Several music streaming services are announcing contributions to the MusiCares coronavirus relief fund.
Amazon Music, Facebook, SiriusXM, Pandora, TIDAL, Spotify, and YouTube Music are all participating. The only major music streaming service missing from the list is Apple Music. The MusiCares COVID-19 relief fund will support music industry workers in need.
By now, the backdrop is depressingly real. The live music industry now finds itself in paralysis over the coronavirus outbreak, and it’s unclear when shows can resume. States are asking their citizens to shelter-in-place, with restaurants and bars closed. The lack of live music isn’t killing the appetite for song: people are suddenly playing musical instruments from their balconies and tuning into live-streamed DJ sets.
The Recording Academy established MusiCares to support the music industry. Harvey Mason Jr., the Recording Academy CEO, says the fund will help those who need it most. Just recently, the Academy and its MusiCares division pledged $2 million in coronavirus musician relief.
Now, that amount is growing. “We hope these partnerships inspire other organizations to stand behind the music community in this time of great uncertainty,” Mason said in a statement. “We continue to encourage our peers to embrace the collaborative power of music and to support impacted industry professionals in both trying and good times.”
The fund was established last week to help compensate musicians as thousands of events are canceled. Music industry professionals who are impacted by coronavirus cancellations can seek help. The list includes artists, production crews, technicians, or anyone impacted by the loss of their income due to live music event cancelations.
Aside from establishing the MusiCares fund, The Recording Academy has also petitioned Congress for help.
The Academy is seeking to protect its musicians, performers, songwriters, and studio professionals. Events like SXSW and Ultra Miami began the long list of now-canceled live music events. Some festivals like Bonnaroo have now been postponed until September – three months later than its usual June date.