ASCAP's thoughts are with the millions who were, and continue to be, affected by Hurricane Sandy, especially those who have lost or suffered damage to their homes and businesses.
We know ASCAP distributions are especially important to our members who have been impacted by the storm. Despite extreme conditions and the unprecedented five-day closure of ASCAP's office in New York, we are happy to report that our distribution team didn't miss a beat. ASCAP's international distribution will go out as scheduled on Monday, November 12th. If you currently receive your distributions by check and believe your mail will be disrupted by the storm, please call ASCAP Member Services at 1-800-95-ASCAP by Friday, November 9th. We will do everything possible to get your check to you through alternate channels. If you currently receive your ASCAP distributions via direct deposit, Hurricane Sandy won't impact your distribution as long as your bank details remain unchanged. We urge all members to sign up for Direct Deposit.
Before, during and after the storm, ASCAP staff worked round-the-clock through alternate processes put in place for situations like these. As a result, they continued to process foreign and domestic performances to minimize disruption to members' royalty payments. Staff were able to guarantee that the over $100 million of ASCAP international royalties would go out to our members on time, and that the December publisher and January writer domestic distributions will remain on schedule. In total, over 80 people in the distribution and repertory departments put in an impressive 1,300 hours of work.
"It was a great team effort," commented ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento. "Our New York staff persevered through some of the most extreme conditions the tri-state area has ever seen. The dedication of our employees ensured that payments, which so many of our members rely upon, remained uninterrupted."
In times of tragedy, we understand it may be difficult to find the help that you need. That's why we want to provide our members and all music creators with as much helpful information as possible. Below, please find a list of resources music creators can utilize to get back on their feet.
EMERGENCY RESOURCES FOR MUSIC CREATORS
Please note: If any of your work or live/work space has been damaged, take pictures and keep receipts of whatever you spend during this time. Self-employed people are eligible for "disaster unemployment insurance" in areas where a federal declaration of disaster has been issued. About.com explains more here.
If you had a policy with MusicPro Insurance and you need to make a claim, please contact 1-800-MUSIC-PRO or visit their website.
MusiCares Hurricane Sandy Relief
MusiCares has established a fund to support members of the music community affected by the recent devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Emergency Grants List
Jazz Foundation of America
From performance opportunities to emergency living expenses to medical care to housing, the Jazz Foundation offers a variety of programs and assistance for jazz and blues musicians in need.
Small Business Disaster Relief Loans
Federal: Small Business Administration
New York City: Department of Small Business Services has set up a Sandy recovery website. For more information about the loans, call 311 and ask for NYC Business Solutions.
Mail Service Affected by Hurricane Sandy
Visit the US Postal Service website to determine if you are in an area where service is limited or suspended.
The Actors Fund
The Actors Fund is working hard to respond quickly to requests for emergency financial assistance and to help ensure the safety of the entertainment community. Whether you need emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, health care, supplemental employment or counseling, The Fund exists to meet ASCAP member’s needs with a unique understanding of the challenges involved in a life in the arts.
ASCAP members in need of emergency financial assistance should visit www.actorsfund.org to download an application for the Superstorm Sandy Emergency Assistance Fund. In addition, ASCAP members can reach The Actors Fund for help at these phone numbers:
The Actors Fund New York Offices: 212-221-7300 ext. 119
Please call to speak with our professional social workers who can offer counseling and support groups, financial assistance and practical help, completely confidential and free of charge.
The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic in Manhattan: 212-489-1939
Please call for eligibility requirements or to make an appointment.
The Actors Fund Work Program: 212-354-5480
Please call for assistance with employment and sideline work.
The Fund’s free and confidential services and programs can help you as an ASCAP member to maintain and pursue your career while obtaining the support you need, knowing you are part of a caring community.