Blues Musicians - Want Your Gigs Listed On This Calendar?

Dallas/Ft Worth/N Texas Blues Musicians - Want to see your weekly gigs listed on this calendar and have them read live on the air on KNON's BIG TEXAS BLUES program?

Email (no texts, messages to this blog or Facebook posts accepted) your gigs for the upcoming week NO LATER THAN Tuesday Evening to: bluelisablues@aol.com

Please include the following:
Your name * Band Name (if Applicable) * If it is full band gig, solo or duo * Name of Venue * City Venue is located in * Time your show starts and ends

Remember - this is a BLUES calendar posted on a BLUES blog and read on a BLUES radio show, so please only include BLUES gigs. Also, only include shows within the Dallas/Ft Worth/N Texas area.

Friday, September 01, 2017

RELIEF AND RESOURCES FOR MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY





Below is the information I read last night on BIG TEXAS BLUES about help and resources available specifically for musicians and artists affected by Hurricane Harvey. 

It includes ways to donate to these musician and artist specific relief efforts as well as information for musicians and artists seeking assistance.

Please share this with fellow musicians, artists, friends, family, co-workers and anyone else that has connections with musicians and artists. 

Texas Strong * Texas Proud * Texans for Texans

For Immediate Release
August 30, 2017
CONTACT
Texas Music Office
Resources For Texas Music Artists (& Music Business Professionals) Affected By Hurricane Harvey
4 non-profits (The Recording Academy's MusiCares, Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and SoundExchange) all announce initiatives to get relief funds - & digital royalties - to evacuees and and hurricane victims.


MUSICARES® ANNOUNCES RELIEF RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS & MUSIC BIZ PROFESSIONALS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY 
MusiCares® announced the establishment of a relief fund to support members of the music community affected by the recent devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Assistance includes basic living expenses such as shelter, food, utilities, and transportation; medical expenses, including doctor and hospital bills, and medications; clothing; instrument and recording equipment replacement; relocation costs; home repairs; debris removal; and more. To donate to the fund, visit grammy.com/musicares/donations and choose "Hurricane Relief" in the gift designation drop-down menu.
Texas music artists - and music business professionals - seeking assistance can contact the South Regional MusiCares office:
MusiCares' services are completely confidential.
Applicants must be able to document participation in one of the following areas:
At least 5 years of employment in the music industry
At least 6 commercially released recordings (singles)
At least 6 commercially or promotionally released music videos
The Recording Academy has also implemented a Hurricane Harvey employee donation program, which matches donations made by its staff dollar-for-dollar up to $20,000. Previous’ disaster relief efforts were also organized for victims of the Gulf and Nashville floods, as well as Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina.
ABOUT MUSICARES
A friend and ally of the music community, MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. A four-star charity and safety net in times of need, MusiCares offers confidential preventative, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues. Through the generosity of our donors and volunteer professionals, our dedicated team works across the country to ensure the music community has the resources and support it needs.

Houston Arts Alliance
HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF
Emergency Resources + Shelter
Houston Arts Alliance has been following the devastation created by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. We hope you are reading this message somewhere safe. 
If your arts organization has been impacted by Harvey and/or subsequent flooding, please email HAA Grants Director Richard Graber or call him at 713-581-6136
We understand that you may not yet know the extent of the damages you have sustained (or, in some cases, will sustain), but please check in with your organization name; your name, title, and contact information; and any information you have so far about your organization's impacted property. If you are aware of other arts organizations affected by Harvey, please let us know and we'll follow up with them. Professional artists, we'd like to hear from you, too.
Whether you live in the city or just know someone who needs assistance, please click here for information on shelters and emergency resources:

Texas Commission on the Arts
Our sister agency the Texas Commission on the Arts recently released a statement (on the same page as the Houston Arts Alliance's statement) asking arts organizations and artists in affected areas to check in:
“We are working with the National Endowment for the Arts to assess the impact of Hurricane Harvey on the arts field in Texas. If your arts organization has been impacted by Harvey and/or subsequent flooding, please email TCA Deputy Director Jim Bob McMillan. We understand that you may not yet know the extent of the damages you have sustained (or, in some cases, will sustain), but please check in with your organization name; your name, title, and contact information; and any information you have so far about your organization’s impacted property. If you are aware of other arts organizations affected by Harvey, please let us know and we’ll follow up with them. Professional artists, we’d like to hear from you, too."

SoundExchange Reaches Out to Help Texas Flood Victims
For members based in Houston and throughout the Gulf Coast, SoundExchange wants to make sure you receive your royalties in this time of tragedy. 
SoundExchange's Senior Director of Artist and Industry Relations Linda Bloss-Baum sent the Texas Music Office a statement today that reads:
"Our next royalty distribution will be made in late September.  If you currently receive your SoundExchange royalties via physical checks, you can update your account so we can send you your royalties via Direct Deposit. We hope this makes it easier for you to access your royalties at this difficult time. To update your account, please complete our Direct Deposit form.
"We will also need either a voided check OR a bank authorization letter. The bank authorization letter should be on bank letterhead with your account information (routing number and account number). It should indicate the name on the account, and be signed by a bank official.
"We have a dedicated member of our industry relations team standing by to expedite getting our artists and rights holders set up to receive their royalties via direct deposit.  Please send the form and support document to tiarap@soundexchange.com and we will rush to get it processed for you."
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The Texas Music Office (TMO) is a state-funded business promotion office and information clearinghouse for the Texas music industry. The TMO assists more than 15,000 individual clients each year. Under mandate from the Texas Legislature, the office "promotes the development of the music industry in the state by informing members of that industry and the public about the resources available in the state for music production." 
State of Texas, Office of the Governor, Texas Music Office
Texas Music Office • P.O. Box 13246 • Austin, Texas 78711 •
(512) 463-6666

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