Keeping music in Austin alive and well.

The MISSION of Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) is to provide access to affordable health care for Austin’s low income, uninsured working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness.

Why is it important?

As the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin is home to many self-employed, creative citizens, who often lack access to health insurance. This means that crucial services–like basic health care, dental services, mental health counseling, and hearing and vision aid–simply lie out of their reach. HAAM sees it as its duty to help keep these citizens healthy and well, serving the creatives who’ve dedicated their lives to the art that gives Austin its musical heart and soul.

How do they do it?

All working musicians in the Austin area are invited to apply for a HAAM membership. If eligible, they’ll receive access to the health services and more, free of charge. Every $1 donated to HAAM is leveraged into $7 of direct healthcare services, thanks to its collaborative relationships with affiliate service providers. By strategic allocation of such donations and funding, HAAM’s leaders have helped more than 4,000 musicians cumulatively receive more than 52,000 healthcare appointments since its origin in 2005.

How you can #TravelKindly:
  • Choose the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians as your local charity when you travel with Kind Traveler
  • Donate blood on your visit to Austin. Any of these blood banks will get your donation into the system, ultimately benefitting anyone who receives health care in the area
  • Support local musicians by attending a concert on your trip to Austin
  • Buy CD’s or iTunes songs by local musicians, and spread the word about their talents to others
  • Attend an event for HAAM during your trip

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