Magazine article International Musician

Emergency Relief: New AFM-ERF Coming Soon

Magazine article International Musician

Emergency Relief: New AFM-ERF Coming Soon

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During the last hurricane season, many will remember the three devastating storms that hit Texas (Harvey), Florida (Irma), and Puerto Rico (Maria). Pictures on the news showed the flooding and destructive wind damage that left many residents reeling from these storms. Homes, automobiles, and personal possessions were heavily damaged, not to mention musical instruments that were destroyed. Venue closings resulted in lost work for musicians. These hurricanes killed hundreds of people and caused more than $200 billion in damage.

Many AFM members wanted to donate money to help other AFM members adversely affected by these hurricanes. To facilitate donations, the AFM set up a Hurricane Relief Fund page so assistance could be distributed. Many generous donations were received, resulting in more than $40,000 to assist members. We received several applications from Texas and Florida, but very few relief fund applications from Puerto Rico. I know that many of our Puerto Rico members are still getting back on their feet, so we expect there are application submissions yet to come. If you were adversely affected by the hurricanes, had significant uninsured, uncompensated losses, were and are currently an AFM member in good standing, and have not applied for assistance, I urge you to do so.

However, hurricanes were not the only catastrophes that caused heavy losses for musicians. You may well remember the terrible California wildfires that swept through the San Francisco area and the hills surrounding Los Angeles. We received a request to help these AFM members as well. …

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