HAAM Day goes virtual with musician healthcare fundraiser

AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- One of the industries hardest hit by the coronavirus has been Austin's live music scene, essentially silencing the "Live Music Capital of the World."

Six months later, musicians across the city are still dealing with closed venues, lost gigs, and canceled events - in addition to many who lack access to quality, affordable healthcare. That's where the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, or HAAM, comes in.

Tuesday's all-virtual HAAM Day event is the organization's largest annual fundraiser, providing thousands of Austin-area musicians with life-saving healthcare services all year long.

This year's HAAM Day goal is $600,000. Since 2005, the organization has helped more than 5,600 musicians access over $86 million in healthcare services.

HAAM officials say that for every dollar raised, they can turn it into $7 worth of health services - from primary and specialty care to dental, hearing, vision and wellness services.

The HAAM Day lineup includes musical appearances from Reckless Kelly, Mobley, Tiarra Girls, Jack Ingram, Gina Chavez, Asleep at the Wheel and Nakia. All of the showcases will be streamed online, and many of them will be broadcast on Fox 7 Austin.

You can find the full lineup and donate online at www.myhaam.org/haam-day.