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Each month we spotlight a local nonprofit that's in need of help. It's a way to connect our listeners with charities that make an impact.

Get Involved Spotlight: Health Alliance for Austin Musicians

From Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, this month's Get Involved spotlight non-profit:

HAAM provides access to affordable health care for Austin’s low-income, uninsured working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness.

Inspired musical performances happen every day of the year in Austin.  We pride ourselves on being the Live Music Capital of the World and are fortunate to have over 8,000 working musicians contributing to our city’s culture and economy.  We have seen firsthand the dedication and generosity of Austin’s musicians.  They inspire us to do more, do it better and perform at a level worthy of their talent and contribution.  Since 2005, HAAM has provided over $30 million in healthcare services to over 3,000 Austin musicians.  We can’t do it alone, HAAM’s staff, volunteers, network of service providers, sponsors and individual supporters are dedicated to keeping music in Austin alive and well.  We hope you will join us. 

HAAM Eligibility:  To be eligible for HAAM services applicants must be uninsured, working Austin musicians earning $29,175 or less annually (250% of federal poverty level).


HAAM member-musicians 2013:

·      2,130 served in 2013

·      88% earn less than $17,000 a year

·      Over 60% do not qualify for federal subsidies under the Affordable Health Care Act because they earn less than $12,000 annually

·      53% are younger than 40

HAAM enjoys a 97% approval rating from HAAM member-musicians for quality of care and services

Services in 2013:
Health Alliance for Austin Musicians: 1,195 eligibility and renewal appointments

Seton Healthcare Family provided:
3,165 clinic visits to 1,007 patients 1,696 prescriptions
804 hospital services including outpatient, inpatient and emergency-room procedures
302 referrals to specialists

St. David’s Foundation Dental Program in partnership with Capital Area Dental Foundation provided:
1,809 dental visits to 641 patients

The SIMS Foundation provided:
6,032 sessions of counseling, psychiatric and addiction-recovery services to HAAM members.

Estes Audiology provided:
Screening, education and fittings for 320 musicians, who then received custom earplugs

Prevent Blindness Texas provided:
229 complete eye exams, prescriptions and vouchers for free glasses to musicians

250% of Poverty now - $29,175

Economic Impact of Live Music In Austin

1.7 Billion in economic activity in Austin

$38 Million in local tax revenue each year

18,148 jobs provided by the Austin Music Industry

8,000+ working local musicians in Austin

Over 300,000 tourists brought to Austin by live music and music festivals

HAAM’s Service Partners:

Seton Healthcare Family: primary medical care

St. David’s Foundation in partnership with Capital Area Dental Foundation: basic dental care

The SIMS Foundation: mental health and addiction-recovery services

Estes Audiology: hearing health services

Prevent Blindness Texas: vision health services

Whole Foods Market: nutrition health services

HAAM Benefit Day is September 23.


Over 60% of our members did not qualify for Affordable Health Care Act subsidies and of members who did sign up for market place insurance, they will still need HAAM for dental, hearing, vision and wellness services.

“This is a very special city with affection for its musicians unrivaled by any other.  I am very grateful to be a recipient of that love.  Without the help of HAAM and generous donations, we might not be able to give every bit of the passion we have back to you with the music we make.  That is after all what this city is all about!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”  Greg, HAAM member-musician

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Mike is the production director at KUT, where he’s been working since his days as an English major at the University of Texas. He produces Arts Eclectic, Get Involved, and the Sonic ID project, and also produces videos and cartoons for When pressed to do so, he’ll write short paragraphs about himself in the third person, but usually prefers not to.
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