According to a report from CBS in Pittsburgh, the Mac Miller Fund is donating $100,000 in support of teen music programs at a local YMCA.
Miller, who was originally from Pittsburgh, tragically died of an overdose at the age of 26 in September of last year. A number of people have subsequently been arrested in relation to his death.
His foundation, which was started soon after his death and was once called the Mac Miller Circles Fund, will donate the money over the course of three years to the YMCA Lighthouse Project. This will, in turn, fund a program that trains teens to become sound engineers that is known as the Tuff Sound Recording Apprenticeship Program.
In October of 2018, the foundation staged a tribute concert to raise money for its activities. Called Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life, the show took place at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and included performances by:
- Chance the Rapper
- John Mayer
- Anderson .Paak
The concert reportedly raised around $350,000, and it has since raised a total of nearly $1 million.
The foundation issued a statement in conjunction with the gift, in which the family said, “He cared very much about working to make the world a kinder place and we will continue to do just that.”
In other Mac Miller news, Pharrell recently discussed the rapper in an interview with Vulture, touching upon the uncompleted project that they were working on at the time of Miller’s death.
Pharrell said of Miller:
“I just remember him being a fan of music and wanting to go deeper and challenge himself. He was really independent in the rap game, but he liked Tribe and all the jazzy shit, and he liked a lot of the stuff we did that’s jazz-influenced, rap records that had those kinds of colors and chords. And he wanted to know more about it. He wanted people to know that there was way more to him than his indie-rap success. He wanted people to know the layers and the depth of his potential.”