Record-breaking $400,000 raised by HAAM Benefit Day in support of Austin musicians

Record-breaking $400,000 raised by HAAM to support Austin musicians

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians performing during annual HAAM Benefit Day
HAAM celebrates another record-breaking event. Health Alliance for Austin Musicians/Facebook

Another record-breaking year is in the books for HAAM Benefit Day. On Wednesday, October 22 the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians announced that the 2014 event was its most successful yet, raising more than $400,000 for the nonprofit that helps provide local musicians with health insurance and services. That's $50,000 more than last year's event.

"At $400,000 and still counting, HAAM Benefit Day 2014 reached a new milestone," said HAAM Benefit Day Chairman Keith Donahoe in a press release. "I am proud of the hard work and commitment provided by the HAAM staff and volunteer committee."

More than 230 venues and 190 performers — including Quiet Company, John Dee Graham and out-of-towner Phillip Phillips — participated in the annual event held on September 23. Participating businesses donated 5 percent of the day's proceeds to HAAM; Austinites donated cash during the day or through the HAAM website.

The citywide fundraising event is crucial to the nonprofit's success; more than a third of HAAM's annual revenue comes from special events such as HAAM Benefit Day, notes the nonprofit's 2012 annual report.

Next year's HAAM Benefit Day is scheduled for September 22, 2015.