The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), a local nonprofit that provides access to affordable healthcare for Austin’s working musicians, will host its annual, city-wide HAAM Benefit Day event on Tuesday, Sep. 12. Hundreds of music showcases and concerts will take place at various locations all over Austin including clubs, restaurants, and retail stores to help raise awareness and funds for HAAM.
HAAM Benefit Day, presented by Whole Foods Market, is a nationally recognized musical celebration that helps keep music alive and well in Austin. Free to the public, HAAM Benefit Day is a great way to experience the incredible musical talent that Austin boasts, and a unique opportunity to get to know the musicians behind the music.
The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians encourages Austinites to head out and enjoy a music showcase or spend the day shopping and eating at participating stores and restaurants, many of which will donate up to 5 percent (or more) of their daily proceeds to HAAM. Many events are family friendly! Supporters should keep an eye out for the black HAAM donation boxes where they can make monetary donations to help keep Austin music alive and well.
“HAAM Benefit Day is our biggest event of the year and is a great representation of why Austin is such a unique Texas city,” said Matthew Long, event chair and HAAM Board member. “Showcasing all of this immense talent on one day is a terrifically exciting way to celebrate Austin culture, and HAAM is devoted to making sure this culture is here to stay.”
Throughout the day, Austinites will be able to choose from more than 200 musical performances by Austin’s talented artists. A notable daytime show will be Brendon Anthony presenting the official HAAM Benefit Day proclamation from the State of Texas with the Texas Music Office at 6 a.m. at Whole Foods on Lamar and Fifth Street. Following the proclamation, Mayeux & Broussard will kick off the day’s music live from inside the store. Mayor Steve Adler will read a city proclamation at City Hall at noon followed by music from Ty Richards.
Music runs from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. the next day. For more information about HAAM Benefit Day, visit myhaam.org.