As was hoped for, more Austin-area businesses, large and small, participated in Health Alliance for Austin Musicians’ 6th HAAM Benefit Day on Tuesday, October 4, and more acts performed live music throughout the city than ever before. The number of p
articipating businesses topped 215, and the number of bands playing reached more than 170.
New records set also include the number of HAAMbassadors and community members who volunteered during the special day that recognizes the hard-working musicians in town and the organization that provides them with access to wide-ranging healthcare service programs, from primary medical care to dental care to vision, hearing and mental health/addiction-recovery services, with a focus on wellness and prevention.
More social media buzz circulated in cyberspace, and thousands used HAAM’s new custom mobile website and its schedule of music performances and venues to plan their day.
Most important, the 6th HAAM Benefit Day raised more money than ever before — $235,000, Health Alliance organizers report — for the expansion of those healthcare service programs and the number of member-musicians (more than 2,700 served) who benefit from them. That figure has come in from businesses that pledged 5% of the day’s proceeds such as presenting sponsor Whole Foods Market or made a donation as well as donations from Austin residents and matching grants from C3 Presents and Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association.
“We are grateful to everyone who came out and supported HAAM Benefit Day,” says Carolyn Schwarz, executive director of Health Alliance of Austin Musicians. “The day would not have been possible — nor the record-setting numbers — without the community behind us.”
The 7th HAAM Benefit Day is slated for Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.
For more information on HAAM and HAAM Benefit Day and to donate: www.myhaam.org.
Posted by: Sam Moore