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MusiCares Foundation, Inc.
FoundedDecember 29, 1993;25 years ago (1993-12-29) [1]
95-4470909 [2]
Legal status 501(c)(3) charitable organization
Headquarters Santa Monica, California, United States [2]
Bill Silva [3]
Neil Portnow [3]
Affiliations National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences,
NARAS Foundation,
Grammy Museum Foundation,
NARAS Properties,
Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences,
Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation [2]
Revenue (2014)
$8,770,673 [2]
Expenses (2014)$7,283,183 [2]
Endowment $10,095,404 [2]
Employees (2013)
23 [2]
Volunteers (2013)
130 [2]

MusiCares Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1989 and incorporated in 1993 [1] by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Meant for musicians to have a place to turn in times of financial, personal, or medical crisis, its primary purpose is to focus the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues which directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. The foundation's programs include emergency financial assistance, addiction recovery, outreach and leadership activities, and senior housing. [4] [5] MusiCares also offers hearing clinics backstage at several major festivals around the U.S. to help musicians protect their ears. [6] Since 1989, MusiCares has distributed more than $48 million to artists in need. [7]

Music community group of people involved in a given type of music

A music community is a group of people involved in a given type of music. Typically such a community has an informal, supportive structure. In the past such groups have typically developed within a town or school, where the members can meet physically. The internet has made it possible for a more dispersed music community to use the web for communication, either via specialized websites or through broader social media. Ethnographic studies indicate that online music communities do not center around one website, but use a network of sites, including personal blogs, artist or publisher sites and social media.


In September 2004, MusiCares acquired the Musicians Assistance Program, a similar program assisting musicians in need, including drug rehabilitation. [8]

Drug rehabilitation is the process of medical or psychotherapeutic treatment for dependency on psychoactive substances such as alcohol, prescription drugs, and street drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, heroin or amphetamines. The general intent is to enable the patient to confront substance dependence, if present, and cease substance abuse to avoid the psychological, legal, financial, social, and physical consequences that can be caused, especially by extreme abuse.

MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert

To help raise funding for the program, a MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert is held annually since 2005. [9] Among the awards given at the event is the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award, named after the late guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, which recognizes musicians for their devotion to helping other addicts struggling with the recovery process. [10]

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The 2010 Musicares MAP Fund benefit concert celebrated Women In Recovery and honored former U.S. first lady Betty Ford and the Betty Ford Center. Susan Ford Bales accepted the MusiCares MAP Fund award on behalf of her mother. [12]

Betty Ford U.S. First Lady: wife of Gerald Ford

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Stevie Ray Vaughan Award

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Ivan Neville musician

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Awards given after the MusiCares/MAP merger...

MusiCares From the Heart Award

The MusiCares From the Heart Award is given to artists for their unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization during the MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert. The first recipient was Goldenvoice in memory of Rick Van Santen. [9]


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