Music City Cares Fund Gets Boost From Starbucks Foundation, Sends More Grants to Aid Las Vegas Victims


NASHVILLE, TN — One of the world’s most established brand names has joined in our nationwide relief efforts for victims of the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas.

The Starbucks Foundation has made a generous gift to the Music City Cares Fund, established by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee after 58 people were killed and roughly 500 wounded at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1 on the Las Vegas Strip. About 22,000 fans were in attendance at the three-day country music festival at the time of the shooting.

The Starbucks Foundation also included the Music City Cares Fund within their mobile app for several days and has set up a donation key for their customers to give to the Fund at any of its 9,000 Starbucks stores nationwide.

The Community Foundation continues to send grants to Las Vegas-area nonprofits helping victims of the mass shooting. The nonprofits thus far are:

Grants to hospitals have gone toward “paying down” the bills of victims being treated. The Fund also has been helping the Country Music Association and other musicians on call to identify places where they can visit those who have been wounded. Other nonprofits have been providing mental, physical, emotional and legal support to victims.

The Las Vegas Sun reported that 26 victims listed in critical condition remained in Las Vegas area hospitals as of Tuesday.

The Family Assistance Center established at the Las Vegas Convention Center has helped nearly 1,100 people with mental health counseling, victim advocacy, legal aid and other services, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday.


Donations to the Music City Cares Fund are fully tax-deductible, and 100% of the donations will go to nonprofits providing for the immediate and long-term needs of victims in the shooting.

Support to the Music City Cares Fund from across the country and the Nashville and entertainment community has included:

  • Proceeds from Kings of Leon October 5 concert at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas;
  • Proceeds from Nashville Gives Back: A Benefit Concert for Las Vegas October 9 show at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge;
  • Proceeds from Maren Morris’ new song “Dear Hate,” featuring Vince Gill;
  • Proceeds from Project 615’s “Today is the Day to Be Kind” t-shirt sales;
  • A generous donation from Chris and Morgane Stapleton;
  • Publicity from the Country Music Association and the Visit Music City candlelight vigil on October 2 at Ascend Amphitheater;

And generous donors like you. Thank you.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit

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