The issue is tragic. This year, MusiCares, which was established by the Recording Academy, and its MAP (Musicians' Assistance Program) fund are focusing on helping women find help via a kick-off concert/fundraiser in Los Angeles on May 7 and a yearlong, nationwide PSA campaign targeting women.
Former first lady Betty Ford and the Betty Ford Center will be saluted during the concert at Club Nokia. Her daughter, Susan Ford Bales, will be on hand to accept the award. An all-star lineup will perform to raise funds, including Charlotte Caffey and Kathy Valentine of the Go Go's, Bow Wow Wow's Annabella Lwin, Beth Hart and Slash, former Hole drummer Patty Schemel, Lemmy from Motorhead, Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, Paul Ill and Linda Perry. Samantha Ronson will DJ live in memory of the late DJ AM, who struggled and died of addiction and DJed the event last year.