This year's HAAM Benefit Day was one for the books. In September, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians raised over $520,000 during the 12th annual fundraiser.
HAAM focuses on providing healthcare services for low income and working class musicians of Austin. Each year, the celebrated organization holds its annual benefit day, during which Austin musicians perform at venues across town and local businesses pledge a percentage of the day’s earnings or make cash donations to HAAM. It's a big day for the organization, as one-third of HAAM's operating budget is generated from this event alone.
This year, HAAM broke the noteworthy record of $500,000 set in 2016 by nearly a quarter of a million dollars. More than 200 businesses participated in the fundraiser, including Whole Foods Market, C3 Presents, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Lyft.
“We are so grateful to be part of such a generous community that supports its beloved musicians,” said HAAM executive director Reenie Collins in a release. "Musicians come to us with new needs every day, and HAAM provides healthcare and a supportive hand to as many as we possibly can.”
Within the past 12 years, HAAM has helped over 4,400 musicians gain access to more than $44 million in healthcare services. It is through organizations like HAAM that Austin maintains its well-earned title of Live Music Capital of the World.