Editor's note: CultureMap is committed to shining a light on Austin-area nonprofits and their impact on our community. So, we're launching the first-ever CultureMap Austin Charity Challenge, highlighting deserving local organizations — one of which will become our charity partner for 2016 based on readers' votes. Get to know one of our eight finalists, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.
What would the Live Music Capital of the World be without its musicians? Local live music, despite enriching its community, has not been known to pay well. While the next big things wait on their big break, one organization seeks to keep them all in good health. One less concern on the mind of the troubadour is how to pay for health insurance, thanks to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM).
Providing relief for low-income working musicians, HAAM offers free or low-cost healthcare, including vision, dental, and even mental healthcare. In the music industry, where drug addiction and depression can strike, HAAM is a unique and necessary resource not only for the health of musicians, but for the health of the community.
HAAM is known around town for events like the Corporate Battle of the Bands, which gets business professionals into the groove, pitting musical hobbyists from big companies like Intel, H-E-B, and Seton Healthcare Family against one another, as celebrity judges choose who really rocks.
This past September, HAAM celebrated 10 years of community care at the HAAM Benefit Day event where it raised more than $450,000. Since its start in 2005, HAAM has provided access to medical care for over 3,500 local musicians, totaling over $30 million in services.
When it comes to supporting local musicians and uplifting the community that makes Austin such a unique and exciting place to live, HAAM is leading the pack.
Vote now for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians — or any of the other worthy local nonprofits — in the CultureMap Charity Challenge running through December 30. A winner will be announced January 5, 2016, and will receive a CultureMap advertising package worth $10,000.