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Grupo Fantasma, Glorietta and Brené Brown will raise money for Austin musicians this HAAM Day
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Tomar & the FCs performed at The ABGB in South Austin on HAAM Day 2019.

Local Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma, Texas supergroup Glorietta and vulnerability researcher Brené Brown are included in the lineup for HAAM Day, an annual fundraiser benefiting the Health Alliance of Austin Musicians, according to a Thursday announcement.


The virtual event is scheduled for Sept. 15 and supports the local nonprofit, which provides healthcare to thousands of local musicians. It will be live-streamed on Facebook, Fox 7 Austin and Luck.Stream.

HAAM Day 2020 raises money to provide healthcare to local musicians. It is the local nonprofit's 15th annual event. (HAAM)

In addition to the official HAAM Day lineup, which includes dozens of performances, more than 150 HAAM members will also be playing their own sets throughout the day on their individual Instagram and Facebook pages. A full schedule can be found here.

HAAM aims to raise $600,000 at this year's event.

"Musicians need our funding now more than ever," HAAM CEO Reenie Collins said in a press release. "Musicians already live in a very fragile ecosystem, and now our musicians and creatives who make Austin 'The Live Music Capital of The World' are devastated with no real relief in sight."

The pandemic—which led to the cancellation of SXSW and the shutdown of bars in March—has had a significant impact on Austin's live music scene.

Some venues, such as Barracuda and Plush, have closed permanently. Researchers at the University of Houston's Hobby School of Public Affairs reported in July that up to 90% of live music venues in Austin could follow suit if they're not able to reopen by this fall.

Musicians also bear the brunt. In a survey of its members earlier this year, HAAM found that more than 80% of respondents couldn't meet basic needs because of lost income.

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