildfires that afflicted California this year.
“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 of the Board 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.”
MusiCares was established as an outreach program by the Recording Academy to provide assistance with the health and safety of people in the music community. MusiCares provides confidential preventative, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues.
“We are truly grateful for the support and ongoing partnership of ASCAP,” said Neil Portnow, President/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 toll-free at 1.800.687.4227.
To donate to the fund, visit musicares.org/donate and choose “Disaster Relief” in the gift designation drop-down menu.
From Mid-July through November, California faced a series of deadly wildfires, including the Woolsey Fire in southern California, and the Camp Fire in central California that left almost 2 million acres burned, almost 100 people dead, and estimated costs of $3.5bn.
The Camp fire in particular, was the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history, and destroyed the communities of Concow and Paradise, California.