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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.