AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) raised more than $255,000 during its 2023 annual Corporate Battle of the Bands, according to a new HAAM release on Wednesday. and surpassed last year’s total of $227,000.
HAAM is a local nonprofit that provides access to affordable medical services for Austin’s low-income working musicians, the release said.
HAAM CEO Paul Scott said, “We are honored to have so many people from Austin’s business community supporting the musicians in our community.” “Austin’s music scene is a major factor pushing businesses to central Texas, so it’s no surprise that so many talented artists work for these businesses. Supporting the local business community.” Without it, we wouldn’t be able to do the important work.Last year, we were thrilled to break our past fundraising record, and we’re thrilled to surpass it again this year. is no exaggeration.”
The annual Battle of the Bands event drew more than 1,000 attendees to hear six bands from local businesses perform during the event, according to the release.
According to HAAM, Band of the Year was awarded to Noella Gray and The Invisible Band. In addition, other winners include “Best Song from The C Notes” for ZZ Top’s performance of “La Grange”, Knuckle Samich for Best Showmanship, and Mag Stripes, HAAM’s The Haptics have just surpassed their phenomenal performance to win the Fan Favorite Award. said in a release.
HAAM also announced this year’s HAAM Day, which will take place on September 19, with a committee of Austin business leaders, the release said.
According to the release, HAAM Day is the organization’s flagship fundraiser. The event is an annual celebration of Austin’s music, according to the release.
This year’s HAAM Board members include Jamie Moreno (Cirrus Logic), Jamie Newman (Cirrus Logic), Laura Johnson (PNC Bank), Patrick Michalik (Netspend), Kelly Hyten (Ascension Seton) ), Caitlin McCaluso (FVF Law), and Jen Rowland. (SXSW), Beth Krueger (ABC Come & Commercial Services) and George Stevens (NOW CFO), according to the release.
“We are committed to maintaining and strengthening Austin’s live music community and local organizations that support talented artists at their core. It’s our way of raising awareness within our community and showing appreciation to the musicians who work in Austin from the stage,” said Dylan Knudson, PNC Bank Regional President, Austin. “We are proud to sponsor HAAM Day, a day when talented musicians from Central Texas perform to raise awareness and support for musicians in need of affordable healthcare. This is our second year at HAAM Day and we are so excited to be a part of a day dedicated to showcasing the best of our city and its musicians.”
If you would like to learn more about the non-profit HAAM Day, or how you can support musicians working in Austin year-round, please visit the HAAM website.