Award-winning singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell jumped on board to help officially proclaim Oct. 20 as “Heal the Music Day” in Nashville to benefit Music Health Alliance, at a recent press conference held at the Steps at WME offices. Crowell joined Music City Music Council Executive Director Justine Avila and Music Health Alliance founder Tatum Allsep in making the announcement.
Music Health Alliance helps connect music professionals with access to health insurance, doctors and health care resources. It is estimated that more than 56,000 people make a living in the music business in Nashville, but 76% of those are self-employed without health insurance benefits or part of a small business where health insurance is not available. That group includes songwriters, audio engineers, publishers and others engaged in the music industry. The services of Music Health Alliance are entirely free.
On “Heal the Music Day,” Oct. 20, artists will donate 5% of their concert and show revenues to Music Health Alliance. Such stars as Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan, Peter Frampton, Miranda Lambert, Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris are joining Crowell to support the effort.
Two artists who have benefited from Music Health Alliance’s work, Andrea Davidson and Rory Feek, shared their personal stories at the press event. Feek noted that the Alliance helped him deal with the morass of medical bills that he incurred after his wife, singer Joey Martin Feek, became ill with cancer.
Following the presentation, Crowell, who recently released his latest album “Close Ties,” spoke with Sports and Entertainment Nashville on his involvement with the organization. “It goes back a couple of years,” Crowell recalled. “I had only heard about [Music Health Alliance]. It hadn’t really affected my life at the time.” Crowell hosted a fundraiser concert near Nashville and donated a portion of the proceeds to Music Health Alliance. “That started a relationship,” Crowell said. “From there, I slowly became educated as to what they were doing. I decided that this is where I want to focus. I am very proud to be part of this.”
In a previous statement, Crowell noted that “Heal the Music Day” will help educate the Nashville community on the impact of Music Health Alliance. “The folks at MHA are a Godsend to this community,” he said, “and ‘Heal the Music Day’ creates an endowment that allows them to continue their critical work.”
For more information on MHA and its mission, visit the official website.