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Austin nonprofit to help support Live Music Capital of the World amid COVID-19 outbreak

Hundreds of musicians are struggling after venues closed and performances were canceled.

AUSTIN, Texas — As the "Live Music Capital of the World" feels the crippling effects of coronavirus, a nonprofit is helping support impacted musicians.

In a survey they issued out, the Health Alliance of Austin Musicians (HAAM) collected nearly 700 "heartbreaking" responses of how local musicians are hurting. One of the biggest reasons is numerous canceled performances.

Even though one of HAAM’s signature fundraisers was also canceled, "Ray Benson’s Birthday Bash," the nonprofit wants to assure musicians they are still available to help.

“We have health navigators ready and willing to help direct individuals during these confusing times,” the organization said in a statement.  

The nonprofit is rolling out emergency assistance initiatives to help musicians afford basic needs such as groceries, rent and medical assistance, among others.

However, as they continue to support musicians, HAAM also feels the effects of the coronavirus. 

With cancellations through May such as Ray Benson’s Birthday Bash and other events, organization leaders estimate they will take a hit in revenue of more than $400,000.

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“While our current focus is on immediate ways to help the music community, we are also cognizant of the long-term health of our organization. Now more than ever, HAAM is going to be needed by musicians. The continued support of the community is imperative to the success and growth of HAAM,” leaders with HAAM stated.  

Donations can be made online on HAAM’s website. The organization will also update its website daily with resources for our members and the community.

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