PLATINUM2023

MusiCares

aka MusiCares Foundation Inc.   |   Santa Monica, CA   |  www.musicares.org

Learn how to support this organization

Mission

MusiCares helps the humans behind music because music gives so much to the world. Offering preventive, emergency, and recovery programs, MusiCares is a safety net supporting the health and welfare of the music community. Founded by the Recording Academy in 1989 as a U.S. based, independent 501(c)(3) charity, MusiCares safeguards the well-being of all music people through direct financial grant programs, networks of support resources, and tailored crisis relief efforts.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Laura Segura

Main address

3030 Olympic Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90404 USA

Show more contact info

EIN

95-4470909

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Music (A68)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2022, 2021 and 2020.
Register now

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

MusiCares makes music a safer place. While a career in music may be coveted by the layman, the reality of living as an artist and/or working in the gig economy is not often glamorous. Save for a small minority, committing to one’s passion for music means sacrificing the insurance that comes with more traditional employment. But MusiCares offers this safety net, and as a result, saves lives. The impact reverberates throughout the music industry, and American and global culture at large. MusiCares also serves as a thought leader; destigmatizing mental health struggles, addiction recovery, and asking for help. Offering free preventive services and programs, MusiCares focuses on suicide prevention, hearing-loss prevention, smoking cessation, financial literacy, affordable medical and housing resources, and much more.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Financial Assistance

MusiCares provides the following programs to the music community: emergency financial assistance grants, health and human service referrals, counseling, educational workshops, panels/presentations, health fairs, and three regional toll-free help lines.

Population(s) Served
Adults

MusiCares provides emergency financial assistance to individuals within the music community facing addiction. This program provides funds, placement, and referrals for inpatient treatment, sober living, and more. MusiCares also provides free recovery resources like support groups, workshops, and panels, as well as 12-Step meetings backstage at music festivals and Narcan training to prevent overdose.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Many MusiCares clients face high out-of-pocket expenses for general medical care. A number of them admit to not having seen a doctor or a dentist in years. Our Healthy Essentials program presents a broad spectrum of primary care services at free monthly artists’ clinics. Services include flu shots, hearing tests, medical screenings, mammograms, and full dental examinations. Through innovative relationships with medical partners, we have been able to provide any necessary follow-up care free-of-charge or at significantly discounted rates. Healthy Essentials also presents a series of free educational workshops that cover topics of specific concern to music professionals such as financial wellness, legacy planning, health insurance, substance abuse, and vocal and hearing health.

Preventative care is the most highly sought after service among MusiCares clients: “We have health insurance but it doesn't cover the costs of routine care. It has been literally a decade since I have been to see a doctor. You have no idea how much your help and support means to me and my family…” We actively seek collaborative opportunities with local and national community organizations to extend our services. Our resources are maximized through partnerships with American Mobile Dental, the Country Doctor Community Clinic, Emory Voice Clinic, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary's Voice and Swallowing Institute, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Vanderbilt Voice Center, and individual healthcare specialists.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Certificate of Recognition 2012

Partnership at Drugfree.org

Certificate of Recognition 2012

City of Los Angeles

Certificate of Recognition 2011

Phoenix House

Promises Foundation Award for Distinguished Service in Recovery 2006

Mayor of Los Angeles

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of individuals who are receiving timely health/dental exams

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Adults, Substance abusers, People with disabilities, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Healthy Essentials

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

MusiCares offers preventive dental health screenings, these metrics apply to those dental screenings only. Numbers for 2021 were greatly affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

MusiCares provides free programming for the music community. We offer educational and preventive resources to raise awareness, dismantle stigma, and empower clients.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, People with diseases and illnesses, LGBTQ people, Economically disadvantaged people, Artists and performers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2020 and 2021 numbers account for MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

MusiCares helps the humans behind music because music gives so much to the world. Offering preventive, emergency, and recovery programs, MusiCares is a safety net supporting the health and welfare of the music community. Founded by the Recording Academy in 1989 as a U.S. based, independent 501(c)(3) charity, MusiCares safeguards the well-being of all music people through direct financial grant programs, networks of support resources, and tailored crisis relief efforts. For more information please visit: www.musicares.org

MusiCares provides a safety net of critical health and welfare services to the music community in three key areas: Mental Health & Addiction Recovery Services, Health Services, and Human Services.

MusiCares carries out its mission through three specialized teams:

1. Mental Health & Addiction Recovery Services: Support, referrals, and emergency financial assistance for counseling, psychiatric care, inpatient treatment, coaching, intensive outpatient care, sober living and more.

2. Health Services: Financial assistance during medical crises and preventive services such as dental and medical screenings, hearing clinics, vocal health workshops, and assistance obtaining low-cost health insurance.

3. Human Services: Support for basic living expenses like rent, utilities, car payments and insurance premiums in times of hardship, plus programs addressing affordable housing, career development, legal issues and senior services.


As MusiCares offers this comprehensive and holistic care, the expert staff practice MusiCares Values:

Service: We lead with compassion using expertise to offer customized support. We believe empathy and kindness within the music community heals all involved.

Inclusivity: We provide a sense of belonging in a meaningful, accessible community not just an industry. We unify all people behind music with the people who support them.

Empowerment: We uplift those facing challenges, creating a safe space to get advice, access resources, and be heard. We want the music community to thrive, not just survive.

Integrity: We are committed to our values and follow through on our promises. Clients and donors know they are safe with us.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

MusiCares
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

MusiCares

Board of directors
as of 10/31/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steve Boom

Amazon Music

Term: 2019 - 2023

Steve Boom

Ambrosia Healy

Jeff Harleston

Michael McDonald

Gabriel Abaroa

Christine Albert

Tuma Basa

Donna Caseine

Phylicia Fant

Ben Haggerty

Ali Harnell

Lalah Hathaway

Rob Light

Carianne Marshall

Harvey Mason jr.

Paul "PJ" Morton

Dr. Steven Shoptaw

Rita Wilson

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/10/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/21/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.