New York, NY (September 1, 2017)—Relief efforts continue for this week’s historic flooding of Houston, TX, and extends to the region’s pro audio and musical community as well. As we previously reported, numerous live sound providers were affected, as were manufacturers. Now, numerous organizations are mobilizing to help out.
Dan Workman of SugarHill Studios in Houston told Pro Sound News that MusiCares, a charity of the Recording Academy, has been involved in efforts from the start. “The Recording Academy's charitable foundation, MusiCares, reached out to Texas music professionals in need before the storm was even over!” he said. SugarHill itself survived with minimal impact, he said, noting, “We did not have any flooding, and we only experienced a few small roof leaks. We never lost power, and we have clients mixing in Studio A right now. We were extremely lucky; the lack of high winds saved us.”
Of course, not everyone was as fortunate, and as Workman noted, MusiCares has been mobilizing to help musicians and audio pros cover basic living expenses, medical expenses, instrument and recording equipment replacement, and more. Musicians and music professionals can request disaster relief by contacting the South Regional MusiCares office at 615.327.0050 or toll-free at 877.626.2748, or by submitting an application [download at https://www.grammy.com/sites/com/files/mc_disaster_relief_app.pdf].
Teaming with MusicCares, Guitar Center is asking customers to donate, matching every contribution in total, up to $25,000, and all the donations will go directly to MusiCares. Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the Recording Academy and MusiCares, said in a statement, “We have worked with Guitar Center in the past to provide much needed resources when the Gulf Coast hurricanes struck in 2005 and again in 2010 to assist with Nashville Flood relief efforts, so it's comforting to know how effective and efficient our alliance is in providing help and hope to music people in need.”
While SugarHill is still running, many facilities are not. As Workman noted, “All of our engineers and staff were equally lucky [as the studio], although all of us know people who lost homes, cars, and in some cases, everything. Houston’s music community is already responding to the needs of musicians, venues and fans in need.”
Proving that point, LD Systems, the region’s largest production services/systems integrator, reached out to its community on Facebook, posting a photo of pallets of supplies in its production warehouse, noting, “Ok LD family!! We are ready with cleaning supplies, fans, wet/dry vacs, food, water, Gatorade, mops and tons of other stuff!!! Call me; we have drivers on standby to deliver them to you!!”
Likewise, Wire Road Studios posted its status, noting, “Wire Road is up and running! Everything is high and dry and all staff are fine. The doors are open for your audio and music needs! Our sincerest sympathies to those suffering due to Harvey. Let us know if we can help!”
Barron Studios, too, is back up and running, though some staffers lost vehicles to the water. The facility aimed to get back to business and give back to the community at the same time, tweeting yesterday, “Donate 100 diapers & 12oz of formula to get 50% off any session Sept 1 - Sept 4. Yup, 1hr session or 4hr sessions are 1/2 price w/ donation.”
Wire Road Studios