Music Health Alliance (MHA), the Nashville-based nonprofit dedicated to providing the music industry with healthcare solutions, and Grammy-winning artist Lauren Daigle have united to establish the Price Fund, a first-of-its-kind combined senior healthcare program and fund designed specifically for industry veterans and legacy music makers.
MHA, Daigle and other special guests gathered at Belmont University’s Fisher Center for Performing Arts yesterday (Sept. 19) to address the critical healthcare needs of the industry’s senior population.
Approximately 20 percent of the 20,000 clients MHA has served over the past decade have been 55 and older, resulting in $6.5 million in senior medical savings. The seed money provided by Daigle’s Price Fund will help grow MHA’s team of trained senior care advocates and network of healthcare resources. It will also provide financial grants through the Price Legacy Fund to cover direct healthcare expenses, including those not covered by existing plans or Medicare; prescriptions, emergent rehabilitation services, and emergent short-term home healthcare or respite care.
“Any success I have comes with a deep-seated appreciation for the people who have come before me — those whose lives, hard work, creativity, and vision now serve as the bedrock upon which the music industry lies,” says Daigle. “These are the people that we honor and what I hope is the start of a long partnership with Music Health Alliance.”
“For the two years I was at LSU I lived with my grandfather, Julian Price,” she continues. “And what I noticed in that season of life was that I had someone who believed in me. And that changed everything for me. A few years after I moved to Nashville, he was diagnosed with cancer and one thing that happened that will never leave my heart, my soul, my spirit, my mind, was watching [my grandfather] pass with peace. He was privileged to pass away at home with hospice, surrounded by his loved ones, and we held his hand. There was something so pure and so peaceful about it, it changed my life forever. It was the first person I lost who was so close to my heart. Why is [the Price Legacy Fund] so important to me? It’s because I was able to see what a healthy transition looks like. I was able to see someone who had people and support all around him, whether it was medicinal needs or having resources to get from one appointment to the next, being able to pay for that X-ray or scan to see where the cancer had spread, those moments are really tender in the life of someone. Those are the moments where you find out how much you’re made of and how much you’re worth to the world.”
“Over the past 10 years, I’ve been an advocate for our aging music industry community — witnessing hardships, loneliness and the inability to pay for medical and prescription costs. I couldn’t be more excited about this fund and the impact it will have on one of the fastest growing populations of healthcare needs,” says Shelia Shipley Biddy, MHA CFO & Certified Senior Advisor. “The Price Legacy Fund will ensure that this often-overlooked population will never be alone or forgotten. Thanks to the support of Lauren and contributions through her Price Fund, there will always be a caring advocate who will help seniors find solutions to their daily health needs and provide counsel on Medicare and Social Security issues.”
MHA is celebrating 10 years of “Healing the Music,” and will kick off their annual “Heal The Music Day” campaign with a benefit dinner and auction at the Nashville restaurant Adele’s on Wednesday, Oct. 4.
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