Nashville, TN – October 11, 2018 – With just over a week until the 2nd annual “Heal The Music Day,” held Friday, October 19, 2018, the Country Music Association has teamed with Music Health Alliance to offer a matching contribution for donations raised within the music industry. CMA will match dollar for dollar donations in support of “Heal The Music Day,” up to $100,000. Every dollar donated equals $30 in life-saving healthcare resources to Heal The Music.
“CMA is proud to join the long list of contributors to this tremendous cause,” said CMA CEO Sarah Trahern. “As a trade organization, supporting the music community is at the forefront of our mission. After providing a community grant last year, we wanted to get involved in a bigger way for this year’s ‘Heal The Music Day.’ Music Health Alliance advocates for our entire industry and shows the power of how professionals from all areas of the business come together to support one another.”
“Heal The Music Day” is a day of music industry fundraising and awareness for the emergency and ongoing medical needs of our country’s creative community, 76% of whom are self-employed or part of a small business. The majority don’t have access to group health benefits and, in many instances, have limited and unpredictable resources. Music Health Alliance’s free services ranging from access to doctors and hospitals, medicine, health insurance and finding financial assistance during times of illness.
To participate in “Heal The Music Day,” members of the music community — including artists, songwriters, producers, publishers, publicists, promoters, business managers, record label executives, booking agents, attorneys, venues, stylists and more — can pledge a percentage of their single day earnings to support the lifesaving services provided by Music Health Alliance. Many in our creative community have already committed to “Heal The Music Day,” pledging a percentage of their revenues on October 19 to support their fellow musicians and peers in the industry in times of medical crisis. Pledged supporters include David Adams, Average Joe’s Entertainment, Richard Bennett, Sam Bush, Blue Bird Cafe, Scott Robinson (Dualtone Records), Jill Brown, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Dr. Charles Campbell, John Carter Cash, Rosanne Cash, Beth Nielson Chapman, Jamie Cheek/FBMM, Andrew Combs, Elizabeth Cook, Roger Cook, Country Music Association, Rodney Crowell, Dolan Family Foundation, Ronnie Dunn, Tommy Emmanuel, Rory Feek, First Tennessee Bank, FS Wealth Sports & Entertainment, Vince Gill, Holly Gleason, Emmylou Harris, Girlilla Marketing/Jennie Smythe, Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra), Don Henry, I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O’Donovan), Jewel, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Brenda Lee, Brennan Leigh, Paul Leim, Daniel Levetin, Steve Lukather (Toto), Maren Morris, Michael McDonald, Monarch Publicity, Willie Nelson, Tina Parol, Pilgrimage Festival, Luke Powers, Margo Price, John Prine, Red Light Management, Rebecca Rego, Thomas Rhett, Michael W. Rhodes, Shel, Granger Smith, Steuart Smith (The Eagles), John David Souther, Chris & Morgane Stapleton, Marty Stuart, Keith Urban, The Vagabonds, Jon Vezner, The War & Treaty, Warner Chappell Music, Steve Wariner, Gene Watson, Emily West, Lanny West, John Paul White, Kris Wiatr/Wiatr & Associates, Alex Wightman, Paul Worley, Chely Wright, Yazoo Brewery and Young Heirlooms. Support from 2017’s inaugural “Heal The Music Day” helped to fund Music Health Alliance’s free programs and services in addition to supporting the founding of The Ben Eyestone Fund.
Since its founding in 2013, Nashville-based non-profit Music Health Alliance has:
- Served 8,400 members of the music community nationwide
- Saved over $33,000,000 in health care costs including insurance premium savings, medical bill reductions, and discounted medications
- Supported our creative community across 38 states and every genre of music
- Spared 428 families from bankruptcy due to a medical crisis
- Provided 8 patients with access to transplants including heart, lung, kidney, and liver
- Facilitated access to over 200 trauma counseling sessions for Las Vegas shooting survivors and their families
As advocates, Music Health Alliance fights so those in our industry never have to feel alone in a health crisis. The seven-person team at Music Health Alliance remove obstacles so patients can receive lifesaving care. Thanks to the direct efforts of Music Health Alliance, members of the music community across the country have gained access to lifesaving cancer treatment, transplants, medications to treat Parkinson’s, end of life care and many other crucial services. Its services are free to any person who has worked in the music industry for two or more years, or who has credited contributions to 4 commercially released recordings or videos. Spouses, partners, and children of qualifying individuals may also receive access to the non-profit’s services from birth to end of life.