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Music Health Alliance kicks off its senior healthcare program for ‘industry veterans and legacy music makers’ with seed money from artist Lauren Daigle’s The Price Fund.
On Tuesday, Music Health Alliance (MHA), the music industry’s nonprofit healthcare resource, came together with Grammy-winner Lauren Daigle and special guests at Belmont University’s The Fisher Center for Performing Arts to address the critical healthcare needs of the music industry’s senior population. The launch of MHA’s healthcare program for seniors establishes a first-of-its-kind combined program and fund designed for music industry veterans and legacy music makers.
Approximately 20% of the 20,000 music industry clients MHA has served over the past decade are aged 55 and older, resulting in $6.5 million in senior medical savings. Seed money provided by Lauren Daigle’s The Price Fund will help grow MHA’s team of trained senior care advocates and network of healthcare resources.
Additionally, it will provide financial grants through The Price Legacy Fund to cover direct healthcare expenses, including those not covered by existing plans or Medicare: prescriptions, emergent rehabilitation services, and emergent short-term home healthcare or respite care. This effort will allow MHA to serve one of the fastest-growing, vulnerable populations in need of healthcare access, support, and navigation — aging music professionals and legacy makers aged 65 and older.
“Any success I have comes with a deep-seated appreciation for the people who have come before me — those whose lives, hard work, creativity, and vision now serve as the bedrock upon which the music industry lies,” said Daigle. “These are the people that we honor, and what I hope is the start of a long partnership with Music Health Alliance.”
“Over the past ten years, I’ve been an advocate for our aging music industry community — witnessing hardships, loneliness, and the inability to pay for medical and prescription costs. I couldn’t be more excited about this fund and the impact it will have on one of the fastest-growing populations of healthcare needs,” says Shelia Shipley Biddy, CFO and Certified Senior Advisor at Music Health Alliance.
“The Price Legacy Fund will ensure that this often-overlooked population will never be alone or forgotten. Thanks to the support of Lauren and contributions through her Price Fund, there will always be a caring advocate who will help seniors find solutions to their daily health needs and provide counsel on Medicare and Social Security issues.”
Funded entirely through grants and individual and corporate donations, financial support from the music community is critical to continuing Music Health Alliance’s advocacy and free services. 86% of all dollars donated go directly to MHA’s programs and services; for every $1 donation, MHA provides $30 in life-saving healthcare resources to #HealTheMusic.