ReTune Nashville Donates $50,000 to MusiCares© Nashville Flood Relief

ReTune Nashville Donates $50,000 to MusiCares© Nashville Flood Relief
Brings total donation to $62,000 for musicians affected by the 2010 flood

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (June 8, 2011) – ReTune Nashville presented a $50,000 check to MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief for musicians flood relief in an intimate presentation this morning at the MusiCares South Regional office in Nashville.

This distribution of funds is the result of one year of flood relief efforts led by ReTune Nashville volunteers logging nearly 9,000 hours of volunteer time with more than 50 volunteers. In one year, ReTune Nashville has activated 81 visual artists, received flood damaged gear from more than 25 donating musicians and companies, experienced the generosity of 18 music artists with accompanying musicians and crew, welcomed the support of roughly 80 sponsoring businesses and individuals, and completed two highly successful fundraising events to help uninsured musicians with their flood recovery efforts.

ReTune Nashville Founder Sheri O’Neal shares her sentiments on the donation and the sense of community this movement evoked:

“It shows that a simple little idea can go a long way to help others. Most of the money raised came from our Nashville community and I am proud to be living in a town that is so giving. I am grateful for the support of our art community and our 81 visual artists who created beautiful, unique art pieces for the project. I am grateful for the local businesses and individual sponsors, specifically Soundcheck, who gave in a way that kept us from having to spend any of the money we raised from the sale of art on expenses to keep this project moving forward. I am both humbled and grateful to those musicians who suffered from the flood yet still gave to us in hopes of helping. And I feel blessed that I was able to have such wonderful volunteers support this project, many from the very beginning, giving back and expecting nothing in return. It feels good knowing we have not only helped so many people but also kept items out of our landfills through recycling.”

This donation supplements the initial $12,000 previously donated to MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief and the Nashville Musicians Association Flood Relief Fund in December 2010, bringing the total to $62,000 donated by ReTune Nashville for musicians’ flood relief.

MusiCares Executive Director Debbie Carroll commented on the donation and importance of monetary support, “Without the generosity and support of individuals and organizations such as ReTune, our work in providing support to the music industry after the devastating Nashville flood of 2010, would not be possible. ReTune’s donation will make a tremendous difference in the lives of many music people and their families who are still struggling from this disaster.”

ReTune Nashville was also able to put physical instruments back into the hands of musicians with support from instrument manufacturers and businesses including DW Drums, PRS Guitars and Ed Beaver Guitars.

In April, ReTune Nashville interviewed 20 musicians, capturing their flood experience stories on film and how they have recovered with the assistance of organizations like ReTune Nashville, MusiCares and the Nashville Musicians Association. Their stories can be viewed online on ReTune Nashville’s YouTube.

ReTune Nashville will continue to serve as a resource for musicians, but at this time has ended its flood relief efforts. People wanting to still provide support can donate directly to MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief. Recovery funds are still available to musicians, songwriters and music entertainers impacted by the May 2010 flood. Applications for assistance can be downloaded from the MusiCares website,, or by contacting the MusiCares South Regional office at (615) 327-0050 or toll-free at (877) 626-2748.

About ReTune Nashville:
Founded as a non-profit organization in May 2010 by Nashville photographer Sheri ONeal, ReTune Nashville exists with a mission to provide relief to uninsured musicians through the sale of artwork created from flood damaged musical gear. The proceeds from the sale of artwork are donated to MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief and the Nashville Musicians Association Flood Relief Fund for distribution to uninsured musicians.

About MusiCares
Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.

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