Merger maintains mission to help ailing musicians

The two leading musician assistance programs are joining forces — the Recording Industry’s MusiCares Foundation has acquired Musicians’ Assistance Program (MAP).

Orgs will combine under the MusiCares name, and a vital fund will be maintained bearing the MAP name and supporting its long-standing mission.

MAP helps music industry members receive treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. MusiCares also covers addiction as well asaddressing other financial, medical and personal crises.

The merger will become official over the next several weeks and the transition is expected to be completed in the fall.

“The late Buddy Arnold and his wife Carole Fields Arnold made MAP a remarkable and unique resource for the music community to get help,” said John Branca, MAP board member and partner at Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, Fischer, Gilbert-Lurie, Stiffelman & Cook. “Buddy and Carole’s vision and mission will continue to live through this partnership.”

MusiCares was established in 1989, MAP got its start in ’92.

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