Keith Vivens - Bass w/Project KDK, HSPVA Reunion Band
I contacted Boyd Bluestein of the Musicians Benevolent Society with hopes of receiving a grant based on my career hardships due to the disappearing revenue after Hurricane Harvey. He was very easy to work with, and followed through with everything promised. I want to personally thank him and the organization for helping to relieve me during tough times.
Randy Wall - Keyboards w/Pigs On The Wall, Commercial Art, Potroast, The Hightailers, Wire Road Studio, SugarHill Studio
After Hurricane Harvey, the only thing that dried up were gigs. With the city in shambles, and many communities isolated by flooding, the performance venues closed, some for over two weeks. As a fulltime musician, this unscheduled interuption in revenue put us in a real bind. I reached out to the Musicians Benevolent Society of Houston, and they came through with enough funds to keep me out of deep water with my most important creditor. I am most grateful for their assistance.
Allen Williams - Drummer, Percussionist with various bands on a freelance basis. Primary employment is as Music Instructor at the British International School of Houston.
As an already displaced New Orleanian after Hurricane Katrina, the rent house we were staying in was flooded by Huricane Harvey. This horrible circumstance was compounded by an illness my wife caught while we were forced to live in the shelter.
She had to be hospitalized, and between unexpected expenses associated with the hurricane, decreased performance income, and medical bills, we found ourselves in a financial storm. I reached out to numerous sources, and the Musicians Benevolent Society was most helpful.
Not only did they provide a quick commitment to help, they followed up when they hadn't heard back from me. The hopsital bill which I feared took several months to arrive, and when it did, I was directed to send a copy with personal identifying information marked out. The amount promised was promptly paid giving me and my family some much needed peace of mind.
The Musicians Benevolent Society of Houston will strive to provide essential funding for profesional musicians from all genres who help make up the rich cultural fabric of the great city of Houston, Texas.