MusiCares, the charitable arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), better known by its popular event the Grammy awards, has offered a helping hand to music people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Within days of the hurricane, MusiCares established the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to help musicians and others from the industry who are in need of food, shelter, utilities, transportation, and medial assistance. The fund also serves to replace lost or damaged instruments and recording equipment.
Since its inception in 1991, MusiCares has stepped up to support music people in times of crisis, taking a respectful and confidential approach to provide medical, financial, and personal assistance. Specific programs for the music community have included free mammogram clinics in Nashville, benefits to fund drug addiction recovery, and the Teens! Make Music Contest.
About the Author: Patrick Gawrysiak currently serves as CEO of VRG Systems and is the founder of a number of successful technology-based companies. Mr. Gawrysiak, a musician and avid music lover, is also a longtime member of NARAS and a contributor to many MusiCares campaigns.