Music Health Alliance (MHA)’s sixth annual “Heal The Music Day” has been set for Oct. 20. Music makers across all genres are invited to join Spotify, the Grand Ole Opry, Dave Matthews Band, Keith Urban, Dan Aykroyd, Alabama Shakes, Phish, Vince Gill, Lauren Daigle and more to raise awareness and funding in support of MHA, the music industry’s resource for healthcare.
Funded entirely through individual and corporate donations, grants and fundraising, the nonprofit has provided free healthcare advocacy, resources and mental health support to more than 20,000 working music professionals worldwide for more than 10 years.
Launched in 2017, “Heal The Music Day” is the brainchild of Grammy-winning artist and songwriter Rodney Crowell. Crowell is championing this year’s campaign to raise awareness and support for the emergent and ongoing medical, dental and mental healthcare needs of the music community—76 percent of whom are self-employed or part of a small business—many with limited resources, and often uninsured or underinsured for healthcare. In just six years, “Heal The Music Day” has raised over a million dollars to provide a lifeline for those struggling with health or mental health issues in the music industry.
“Calling everyone who makes a living in the music industry and those who are passionate fans! We’re at a critical juncture and reaching out to you for your invaluable support. In the past year, our requests for assistance have skyrocketed by a staggering 50 percent, encompassing vital needs such as mental health support, medical bill negotiations, emergent dental care and end of life planning,” says Tatum Allsep, MHA Founder & CEO. “It’s a heartbreaking reality that many in the music industry are forced to make the agonizing decision between putting food on the table and accessing essential medical care. MHA refuses to let this continue, and your commitment to ‘Heal The Music Day’ is key to ensuring that no one in our music community faces such dire choices. Please let the music play and donate to ‘Heal The Music Day.'”
To become a partner in healing, industry members, businesses dependent on the industry and fans can pledge a percentage of a single day’s earnings or event to support MHA’s critical resources and help fellow creators in need.
For every dollar donated, MHA provides $30 in life-saving healthcare resources. Services are free to any person who has worked in the music industry for three or more years. Spouses, legal domestic partners and dependent family members may also qualify. For more information, click here.
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