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Welcome to the second installment of MMI's Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interview series!

Today, MMI Works student intern Aa'liyah and Relief Fund recipient LaDarryl chat about LaDarryl's song Thank You— a toast to the money and opportunities that have been lost to the pandemic, but that will return one day. Because “This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.”

LaDarryl's song was commissioned through MMI's 2020 Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund last May. Take a few moments to learn what inspired the piece, how LaDarryl was able to create during quarantine, and what he learned about himself in the process.

About the Emergency Relief Fund:

Back in April, MMI established the Fund to provide some short-term, immediate relief for the individual musicians, young people, and grassroots organizations who are part of our network of programs. In total, the Fund granted $98,450 to 11 organizations, 43 individual musicians, and 18 youth to replace lost income and support ongoing youth engagement during the pandemic.

Youth applicants were able to request a technology grant, or up to $300 for the creation of new artwork pieces created in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

In reviewing the submissions, we were humbled by these students’ thoughtfulness and creativity in responding to an unprecedented crisis. We know you will be, too.