The Recording Industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) Announces $2.2 Million in Community Grants to Support Live Music Online and In-Person Without Entry Across North America

NEW YORK, May 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The MPTF has announced plans to significantly increase annual grant distribution — now $2.2 million to communities in the United States and Canada — to fund free live musical performances from 1st May, 2021. Plans signal a wait for in-person events to return as the COVID-19 pandemic begins to abate. To help ensure the safe return of live music, the MPTF encourages local union representatives from the American Federation of Musicians to work with state and local health officials to implement the Centers for Disease Control of United States and the Public Health Agency of Canadaadapting to the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.

The pandemic has devastated much of the traditional live music program since mid-March 2020. During this time, the MPTF created an initiative that generated more than 700 free events by professional musicians broadcast live throughout North Americasupporting communities with more than $1 million in grants to pay musicians for their services. The MPTF also established a Music Family Scholarship which, in its first year, awarded $100,000 to 125 children professional musicians pursuing studies after high school.

The grants fund performances related to music education, concerts in senior centers and assisted living facilities, municipal series and programs in parks. Grants are available and events are coordinated by local unions of the American Federation of Musicians. Since the creation of the MPTF nearly 75 years ago, in alliance with the AFM and its local members, countless performances by professional musicians have delighted audiences through North America. The MPTF and its signatory record labels Warner Music Group, Sony Music, Universal Music Group and Walt Disney Records provided essential support to these dedicated individuals who place the art and craft of live music above all else.

MPTF co-sponsored events include a myriad of live musical performances of all musical genres in communities across North America as well as larger special events such as Stars in the Alley, French Quarter Festival and Make Music Day, to name a few.

“We can’t wait to bring back some free live music“, declared Dan Beck, MPTF Trustee. “We all now understand better what these events mean for our local traditions and cultures. We believe that businesses, arts organizations and municipal governments will host more events to bring energy and life back to their towns and cities.

The MPTF is a 501(c)3 non-profit public service organization whose mission is to support free live events performed by professional musicians across the United States and Canada. While strengthening our commitment at revive the musical arts, the MPTF will work with our grantees to follow local guidelines for safe practices. Most MPTF performances are presented with community co-sponsors, including businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities.

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SOURCE Music Performance Trust Fund