How to watch, support Austin musicians on HAAM Day 2021

HAAM Day is an annual fundraiser event to support the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, which helps to provide health care coverage and services for Austin musicians. (Courtesy Renee Dominguez)

HAAM Day is an annual fundraiser event to support the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, which helps to provide health care coverage and services for Austin musicians. (Courtesy Renee Dominguez)

For the second year in a row, the annual fundraising event for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians will be entirely remote as more than 100 local musicians perform on television and streaming online.

HAAM Day, which raises funds to support health care needs for musicians in and around Austin, will return Sept. 14 with a full day of music and an online auction.

More than 2,600 local musicians are covered with health insurance through HAAM services, according to the nonprofit’s website.

Television programming will begin at 9 a.m. on CBS Austin for an hourlong block. Ten acts are scheduled to play during that block, including The Peterson Brothers and Nané.

More musical acts will return to the television broadcast from 4-5 p.m., when Calliope Musicals, Charley Crockett and other acts will play on KVUE.

The last block of TV performances will run from 7-9 p.m. on KBVO. A total of 20 acts are scheduled to perform at that time, including the Grammy Award-winning group Asleep at the Wheel and the Grammy Award-nominated band Black Pumas.

HAAM will also stream performances throughout the day on the nonprofit organization’s Facebook page, beginning at 6:15 a.m. and ending at 9 p.m. The shows streamed on HAAM’s Facebook page are being performed live from Waterloo Greenway in downtown Austin, though the venue is closed to the public due to health restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other bands and musicians throughout the day will livestream performances on personal websites or Facebook pages. For a full lineup of performances scheduled throughout Sept. 14, visit the HAAM Day website.

Donations to the nonprofit organization are encouraged and will be accepted throughout the day. Residents can also provide contributions to HAAM by dining and shopping at local participating businesses.

Restaurants, such as Via 313, La Condesa and more, will contribute a percentage of their sales Sept. 14 or throughout September to support HAAM, according to HAAM’s website.

HAAM is further holding an online auction throughout Sept. 14 to raise funds. Items and experiences up for auction include signed memorabilia, VIP wristbands to the upcoming Austin City Limits Music Festival, travel vacation packages and more.

For a full breakdown of HAAM Day programming and ways to donate, visit the HAAM website.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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