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Mac Miller Fund Announces First Grant Recipients

Pittsburgh, Los Angeles based programs will receive funds in honor of the late rapper.

The Mac Miller Fund, named in honor of the late Pittsburgh rapper, has named its first grantees.

According to the Post-Gazette, the Hope Academy of Music and Arts and "MusiCares," a charity of the Recording Academy, will receive $50,000 grants from the Fund.

The Fund honors Mac Miller, born Malcolm McCormick, who died last September of an accidental overdose at the age of 26. Miller, a Pittsburgh native, reached global stardom through his music. His final album "Swimming" was released in August 2018, and he was posthumously nominated for Best Rap Album at the Grammy's.

The Hope Academy in East Liberty exposes children to music education at an early age. Photo courtesy Hope Academy.

The Hope Academy in East Liberty will use the grant to expand its Suzuki Music Program. The program introduces young children to musical education and training starting at a young age.

MusiCares, based in Los Angeles, will establish the Mac Miller Legacy Fund to help young adults struggling with substance abuse.

Miller's family established the fund after his death. In November, a "Celebration of Life" benefit concert was held in Los Angeles, featuring performances by Chance the Rapper, Travis Scott, John Mayer, SZA and other music superstars.

Mac Miller Fund will help fund music education initiatives and support aspiring artists in underserved communities. Photo courtesy @macmiller on Instagram.

The fund's mission is to support "programming, resources and opportunities to youth from underserved communities, helping them recognize their full potential through exploration in the arts and community building."

For more information or to support the Mac Miller Fund, you can click here.

Feature image courtesy @macmiller on Instagram.

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