Aerosmith Named 2020 MusiCares ‘Person of the Year’ for Five Decades of Philanthropic Work

Aerosmith abides by the adage “Dream On.” The band’s getting the top honor as philanthropic heroes. The award comes nearly 50 years into their rock careers. Fans all over the world say, “it’s about time.”

What is MusiCares?

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Brad Whitford, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith | Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Janie’s Fund

According to the Grammy Recording Academy website, MusiCares “provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need.”

“MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality.”

The foundation “focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly influence the health and welfare of the music community.”

According to Deborah Dugan, President/CEO of MusiCares and the Recording Academy, “The Person of the Year gala is the pinnacle of the essential work that MusiCares is doing year-round, and it’s truly magical in the way that it unites and galvanizes our community and inspires others to take action on their own.”

The foundation has saved lives for 30 years. “We are thrilled to pay tribute to one of the most beloved bands of all time,” she said.

“Aerosmith has walked the walk when it comes to raising funds to impact music people in recovery. It is sure to be an amazing evening.”

Why is Aerosmith Musicares’ Person of the Year?

In an announcement photo posted by Aerosmith on Instagram, the caption read in part: “We are beyond thrilled to celebrate this honor with MusiCares, the @RecordingAcademy and our music community at the 30th annual Person of the Year gala — we’re gonna rock and save lives!” 

Aerosmith previously won four Grammys, so it’s only fitting they’re honored two nights before the 62nd Grammy Awards. The evening also marks the 30th Anniversary MusiCares benefit gala.

“Aerosmith will be recognized for their considerable philanthropic efforts over five decades and undeniable impact on American music history,” the statement said. 

“Over the years, Aerosmith has shown support for a number of charity organizations around the world, including MusiCares and vocalist Steven Tyler’s philanthropic initiative Janie’s Fund, which supports young women who’ve suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect.”

Janie’s Fund was created by lead singer, Steven Tyler, in partnership with Youth Villages. Their mission is “to bring hope and healing to girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect.”

Lyrics in the hit Aerosmith song from the ’80s, “Janie’s Got a Gun,” provide a voice to those suffering in silence. His goal is to ensure “vulnerable girls will have an enduring voice for years to come.”

What else is Aerosmith working on?

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Their incredible musical catalog is unparalleled. More dates have been added to their Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency through June 2020.

If you catch a show, you’ll hear hits like “Dream On,” “Cryin’,” and “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing.”

Looks like Aerosmith still has “What It Takes” to make the “Same Old Song and Dance” look good. Sorry, not sorry.