A problem we see far too often is a struggling musician trying to get on their feet, and needing a little encouragement and help. Whether it be addiction, health issues or financial stress, these burdens can way weight heavily on anyone, especially on an artist.

There are many resources available for musicians seeking rehab, health services and financial help, but many artists are still not aware of them. There are handful we are aware of and would like to share three of our favorites with you. If you are an artist, or know a musician seeking this kind of aid, check out these resources below:

Sweet Relief

"Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. In other words, Healing Musicians in Need. We all have received so much out of music, it's time to give a little back!"

MusiCares

"MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community."

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM)

"We provide access to affordable health care for Austin’s low-income, uninsured working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness. Many Austin musicians are self-employed and have no access to health insurance or basic health care. They often work multiple jobs and struggle to pay for food, clothing and shelter, with nothing left for health care.

That’s where we come in. By resolving challenges such as long-neglected teeth to hearing loss, heart problems and depression, HAAM and its partners improve and save musicians’ health and lives and enhance Austin’s economy and quality of life. Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World, and we aim to keep it that way."

Do you know of a non-profit that seeks to help musicians? Please let us know!

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Natalie Rhea is a freelance writer, photographer and videographer who regularly contributes to RadioTexasLive.com. She also is the owner of Natalie Rhea Productions, which specializes in documentaries, music photography and music video production. Click here to visit Natalie’s website for exclusive content.