The purpose of “Music Pays My Rent” apparel line is to bring awareness to the fact that many individuals make a living in the music industry. Although pursuing music usually begins as a hobby and/or passion, when it’s translated into a career it’s still the way we pay the rent – just like any other profession! From artists, to songwriters, to producers, to stage hands, to managers, and so many more, every hand in this industry works together for a greater goal: to bring entertainment, happiness, and connection to people through music. This is a very tough time for many industries, especially music. So many shows are being cancelled which affects not only the artist, but thousands of people that depend on their paycheck from live shows. Whether you’re in the music industry or not, by repping one of our merch items you’re celebrating music as a career and giving back! 10% of all profits will be going to MusiCares which 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. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly influence the health and welfare of the music community.
Katy DuBois is a singer songwriter (half of the duo Maybe April) who started her lifestyle apparel brand Music Pays My Rent at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. As you know, most musicians rely on tips and the little money they get from gigging around town to support themselves. Outside of the music industry, I don’t think a lot of people realize this.Music Pays My Rent is trying to bring attention to that. 10% of profits are also donated to the MusiCares foundation (Covid-19 relief fund). Katy also features local performers on the MPMR instagram pages, where they tell stories about how hard they work for their money and what music means to them.