The MusiCares Foundation, Inc., was established in 1989 by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Meant for musicians to have a place to turn in times of financial, personal, or medical crisis, its primary purpose is to focus the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues which directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. The foundation's programs include emergency financial assistance, addiction recovery, outreach and leadership activities, and senior housing.
The MusiCares Person of the Year is an award presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the same organization that distributes the Grammy Awards, to commend musicians for their artistic achievement in the music industry and dedication to philanthropy. The award's name reflects the non-profit health care organization known as MusiCares, established by the academy "to provide health and medical assistance to needy musicians". Chosen by the MusiCares Foundation, award recipients are honored during "Grammy week" (a string of galas just prior to the annual Grammy Awards ceremony) with an "all-star" tribute concert that helps to raise money for the foundation.
Carole King was honored as the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year tonight, Jan. 24, and Lady Gaga attended and performed at the 24th annual benefit gala dinner and concert with a cover of Carole King’s song “You've Got a Friend”.
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Bob Dylan was honored as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year tonight, Feb. 6, and Lady Gaga with Tony Bennett attended the 25th annual benefit gala dinner.