These Two Women Are Helping Puerto Rican Artists Recover After Hurricane Maria’s Destruction

by Lydia Wang

Music heals – and musicians do, too. In the wake of Hurricane Maria’s devastation and damage this fall, Puerto Rican artists in New York are sending grants to their independent counterparts based on the island.

Puerto Rico Independent Musicians and Artists (PRIMA) was founded by musicians Ani Cordero and singer Raquel Berrios of the indie-electronic duo Buscabulla. In a press release, Berrios described the destruction Maria caused Puerto Rico’s vibrant music scene and her fear of “a whole generation of musical culture…washed away with the waters of Hurricane Maria.”

“We want to support the music community and preserve it,” Berrios wrote. “And the first step is to provide emergency financial aid.”

PRIMA has been providing $500 “micro-grants” to musicians, sound engineers, videographers, and also writers, photographers, and web designers involved in the community. The funds will help artists who have lost not only their equipment and studios but their homes and means of income.

Learn more about the initiative or make a donation on PRIMA’s website.

Top photo via Buscabulla

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