“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.
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.
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.