Health and Harmony


You cannot think of Austin without thinking of music. Ever since the slogan became official, we still remain “the live music capital of the world.” Locals are often excited (or bothered) by the swarms of people who descend upon the city each year for festivals like SXSW and ACL. It is no known secret that without musicians we wouldn’t have earned such a fitting title. It is because of them (and venues) that we can enjoy live music on the streets every night. If you’ve ever had a chance to speak to a local artist, they’ll tell you about how much they enjoy their job but they’ll also tell you how difficult it can be to live gig by gig. On average musicians are earning $2,000 a month, making it difficult to live within the city limits and have access to some resources. Needless to say, it is important to help take care of them if we are to preserve our city culture and source of pride. At the Y, we believe that it is our social responsibility to provide support and strengthen communities to ensure that Austin remains a city where all can thrive.

Last year, the YMCA of Austin teamed up with the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) to offer discounted memberships to area musicians. Over 500 musicians and their families have joined through HAAMHAAM participants join a talented group of Austin musicians who count themselves among Y members. Jerry Jeff Walker, Bob Schneider, Kevin Russell, Kelly Willis, and Bruce Robeson are just a few of the local artists who are part of the Y.

KXAN stopped by the TownLake Y to highlight the program and speak to members who participate in the unique partnership. You can view the entire video here. The YMCA of Austin takes immense pride in our work to strengthen communities and help all of us be our best selves. Thanks to partners like Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, we can reach more communities who need us to ultimately become a city where we can all thrive. Together, we can help keep music alive and well. 

Are you a local musician seeking health care services? Visit to start your journey towards a better, healthier you. You can also learn more about becoming a Y member at



Roxanne Rathge
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