Resources For Texas Music Artists (& Music Business Professionals) Affected By Hurricane Harvey

August 30, 2017

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For Immediate Release
August 30, 2017

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Texas Music Office
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Resources For Texas Music Artists (& Music Business Professionals) Affected By Hurricane Harvey

4 non-profits (The Recording Academy's MusiCares, Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and SoundExchange) all announce initiatives to get relief funds - & digital royalties - to evacuees and and hurricane victims.

MUSICARES® ANNOUNCES RELIEF RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS & MUSIC BIZ PROFESSIONALS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY

VISIT GRAMMY.COM/MUSICARES/DONATIONS TO DONATE

MusiCares® announced the establishment of a relief fund to support members of the music community affected by the recent devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Assistance includes basic living expenses such as shelter, food, utilities, and transportation; medical expenses, including doctor and hospital bills, and medications; clothing; instrument and recording equipment replacement; relocation costs; home repairs; debris removal; and more. To donate to the fund, visit grammy.com/musicares/donations and choose "Hurricane Relief" in the gift designation drop-down menu.

Texas music artists - and music business professionals - seeking assistance can contact the South Regional MusiCares office:

MusiCares' services are completely confidential.

Applicants must be able to document participation in one of the following areas:

  • At least 5 years of employment in the music industry
  • At least 6 commercially released recordings (singles)
  • At least 6 commercially or promotionally released music videos

The Recording Academy has also implemented a Hurricane Harvey employee donation program, which matches donations made by its staff dollar-for-dollar up to $20,000. Previous’ disaster relief efforts were also organized for victims of the Gulf and Nashville floods, as well as Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina.

INSTRUMENT REPLACEMENT
MusiCares also reached out to the Texas Music Office to let us know they are putting together an instrument replacement program, similar to their voucher program instituted to help musicians after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. They're working with Guitar Center, and will provide additional information on the program as it becomes available. But if you are a professional musician and need immediate assistance replacing your instruments, please reach out to us for more info, or you can contact MusiCares' staff directly:

ABOUT MUSICARES
A friend and ally of the music community, MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. A four-star charity and safety net in times of need, MusiCares offers confidential preventative, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues. Through the generosity of our donors and volunteer professionals, our dedicated team works across the country to ensure the music community has the resources and support it needs.


Houston Arts Alliance
HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF

Emergency Resources + Shelter

Houston Arts Alliance has been following the devastation created by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. We hope you are reading this message somewhere safe. 

If your arts organization has been impacted by Harvey and/or subsequent flooding, please email HAA Grants Director Richard Graber or call him at 713-581-6136. 

We understand that you may not yet know the extent of the damages you have sustained (or, in some cases, will sustain), but please check in with your organization name; your name, title, and contact information; and any information you have so far about your organization's impacted property. If you are aware of other arts organizations affected by Harvey, please let us know and we'll follow up with them. Professional artists, we'd like to hear from you, too.

Whether you live in the city or just know someone who needs assistance, please click here for information on shelters and emergency resources:

 


Texas Commission on the Arts

Our sister agency the Texas Commission on the Arts recently released a statement (on the same page as the Houston Arts Alliance's statement) asking arts organizations and artists in affected areas to check in:

“We are working with the National Endowment for the Arts to assess the impact of Hurricane Harvey on the arts field in Texas. If your arts organization has been impacted by Harvey and/or subsequent flooding, please email TCA Deputy Director Jim Bob McMillan. We understand that you may not yet know the extent of the damages you have sustained (or, in some cases, will sustain), but please check in with your organization name; your name, title, and contact information; and any information you have so far about your organization’s impacted property. If you are aware of other arts organizations affected by Harvey, please let us know and we’ll follow up with them. Professional artists, we’d like to hear from you, too."


SoundExchange Reaches Out to Help Texas Flood Victims

For members based in Houston and throughout the Gulf Coast, SoundExchange wants to make sure you receive your royalties in this time of tragedy. 

sound exchange logoSoundExchange's Senior Director of Artist and Industry Relations Linda Bloss-Baum sent the Texas Music Office a statement today that reads:

"Our next royalty distribution will be made in late September.  If you currently receive your SoundExchange royalties via physical checks, you can update your account so we can send you your royalties via Direct Deposit. We hope this makes it easier for you to access your royalties at this difficult time. To update your account, please complete our Direct Deposit form.

"We will also need either a voided check OR a bank authorization letter. The bank authorization letter should be on bank letterhead with your account information (routing number and account number). It should indicate the name on the account, and be signed by a bank official.

"We have a dedicated member of our industry relations team standing by to expedite getting our artists and rights holders set up to receive their royalties via direct deposit.  Please send the form and support document to tiarap@soundexchange.com and we will rush to get it processed for you."

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