SWEET RELIEF MUSICIANS FUND
Rating: 5 stars 2 reviews
Issues: Arts & Culture, Health
Location: 2601 E. Chapman Ave. Suite 204 Fullerton CA 92831 USA
Target demographics: Ill, disabled or elder career musician facing financial hardship
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000
Geographic areas served: Nationwide
Programs: Grants for medical and living expense, bill reduction and negotiation, directed artists programs,
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My husband is a musician, who was lucky enough to be on my health insurance policy when he was diagnosed with cancer. His bills were over a million dollars, but insurance covered most everything. We have lots of friends, his bandmates, other peers in the industry that are not so lucky. Musicians spend their lives feeding our souls, nurturing the parts of our spirit that are inspired by creativity, art, community, and love. Even professional players who have supported themselves playing music their whole lives... may one day lose the ability to move their hands. Or they may have an accident, suffer financial hardship, or get cancer. Lots of charities will help get instruments to children. Lots will help school programs develop this love... then what? Those children grow up to be adults who give back to society, share the talent they were born with, work very hard their whole lives... and no one is there to offer them help when they need it most. SWEET RELIEF DOES!!! This incredible team, run by only a handful of experienced, dedicated souls..are able to provide emergency financial assistance to musicians in need, due to disability, age, or illness. Even more impressive- they do so with administrative overhead costs around 7%. They are personally involved in all their work, and care deeply about the musicians they help nationwide. Lastly, this group allows you to give by genre (love jazz?), region (yay new orleans!), by individual (through private funds), or many other ways to make sure your intent is matched very specifically with the people they are helping. I jumped in to help with social media on an event they were benefitting from...this led to an increased role as production manager, and now into spreading the good word about such a great group! They truly allow their volunteers to do what they love, with the common goal of helping musicians who have all given us so much.
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