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Austin’s HAAM Day returns this fall with hundreds of live music performances

Austin’s HAAM Day returns this fall with hundreds of live music performances

The 18th annual HAAM Day charity event will take place Tuesday, bringing more than 250 live music performances to Austin. (KXAN file photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) will host its annual HAAM Day on September 24, featuring hundreds of free and open-to-the-public live music performances.

HAAM was founded in 2005 as a resource for affordable health care for low-income and underinsured working musicians in Austin. The organization helps more than 3,000 musicians each year access dental, hearing, vision, wellness, specialty care and health care navigation services, according to a news release Wednesday.


HAAM Day is the organization’s largest fundraiser. This year’s event will feature more than 250 live music performances by more than 300 musicians at more than 100 venues across the city, the release added.

South by Southwest and PNC are sponsors of this year’s event. HAAM is also partnering with Austin artist Zuzu Perkal, who designs all of the artwork for HAAM Day.

“Music and art are deeply connected, mutually supporting, energizing, and inspiring,” Perkal said in a statement. “Music heals us from the inside out, and my art was intentionally designed to do the same. This year’s HAAM Day artwork features a vibrant and funky color palette, reminding us to stay positive and happy. Like artwork, life is abundant and blooming all around us. Art and music bring life to the spirit and culture of our city, and I am honored to be a part of this unique project supporting our beloved local musicians.”

More details about this year’s all-day event can be found online.