Is Austin a Vortex for Musicians? - How an Impassioned Community Gives Back
Friday, March 18
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Austin Convention Center
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.
St Matthew's Episcopal Church
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...Show the rest
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 companies, mom-and-pop businesses and not-for-profit organizations, Matt’s marketing and design background is grounded in finding what truly works for both the client and the market. In addition to helping run Black Fret, he is now Director of Community Solutions Marketing for Small World Labs. An Austinite for over 30 years, Mr. Ott and his family returned to Austin in 2005 after ten years in Silicon Valley, citing severe withdrawal symptoms related to a lack of real BBQ, friendly people and the most incredible music scene in the world.Hide the rest
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.
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...Show the rest
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 this vibrant, creative community, yet the life of a musician in this changing and growing city can often be full of difficult challenges like the rising cost of living and housing. HAAM believes that every musician deserves access to affordable healthcare services so that they can focus on playing the music that makes our city so special.
Reenie Collins is the Executive Director of Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. She is proud to be among the few true native Austinites and is also a proud fifth generation Texan. She has a 25 year career in healthcare and nonprofit organizations.Hide the rest
Pres & Founder
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-...Show the rest
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-on coaching and artist development. With a focus on creative sectors such as music, art, and fashion, and more recently tech and real estate, Juice’s clients range from international artists such as Gloria Gaynor and Erykah Badu, to up-and-coming indie acts, record labels, recording studios, artists, designers, arts groups and non-profits. Juice’s motto of “adding vitality to your campaign” spreads across a platform of global, national and local clientele. Prior to starting Juice in 2007, Heather served as Senior Product Manager for GRAMMY®-winning artist Beyoncé, handling her day-to-day management and marketing for five years as part of Sanctuary Records/Music World Entertainment. Earlier in her career, Heather worked in Europe for companies such as Universal Music in The Netherlands (Mercury Records), Soundartist.com and Disneyland Paris. This laid a foundation for her learning Dutch and French, and opened opportunities to now work with clients as the French Music Export Bureau, Music Wales, The French Embassy, Texan-French Alliance for the Arts, the Indian Consulate, among many others.
Heather spent four years on the Austin Music Commission and is a member of the Austin-Toronto Alliance Advisory Council and Black Fret Advisory Board. She served as a board member of the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy (GRAMMY® Association) for the past ten years and recently completed the Leaders in Austin Music program with the Austin Music Foundation. She is also has been a Director of the Texas Lyceum for the past six years and is a regular speaker at conferences, events and panels. For more info on her company, see www.juiceconsulting.com.