AUSTIN - While some may worry that Austin will lose its title as "Live Music Capitol of the World" as affordability plagues the city's music community, the organization that helps keep those musicians "alive and well" has raised over half a million dollars through their annual benefit day.
At venues across town all day long Tuesday, artists played venues for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) Benefit Day. The organization, which helps musicians navigate the healthcare system and get primary medical, dental, hearing and vision care, had a goal of raising over $520,000.
Executive Director Reenie Collins told KVUE's Christy Millweard Thursday that "We won't know an exact number until we've collected all remaining individual donations and percentage of sales from local businesses but we know that we've raised over a half a million dollars and are confident that we'll hit our goal of $520,000."
"We are so grateful to be a part of such a generous community that supports its musicians," Collins said.
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