The Music To Fight COVID

The Lewis Prize for Music is thrilled to announce the recipients of its COVID-19 Community Response Fund. Fans of all types of music are desperate for distraction and catharsis in the age of the coronavirus , and because stay-at-home orders have shuttered movie theaters and shut down film and TV production, musicians are dominating the pop culture zeitgeist.
Spotify's COVID-19 Hub (part of its COVID-19 Music Relief Project) has proved successful as it allows people to listen to specially curated playlists and podcasts that help users feel informed, while further embedding them into Spotify's streaming ecosystem.



Currently, we're partnering with MusiCares, PRS Foundation, Help Musicians, Unison Benevolent Fund, Centre National de la Musique, Deutsche Orchester-Stifttung, Initiative Musik, Irish Music Industry Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund, Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere, Unison Benevolent Fund, Support Act, Brazilian Union of Composers, Music Health Alliance, Musikerförbundets, and are looking forward to adding more partners worldwide.
Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.

We know it can be a bit of a negative vibe filling out a form about your disappearing income, but we're hoping to get a greater understanding of the shape and scope of the loss, and to use this data for publicity and asking the government for economic support for our industry at this very vulnerable time.
Each of the COVID-19 Community Response Fund recipients embody this goal; they do extraordinary work providing young people with opportunities to ugohardchallenge learn, perform and create music while also serving their immediate and unique needs around food, transportation, mental health, and academics.
Donors who give their money to an endowment most often restrict” their gift for a specific purpose such as scholarships for a specific instrument or genre of music they love (for example: jazz guitar; musical theatre; clarinet; sopranos; etc.). We recently received word that after her death, our long-time and beloved colleague, Dean Christianne Orto, gave MSM $500,000 of her retirement account to help fund one of the areas she created and ran at MSM for more than 20 years - Distance Learning.

Anghami, the leading Arab music streaming service has crunched its data revealing that more people are streaming over Wi-Fi, people are working out later in the day and people are struggling to sleep (more sleeping” music is being streamed, although this genre should not be confused with music from artists like James Blunt).
Over 2,000 students are qualified for these funds and will each directly receive approximately $700 by June 1. Learn more about this program and other valuable resources potentially available to students at this time. The Jazz and Heritage Relief Fund is a natural extension of the work we have been doing for the community since 1979.

The Inclusive Friends Association promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in Nigeria and supports persons with disabilities to lead fulfilled lives in their communities, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. Through the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project, the streaming giant will partner with various music charities —starting with MusiCares, PRS Foundation, and Help Musicians— to advise artists on seeking financial relief.
Students should change their forwarding address and not have mail or packages shipped to Berklee. Musicians and music lovers are hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has dealt a hammer blow to the live music industry. Audrey Azoulay, head of the UN cultural organization, UNESCO , pointed out that music is bringing people together and helping to keep hope alive during the global crisis.

Live music is cancelled for the foreseeable future and record stores remain closed, but the music industry is adapting. The WSJ cites data from Mount Sinai Health System which suggests that 25% to 40% of first responders and healthcare workers in the US will experience some form of stress or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

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