Within a few days of the storm that devastated much of the Nashville community in May 2010, MusiCares announced our relief efforts to help the hundreds of music people affected. Many music people in Nashville lost their homes, personal belongings, cars, instruments, and gear. Some were displaced and had nowhere to go. Given that the disaster took everyone by complete surprise and was considered unprecedented, most people who suffered losses did not have flood insurance, so their belongings weren't covered.
Through the MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief Fund efforts, MusiCares distributed close to $1 million to more than 500 individuals in need. Funds were distributed for basic needs, including food, clothing, gasoline, and transportation, clean-up efforts, relocation costs, medicine, and other critical supplies. Through the Music Rising program, in partnership with the Gibson Foundation, MusiCares was able to repair or replace instruments lost in the flood.