While the musicians who are headlining the Grammy Awards often appear to lead glamorous lives, that hasn’t always been the case for many of them, nor is it the case for the musician community as a whole.
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In a profession that almost never comes with health insurance or a steady paycheck, musicians who fall upon hard times are often faced with losing everything. When that happens, the Musicares foundation is often there, providing musicians with resources and funding to overcome obstacles and get back to performing. It recently created a fund to help musicians affected by Hurricane Sandy with everything from getting new equipment to getting basic necessities like food, shelter and clothing.
To help raise money, MusiCares often holds fundraisers using signed guitars and memorabilia from popular artists. One place those items are collected is the Grammy Foundation. It starts collecting records, guitars and other memorabilia related to the artists performing as soon as the Grammy nominees are announced. It collects additional items on a table set up offstage during rehearsals for the Grammys broadcast, where artists can stop by to autograph them. The items are then auctioned off on eBay the day after the show.
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One group that has benefited from MusiCares in the past is the Lumineers, a band that’s up for the award for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammy Awards.
A little over a year ago, the Denver-based group was traveling in L.A. and had their van broken into. The second time the group had been robbed (the first is mentioned in the group’s song Slow It Down), most of their instruments were stolen, which could have meant the end for the group.
MusiCares stepped in, and along with help from other sources such as PledgeMusic, the group was able to get new equipment, continue touring, and a little over a year later, make their way to another stage in L.A.: The Grammys.
After their rehearsal Thursday, the Lumineers enthusiastically stopped by the table and signed a record that will be auctioned off Monday, symbolically helping to pay back the organization that helped play a role in their success.
A MusiCares rep told us that most musicians make a point to stop by, and are happy to take a few minutes to do something that could mean a lot for another musician in need.
In addition to individual items, MusiCares has also had artists sign a “Greenroom book” for the Grammys. Ultimately a leather-bound book that will include most of not all of the famous names that attend the show Sunday, MusiCares expected to raise close to $10k with the book’s sale.
Check out the gallery below for a look at some of the items MusiCares will be auctioning off Monday. You can check out the full auction on Monday here.
This story originally published on Mashable here.