Lauren Daigle, Keith Urban, Rodney Crowell, Chris Stapleton, and many others will be performing at the fifth annual "Heal The Music" Day will take place Oct. 21. The proceeds from the concert will be used to raise awareness of mental health and they will also be used to fund to Music Health Alliance (MHA).
Launched in 2017, Heal The Music Day is the brainchild of Crowell and aims to raise awareness and support for the emergency and ongoing medical needs of the creative community, 76% of whom are self- employed or part of a small business and often uninsured or under-insured for healthcare.
To participate, members of the music community including artists, songwriters, producers, publishers, publicists, promoters, business managers, record label execs, booking agents, attorneys and more can pledge a percentage of a single day earnings or event to support MHA's life-saving services and help their fellow music makers in need. Donations can be made here with all donations made Oct. 1-21 being matched up to $25,000.
"In the world of the working musician, good health is something most of us take for granted-that is, until something goes wrong," says Crowell. "The healthcare advocates at MHA ensure that no music professional must face a healthcare crisis alone. It is crucial to support MHA's work to heal the music and the best part is that music makers don't have to do anything that they are not already doing. Pledges can be as simple as a percent of a concert, event, creative work, or single donation made for Heal The Music Day Oct. 21."
Music Health Alliance's free services range from access to doctors, specialists, diagnostic testing, hospitals, medicine, health insurance, Medicare and senior care, mental health support, dental and vision resources, end of life care, and financial assistance resources during times of illness. For every $1 donated, MHA can provide $30 in healthcare support and services.
"Heal The Music Day is not only our largest fundraiser, but also an opportunity for the music industry to step up and support their fellow musicians in need," adds Tatum Allsep, MHA Founder and CEO. "The need for our services has increased more than 65% this year over last, with mental health support growing more than 300% over the past two years. Our goal is to raise more than $300,000 this year to meet the continued increase in critical need and ensure that nobody working in the music industry will ever have to walk a health crisis alone. Heal The Music Day is a great investment into the long-term health and wellness of the music industry as a whole."