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Amanda Ivarra is a graduate of Texas A&M University. After graduating with a degree in Health, she moved to Austin and started working for a national non-profit organization. She spent 5 years coordinating community events and programs. After leaving the organization, she started to focus on her creative pursuits. Currently, she is working on developing her own jewelry line. Writing has always been a hobby for Amanda. For most of her life, she’s kept journals. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to take her writing public and began blogging and guest blogging. The one thing this girl can’t live without is music. Not really one to sing or play an instrument, she just loves music. Perhaps, it’s the songwriting that she admires so much or a good beat that she can dance to. Whether she’s attending a concert with friends, hanging out with the guys watching sports, volunteering in the community, hiking or visiting the newest places in town, Amanda lives to enjoy life. But, nothing brings more joy to her than being able to make someone smile or laugh!

Health Alliance For Austin Musicians Benefit Day And ALL ATX – The Concert

“Music is the lifeblood of Austin and the musicians carry that legacy forward for us every day, often at low pay and with no benefits.  I am proud to give back to our musicians, and HAAM is that lifeline that gives us all the chance to participate and say thank you,” said Shelley Meyer, co-owner of Wild About Music and Austin Rocks.(Photo Credit: Health Alliance for Austin Musicians)

On Tuesday, September 24, area businesses including Wild About Music and Austin Rocks will participate in the 8th Annual HAAM Benefit Day and pledge five percent of the day’s proceeds or make cash donations in support of Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), a non-profit organization that provides access to affordable health care to Austin’s low-income, uninsured working musicians with a focus on prevention and wellness.

Presented by Whole Foods Market for the eighth consecutive year, HAAM Benefit Day also features performances by local musicians and bands, many of them HAAM members.  Live music from 6 a.m. until 2 a.m. will be performed across the city at locations such as Whole Foods Market, Frost Bank, Austin Visitor Center, ThunderCloud Subs, Time Warner Cable, Strait Music Company, The Parish and many more.

Austinites are encouraged to participate in HAAM Benefit day by shopping, dining and donating during the performances of local bands.  It’s a day to celebrate the strong bond among businesses, live music and music fans who “keep music in Austin alive and well!”

Last year, a record-breaking $312,000 was raised from more than 240 participating businesses and 250 bands.  Since its inception in 2005, the financial success of HAAM Benefit Day has helped the organization assist more than 3,000 local, hard-working musicians by giving them access to regular, cost-effective healthcare services.

This year’s HAAM Benefit Day will conclude with ALL ATX – The Concert at ACL Live.  The concert will feature Ray Benson, Eric Johnson, Christopher Cross, Jimmie Vaughan, Suzanna Choffel, Monte Montgomery, Charlie and Will Sexton and many more.  It’ll be a unique opportunity for music fans to see local favorites together on one stage.

The concert will also be taped by KLRU-TV, Austin PBS and broadcast later this fall.  It will also be made available to other PBS stations.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 6 a.m. – 2 a.m.  For a complete list of performance schedules, please click here.

WHERE:
For a complete list of participating businesses, please click here.

TICKETS: Tickets for ALL ATX – The Concert are available for $25 – $45.  Please purchase your tickets here.

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