Artists Around the World Join Forces for EraseCOVID PSA Art Series Benefiting MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

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With live music paused around the world as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it begged the question: What are the artists who design pieces like concert posters doing during this time? Turns out, many of them are joining forces for EraseCOVID, a new effort bringing together timely works from graphic artists, illustrators, artists and designers.

There’s now a EraseCOVID website offering up prints, postcards and other versions of this art, with proceeds benefiting MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund.

More on EraseCOVID, from a news release:

The campaign was started by San Diego-based artist Michael Buchmiller, who has designed concert posters and packaging for bands such as Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, The Replacements and Social Distortion. Buchmiller designed what he called “PSA Art that I’d like to own.” His designs combine safety information from the CDC and World Health Organization with world-class design sensibilities. He began reaching out to other artists to join him. Thus far the network has grown to 70 artists from 10 countries, and the list is growing. The artist network has created work for clients including The Beatles, Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Metallica, The Shins, Pharrell Williams, Spoon, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, and many more, as well as brands like Marvel, Disney, Pixar, Adidas, and others.

“When crises happen, artists make things as a response, and that’s how this started,” says Buchmiller. “After I designed some posters I reached out to other artists with the idea and it’s grown from there. We all care about giving back, and this lets us do that.”

More on EraseCOVID’s relationship with MusiCares:

The effort forged a relationship with MusiCares to support its COVID-19 Relief Fund. The fund provides direct assistance to artists and musicians who have lost work during the pandemic. “I got involved with EraseCOVID to help keep our musician counterparts on their feet during this pandemic,” says artist Elena Fox, best known for her time on the hit Food Network show Ace of Cakes, and a musician herself. “As creatives, we are in the unique position of being able to raise awareness and help those in need with our art.” Since it was founded in 1989, MusiCares has distributed more than $60 million to musicians and music people in need.

All profits from sales are split evenly between the artists, the printer, and the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.

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