Songwriter rights organisations have launched a coronavirus relief fund
As the current coronavirus pandemic threatens to financially ruin a number of music institutions and artists, the Performing Rights Organizations—American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers have teamed up with Broadcast Music, Inc. and SESAC in a bid to create a new coronavirus relief fund.
The initiative falls as part of the MusiCares Relief Fund which has been working relentlessly to try and help songwriters, composers and musicians in this time of severe difficulty.
ASCAP CEO, Elizabeth Matthews, said in a statement.“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.”
Following on from that sentiment, BMI CEO Mike O’Neill added: “BMI is grateful to be able to contribute to this initiative and help in some small way to ease the financial hardship of music creators during this trying time.”
And, finally, John Josephson, the CEO of SESAC added: “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 practising their craft.”