2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Is Austin a Vortex for Musicians? - How an Impassioned Community Gives Back

Friday, March 18
2:00PM - 3:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 10A
531 E 4th St

The challenges in creating and performing music, actually making a living, and staying healthy leave many musicians feeling beaten down, wondering if it is all worth it, and uncertain if they are making a real difference in the lives of others. In this panel you will hear from non-profits who offer career mentoring, financial grants and unique live music opportunities which honor the inspiration and spirituality of musicians. Other panelists will tell their story of how they are working collaboratively to bring affordable medical, mental health, dental, audiological and vision care to local musicians. 

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Merrill Wade


St Matthew's Episcopal Church

Matt Ott at SXSW

Matt Ott


Black Fret

Matt Ott has co-founded two nonprofits to help Austin’s local music community: the Austin Music Foundation and Black Fret. With over 20 years of marketing and design experience for Fortune 500 comp...

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Heather Alden at SXSW

Heather Alden

Managing Dir

SIMS Foundation

Heather Alden is the Managing Director of the SIMS Foundation. The SIMS Foundation provides mental health and addiction recovery services to Austin musicians, music industry professionals, and their family members.

Reenie Collins at SXSW

Reenie Collins

Exec Dir

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians

As the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World, Austin is a vortex of musical creativity and passion that could not exist in any other city. Musicians come here to live and to thrive in thi...

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Heather Wagner-Reed at SXSW

Heather Wagner-Reed

Pres & Founder

Juice Consulting

Heather Wagner Reed is the President and Founder of Juice Consulting, an agency that offers high level strategy and services in public relations, marketing and product management, as well as hands-...

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