Austin-based nonprofit Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, or HAAM, is hosting events throughout the region today for its 11th annual HAAM Benefit Day fundraiser.
The goal is to raise $500,000 through sponsorships, donations and pledges from businesses that donate a percentage of today's sales, HAAM Marketing Coordinator Rikki Hardy said. The event brings live music to venues where employees and visitors might not ordinarily have the opportunity to hear from musicians who contribute to Austin's "live music capital" status, she said.
"[HAAM Benefit Day] benefits Austin musicians who are underinsured—basically working musicians in Austin who don’t have access to health care," she said. The nonprofit helps provide access to affordable health care services for Austin’s low-income and uninsured musicians.
HAAM Benefit Day events are taking place throughout the city at venues including:
5326 Manchaca Road, Austin6 p.m. Musicians include Los Jazz Vatos and Shawn Pander.
The Saxon Pub
1320 S. Lamar Blvd.
6 p.m. Musicians include Sunny Sweeney with Brennen Leigh and David Grissom.
600 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin
5 p.m. Musicians include Johnny Nicholas.
Jack Allen's Kitchen (360)
3600 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin
Musicians include The Minor Keys and Love & Chaos.
Whole Foods Market
Locations include The Domain, 11920 Domain Drive; Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd.; Gateway, 9607 Research Blvd.; 6th Street, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.; and The Shops at Arbor Trails, 4301 W. William Cannon Drive
Times vary. Musicians include Penny Jo Pullus, Barbara Nesbitt, Bob Cheevers.
For the full schedule and the list of performances and venues, visit www.benefitday.myhaam.org.