In its 13th year, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), a local nonprofit that provides access to affordable healthcare for Austin’s low-income, working musicians, has raised more than $565,000 dollars for Austin musicians during its annual HAAM Day, held on September 11, exceeding last year’s total of $520,000 dollars.
“HAAM Day has, once again, brought Central Texas together to support our beloved musicians that make this city The Live Music Capital of the World,” Reenie Collins, executive director of HAAM, said. “We are also excited to announce that based on pledged and expected donations, as well as what was collected on HAAM Day, we have surpassed last year’s fundraising goal and exceeded our goal of raising $565,000—the individual donations and pledges from local businesses are still coming in.”
HAAM Day is the Health Alliance for Austin Musician’s largest fundraiser of the year, bringing in more than one-third of HAAM’s operating budget. Every dollar raised goes directly towards healthcare services for the musicians it serves.
“Everyday, more and more musicians come to us with new needs—and HAAM provides healthcare and a supporting hand to as many as we possibly can,” Collins said. “We set an ambitious goal this year and continue to increase our fundraising efforts because we want to expand our services and be able to proactively reach out to musicians around Austin who we know could benefit from HAAM. Since 2015, HAAM membership has increased by 40%, and we are working hard to keep our funding in line with that growth. The continued support of the community is imperative to the success of HAAM”
During HAAM Day, more than 200 local businesses pledged 5 percent (or more) of the day’s profit or made case donations to HAAM. This year’s participating businesses included presenting sponsor Whole Foods Market, C3 Presents, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Lyft, Topfer Family Foundation, Delaware North, ZiegenBock, SXSW, Brown Distributing Company, ATX Music, Keller Williams Realty, FVF Law, Bumble, Sugar & Dude, Hopdoddy, Cayetano Development, and more.
HAAM held an appreciation party for sponsors, musicians, volunteers, donors and staff on Oct. 3 at Austin Eastciders, where Event Chair Matt Long was presented with a commemorative award after HAAM officially announced they reached their fundraising goal of $565,000.
For more information about HAAM and for ways to support Austin’s working musicians throughout the year, visit www.myhaam.org.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.