The Mac Miller Fund is making a huge donation to music programs for teens at a Pittsburgh YMCA.
The foundation, which was originally called the Mac Miller Circles Fund, is gifting $100,000 to the YMCA Lighthouse Project, CBS2 reports. The grant will be paid over a three-year period and will aid in the restoration of the Tuff Sound Recording Apprenticeship Program. The grant will also help the YMCA Lighthouse Project maintain operations and train teenagers to become sound engineers.
“He cared very much about working to make the world a kinder place and we will continue to do just that,” his family said in a statement.
The foundation was announced last year following the tragic death of the rapper in September.
In October, the tribute concert Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life was held to benefit the newly launched fund, which supports youth arts and community-building programs through the Pittsburgh Foundation. With performances by Chance the Rapper, SZA, John Mayer, Anderson .Paak, and others at L.A.'s Greek Theatre, the tribute show raised about $350,000. The Mac Miller Fund has since raised almost $1 million to help give teens a future in music.
In a recent interview with Vulture, Pharrell touched on Mac's music and a project they were working on together called Pink Slime. Although it never materialized in its entirety, Pharrell recalls the experience of creating music with Mac.
“I just remember him being a fan of music and wanting to go deeper and challenge himself,” Pharrell said. “He was really independent in the rap game, but he liked Tribe and all the jazzy shit, and he liked a lot of the stuff we did that’s jazz-influenced, rap records that had those kinds of colors and chords. And he wanted to know more about it. He wanted people to know that there was way more to him than his indie-rap success. He wanted people to know the layers and the depth of his potential.”