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RIGHTS ORGS ADD SONGWRITER FUND TO MUSICARES

ASCAP BMI and SESAC are contributing to a special fund as part of the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund to focus on songwriters, composers and lyricists.

“The creative community is resilient and will continue to inspire the industry as we get through this together," BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill said.

ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews noted, "Songwriters, composers and lyricists are the backbone of the music industry—not only is their craft vital to our creative culture and so many other businesses, they also help to lift up humanity in moments like these.”

“We're pleased to be joining with ASCAP and BMI to support MusiCares' expanded funding in support of songwriter and composer applicants,” said John Josephson, Chairman and CEO of SESAC. “It's essential that we do all we can to make sure that our creators have the resources they need to navigate this crisis and continue practicing their craft."

Harvey Mason Jr., Chair and Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy, said the fund has raised more than $10m to provide aid for music people. “That said, the need is still so great and these times remain critical for music people."

Members and affiliates of each contributing PRO are encouraged to apply for a grant through the COVID-19 relief fund here.

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