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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 organization:  

Did you know that live music is not only part of Austin's cultural identity, but also an essential economic engine for our city, bringing in billions of dollars through live performances each year? In maintaining this vital identity, it is important for us, as a community, to ensure our musicians are alive and well, and able to keep playing that music we all love.

Volunteering with organizations like The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) helps to foster and nurture Austin’s unique, creative appeal, and take care of the musicians that make this city “The Live Music Capital of the World.” 

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.

HAAM Day is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. In one day, HAAM, along with presenting sponsor Whole Foods Market, will host an all-inclusive, citywide benefit raising support for local musicians. More than 200 acts will perform in Austin clubs, restaurants, retail stores, bank lobbies and more to help raise funds.

HAAM Day would not be possible without the support of the many individuals that give their time—with a need for over 400 volunteers helping to incite individuals to donate money into HAAM Day buckets.

We hope that you will join us in supporting one of Austin’s most valuable assets—its musicians. Get out and shop, eat, drink and enjoy live music on September 11, 2018!

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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