In August of 2018, Kyle Pavone, vocalist for up-and-coming metalcore act We Came As Romans, lost his life to what was later revealed to be a fatal overdose. In response, Kyle’s parents started the Kyle Pavone Foundation, an organization focused on helping musicians dealing with addiction and mental health issues. Now, the Foundation have announced a new scholarship program which will tackle another ongoing problem within the rock and metal world — COVID-19.
The Kyle Pavone Foundation has now announced the Kyle Cares Scholarship, which will seek to aid musicians dealing with hardship from the coronavirus who are in need of financial aid to help with mental/physical health, substance abuse treatment, nutrition/food deficits, or housing
“In honor of our son Kyle Pavone, we wanted to do something that would help musicians during this time of great need,” said Vince and Caroline Pavone, parents of Kyle Pavone, according to Blabbermouth. “Even under normal circumstances, the life of a musician can be a lot to handle, and the current situation we’re living in only amplifies that struggle. We thought the best thing we could do, what Kyle would want us to do, is to help musicians who are facing difficult times because of circumstances that are beyond their control.”
“Since Kyle’s passing, we’ve always said that the opposite of addiction is connection,” the Pavones added. “If we can help even just one musician get through these tough times, stay connected to loved ones and help them continue to pursue their dreams, then we’ve done something Kyle would be proud of.”
The site lists the following conditions for applicants:
- The applicant must be a member of an independent performing band
- The applicant is not eligible for unemployment
- The applicant is in need of resources to address one or more of the following:
- Support for mental health or physical health services and/or treatment
- To support drug/alcohol abuse treatment
- To assist with nutrition and/or food deficits to support health
- To maintain housing and prevent homelessness
Interested applicants can apply for the scholarship via the Foundation’s website.
Words by Chris Krovatin