The mission of Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) is to provide access to affordable health care for Austin’s low income, uninsured working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness.
Austin is the “Live Music Capital of the World,” yet many professional working musicians are self-employed and rarely have access to health insurance. Without insurance, they can’t afford preventive health care, including primary medical care, basic dental services and mental health counseling.
The music industry is an important contributor to Austin’s economy:
- Nearly $2 billion in economic activity, more than $38 million in local tax revenue each year.
- It provides 18,148 jobs.
- Austin has more than 9,000 musicians.
- Tens of thousands of visitors from around the world brought annually by Austin City Limits Music Festival and South By Southwest.
- Source: TXP, Inc., City of Austin, 2012