'Ride more, raise more': Lyft teams up with HAAM to support Austin's musicians

AUSTIN - Lyft is teaming up with the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) to support Austin's musicians starting Nov 6. 

Lyft has created a new in-app feature Round-Up & Donate, according to a press release. Users that opt into this will have their fare rounded up to the next whole dollar by Lyft. The change will go to support Austin's local musicians. 

The multi-year partnership includes free rides to Austin musicians during HAAM's open enrollment health insurance event, which takes place from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, as well as free rides to other healthcare appointments. 

HAAM staff said the app will play a huge role in giving artists the assistance they need. Executive Director of HAAM Reenie Collins says, there are currently over 8,000 working musicians in Austin and about 80 percent of them are making less than 18,000 dollars a year.

She feels the funds provided by riders can go a long way.

“When you don't have transportation or access to medical services, you tend to put things off. You need to see a doctor about something that you know is a problem. And so by having Lyft with us as partners, we cannot only make sure that they've got the access to those medical services, but they have the access to get there."

This would be the first time ever in Texas and the second time across the country that Lyft has added a local charitable organization to "Round Up & Donate." Their motto is, "The more we ride, the more we raise."

"Musicians drive for Lyft on occasion, and of course, so many are using Lyft to go to see musicians in public. So being able to combine that and having our riders support these musicians in a really impactful way, makes this a special partnership that makes a ton of sense for all of us here in Austin,” Lyft General Manager Aaron Fox said.

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