HAAM Benefit Day: Keeping The Live Music Capital Alive & Well
Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) teamed up with Whole Foods Market to bring an epic 9th annual HAAM Benefit Day to Austin this week. The event was a day long block party that featured over 150 diverse bands, many of whom were HAAM members themselves, performing across the city in clubs, restaurants and retail outlets. This year showcased over 170 shows and had over 250 businesses across Austin supporting the cause; all businesses donated a percentage of proceeds to the HAAM foundation.
HAAM is an eminent organization that is perfectly placed in the proclaimed “live music capital of the world” – the alliance provides accessible and affordable healthcare to Austin’s low income, uninsured musicians. HAAM has helped more than 3,000 hard-working musicians receive cost-effective prevention and wellness healthcare services since its inception.
This year, HAAM Benefit Day kicked off on Monday night with All ATX: The British Invasion at ACL Live. The annual event continued from 6:00am to 2:00am on Tuesday across the city. From funk bands in local parks, to solo jazz singers at Whole Foods Market, to rock-n-roll bands in Austin night clubs, the city had something for just about everyone to enjoy, while exemplifying its support for the health of all types of Austin musicians.
HAAM Benefit day is a unique block party, because it gives Austinites the opportunity to give back to a greater cause, while discovering new music and experiencing Austin culture. I feel truly blessed to come from a city that prioritizes and executes such crucial causes in an entertaining way. This annual event has become an Austin favorite, and I can’t wait to watch it continue to flourish, while working to provide musicians with healthcare in the coming years.