AUSTIN -- Tuesday, Austinites showed their appreciation for Austin's music scene and musicians.
It was HAAM Benefit Day. The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians provides access to affordable health care to many Austin musicians.
Tuesday more than 230 bands performed across the city. Many local businesses are pledging five percent of the day's proceeds or are making cash donations to help.
"The music industry is about a $2 billion industry here in Austin and yet most musicians are earning about $16,000 a year," said HAAM Executive Director Carolyn Schwarz.
"Musicians will come here and feel like they can work, but if trouble comes up, they'll have resources that can help them out," said Rob Hooper, the drummer for Carolyn Wonderland.
Last year, $235,000 was raised from more than 200 participating businesses.