“Music on a Mission is a chance to recognize the challenges music people have faced this past year and honor their resiliency,” Laura Segura, Executive Director of MusiCares, said. “After surveying the music industry, it is clear the pandemic has taken a financial and mental toll. As the leading foundation dedicated to the health and welfare of music people, it is our responsibility to support music people through this pandemic and beyond. We’re thrilled to pay tribute to the people who have kept the music playing.”
Since the start of the pandemic, MusiCares has distributed more than $22 million to help more than 25,000 music people across the industry, including songwriters, musicians, engineers, producers, bus drivers, crew, guitar techs, label employees, makeup artists and more. In addition to COVID-19 relief, MusiCares provides a support system of health and human services across a spectrum of needs including physical and mental health, addiction recovery, preventative clinics, unforeseen personal emergencies and disaster relief. According to recent survey data collected by MusiCares, 62 percent of music people surveyed feel moderately high to very high levels of financial stress daily and 26 percent of respondents report moderate to severe levels of depression.
Music on a Mission will take the place of the 2021 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony. This event is made possible by generous sponsors, including Amazon Music, the Recording Academy, Universal Music Group, Vivid Seats, Warner Music Group, Facebook, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, ASCAP, Concord, Gibson Gives, Live Nation, Master & Dynamic, Mastercard, PEOPLE, SoundCloud and Triller. “We are extremely thankful for our sponsors joining us to help celebrate the people behind the music, who work tirelessly to bring the joy of music to us every day,” Segura said.