On Tuesday, Sep. 11, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), along with presenting sponsor Whole Foods Market, will host a citywide benefit raising support for local musicians – HAAM Day.
HAAM Day is an annual, all-inclusive Austin experience that gives Central Texans access to over 200 free performances from local musicians in Austin clubs, restaurants, retail stores, bank lobbies, and more across the city at any given time. Many of these events are family friendly.
HAAM provides access to affordable healthcare for Austin’s low-income, underinsured working musicians with a focus on prevention and wellness. HAAM delivers a lifeline to Austin musicians, and since 2005, has helped more than 4,900 musicians access over $44 million in healthcare services, ranging from primary and specialty care, dental, vision, hearing, mental health and other services.
This entertaining day is made possible by the many businesses, supporters and lovers of live music that care about HAAM. More than 200 Austin-area businesses show their support by becoming a sponsor, pledging a percentage of their sales on September 11 or by simply making a cash donation directly to HAAM.
Supporting organizations like HAAM helps to foster and nurture Austin’s unique creative appeal, and takes care of the musicians that make this city “The Live Music Capital of the World.”
This year, HAAM hopes to raise $565,000 to continue to expand services and meet the needs of Austin’s working musicians so the live music scene can continue to thrive.
Expect a day full of music everywhere you go Tuesday, Sep. 11–whether on your way to work, for your coffee or lunch meeting or in the evening after work. Make sure to come out and support HAAM Day with a purchase or cash donation. Time and cost for each event (the majority of them are free) will vary by location. Black donation boxes will be placed within supporting venues where music supporters can make monetary contributions to help keep Austin music alive and well. So get out and shop, eat, drink and enjoy live music!