Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has proclaimed October 20 “Heal the Music Day.” There are 56,000 people who make their living in the music industry and 76-percent of them are without access to health benefits. These are songwriters, producers, audio engineers, musicians, recording artists and more. So country singers are coming to their aid.
On October 20, country singers will donate a portion of their earnings for that day to the Music Health Alliance, which provides industry professionals with access to doctors, hospitals, life-saving medicine, health insurance and financial assistance during times of illness.
So far, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and Chris and Morgane Stapleton are among the artists who have pledged to donate. Also on the list are Emmylou Harris, Gary Allan, Gene Watson, Glen Templeton, Jerry Douglas, John Prine, Marty Stuart, Mary Gauthier, Peter Frampton, Rodney Crowell, Ronnie Dunn, Rory Feek, Rosanne Cash, Sam Bush, Shawn Camp, T Bone Burnett and Vince Gill.
Since 2013 the Music Health Alliance has saved more than $16 million dollars in medical bills and reduced premiums and served more than 5,600 people.