The Country Music Association furthered COVID-19 relief action Monday by funding five nonprofit organizations aiding those impacted by the health crisis.
The relief comes as part of a $3 million effort — called Music Industry COVID Support (MICS) — launched by the CMA in 2020. Nonprofit groups benefitting from CMA funding specialize in food insecurity, health care, mental health and more.
The CMA COVID-19 support effort provides resources to individuals struggling during the pandemic and distributes funds to those “who are helping our industry members find relief from the implications of job loss.”
Roughly 50,000 music industry jobs in Tennessee have been impacted by COVID-19, according to CMA research. “We are leaning on our entire industry to help us share these essential resources with those in need and keep our people healthy and stable,” Sarah Trahern, CMA CEO, said in a statement. “Right now, we recognize the immediacy related to food supply, healthcare and career services, and these five organizations are providing incredible support to music professionals.
The statement continued, “With the prospect of a vaccine being widely available in the coming months, we will continue to invest in the future of our industry, and the needs required, as we near the return of live touring.”
Groups receiving funding include: Music Health Alliance, a healthcare advocacy group;
Musically Fed, a nonprofit battling food insecurity; Notes for Notes, which provides unemployed music professionals an opportunity to teach aspiring artists; Porter’s Call, which provides musicians with emotional health counseling; and The Store, a free grocery store aiding food insecure families in Nashville. Read more at the Tennessean.com and find out more at cmaworld.com/covid19-resources.