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How MusiCares Helps Musicians in Need: Q&A With Senior VP Kristen Madsen

Ozzy Osbourne and Slash at the 10th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert. Photo by Kevin Mazur (courtesy of The Recording Academy/WireImage)

Since its founding in 1989, The Recording Academy's health services component, MusiCares, has partnered with musicians' health resources across the country and has played a vital role in getting critical health funding to musicians in need. Because of its large size and multiple levels of assistance, it can sometimes appear monolithic and a bit confusing. We spoke with the Senior Vice President of MusiCares, Kristen Madsen, to better understand the nonprofit's mission and how it helps musicians.

Features, nonprofit, sims foundation

Jun 13, 2014 09:30 AM

Gordon Lamb

'SIMS Saved My Life': How the SIMS Foundation Helps 600+ Austin Musicians Each Year

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Austin-based musicians' resource the SIMS Foundation was founded in 1995 in the aftermath of the suicide of bassist Sims Ellison. He was by all accounts a talented musician and good friend who had enjoyed a wave of popularity for his band, Pariah, in the years immediately previous to his suicide. Since the foundation was created, SIMS has dedicated itself to serving the mental health needs of Austin-based musicians.

We spoke with Heather Alden, managing director of the SIMS Foundation, to get the inside story on the foundation and how it helps over 600 Austin musicians each year.

Features, Legal & Money, nonprofit

May 12, 2014 03:30 PM

Gordon Lamb

The New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation: Sustaining Musicians in Mind, Body and Spirit

NOMAF's Down on the Bayou benefit concert (image source: nomaf.org)

The New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation operates strictly in accordance with its title. And it just so happens that its title is a pretty broad one. In addition to being an actual health care provider, through its relationship with the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, the foundation also provides critical assistance such as rent, utility payments and actual performance fees for musicians meeting its criteria for help. President and Director Bethany Bultman is an upfront spokesperson for the foundation, and through the course of our conversation it was clear that she’s not only one not to mince words but also an ardent advocate for the musicians of New Orleans.

Applying to Play Bonnaroo Supports the Festival's Charity Fundraising

Now heading into its teenage years, Bonnaroo has become an American music institution. And the festival’s home of Manchester, Tenn., has benefited greatly from its presence and influence. There are two slots saved at this year’s festival for Sonicbids artists, to be selected by Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and Billboard Magazine. When you sign up, you’ll notice a $10 application fee. All that money goes to benefit the Bonnaroo Works Fund.

Features, merch, cassettes

Apr 14, 2014 01:05 PM

Gordon Lamb

Does Releasing on Cassette Tape Make Sense For You?

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Consider the lowly cassette tape. Even in its heyday, its attributes paled next to the satisfying heft of a vinyl LP and the crystalline reproduction of a compact disc. But the thing is, anyone could make a tape. Never mind the mainstream press' ongoing fascination with the “resurgence of vinyl”—if you really wanna twist the melon of someone not permanently ensconced in our trends, tell 'em you're gonna release your next album on cassette tape.