Non-Affiliated Assistance Information

United Way   Dial 211


Vanderbilt Music Business Medical Assistance Hotline:

If you are in need a Doctor, and your situation is not immediately life threatening, call Vanderbilt’s Music Business Medical Assistance Hotline. Be prepared to describe your medical issues in detail when you call.

615-343-4157   Vanderbilt Music Business Medical Assistance Hotline

Salvation Army:


Nashville Area Command: 631 Dickerson Pike, Nashville, TN 37207  615-242-0411

Catholic Charites  



3112 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211 (615) 445-8310

Churches of Christ Disaster Relief


410 Allied Drive, Nashville, TN 37222   Phone: 615-833-0888

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee


3833 Cleghorn Avenue Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37215 (888) 540-5200

Healing Hands International


455 McNally Drive, Nashville, TN 37211 (615) 832-2000

Martha O’Bryan Center

711 South Seventh Street, Nashville, TN 37206  (615) 254-1791

Casa Azafrán Community Center

2195 Nolensville Pike
Nashville TN 37211

Specializing in Spanish language counseling
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please call 615-748-3620 to make an appointment


The Recording Academy’s 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.


MusiCares West Region and MusiCares MAP Fund
3030 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Ph: 310.392.3777
Fx: 310.392.2187
Toll-free Help Line: 1.800.687.4227

MusiCares South Region
1904 Wedgewood Ave.
Nashville, TN 37212
Ph: 615.327.0050
Fx: 615.327.0876
Toll-free Help Line: 1.877.626.2748

MusiCares East Region (Please note our new address and fax number)
104 West 40th St., Suite 400
New York, NY 10018
Ph: 212.245.7840
Fx: 310.449.6525
Toll-free Help Line: 1.877.303.6962

The Nashville Engineer Relief Fund (NERF)

The Nashville Engineer Relief Fund originated through the efforts of the AES Nashville Section and supported by the greater Nashville professional audio community

The stated goal of this fund is “to allow financial assistance…for individuals in our (engineering) community who, through illness and tragic circumstances, are unable to practice their profession or face other serious problems”.

NERF provides grants to area audio professionals as a hand-up in times of crisis, focusing on immediate financial shortfalls to keep roofs over heads, food on the table and the lights on, providing relief and buying time to sort out long term solutions where necessary.

Information about NERF and contact info can be found here:



Additional Service Organizations: 

Gospel Music Trust Fund  gospelmusictrustfund.org

Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund  opry.com/trustfund 

ACM Lifting Lives  http://www.acmliftinglives.org/ 

Multiple Helpful Organizations in Middle Tennessee

Health Insurance Options – Music Industry



Music Health Alliance 

Contact Info:

Direct Line:  615-200-6800 x 1

Email:  info@musichealthalliance.com

Address:  2737 Larmon Avenue

Nashville, TN  37204

Website:  www.musichealthalliance.com

To follow is a sampling of the health difficulties that we help with daily. . .

  • No Health Insurance
  • Newly diagnosed illness
  • Need to find a doctor
  • Can’t afford medicine
  • High medical bills
  • Pregnant with no health insurance
  • New to area and with no healthcare options
  • Sick and cannot pay for doctor visit
  • No idea what to do or who to call to help with healthcare questions.
  • All things healthcare related fall into our wheelhouse of advocacy services.

Music Health Alliance’s mission is to Heal the Music by providing access to healthcare through services that PROTECT, DIRECT & CONNECT music professionals with medical and financial solutions from birth to end of life (this most definitely includes members of the AES).

WE PROTECT – Health Insurance or a way to pay for your healthcare.  We protect yourself and your family with the most appropriate and affordable health insurance or ways to pay for your healthcare. MHA offers guidance and access to State and Federal Health Insurance options for individuals and/or family members, Comprehensive Major Medical Insurance and Medicare supplement options for self-employed individuals and families, those with no group benefit options and the underinsured (insurance that does not meet one’s specific needs).

WE DIRECT- Confidential navigation through the healthcare system.  Our experienced direction to remove barriers and meet your needs is our most valuable area of expertise in healthcare. MHA offers professional guidance and direction through the health care system as a personal advocate, educator and navigator to simplify and translate health insurance policies, Medicare, medical bills, healthcare reform and other medically related needs.

WE CONNECT-Connection with resources to assist to help make the client whole again.  We connect you with the health care that you need through our network of resources. MHA offers access to primary care services, dental care and mental health counseling for insured individuals as well as low cost services for uninsured and lower income music industry professionals nationwide. MHA also offers counsel and access to financial help for prescription medication, medical supply resources and financial assistance for qualifying individuals.

And one more thing. . . MHA has two small funds to assist with medical needs for those in our industry that may be uninsured or under insured:   1. Ben Eyestone Fund 2. Cowboy Jack Clement Fund “The JackPot”

The Ben Eyestone Fund:  The Ben Eyestone Fund is a joint effort between Music Health Alliance and Saint Thomas Health providing diagnostic healthcare access to uninsured or under-insured music industry professionals in Davidson and surrounding counties within Middle Tennessee.  This fund was created to honor the memory of Ben Eyestone who passed away on July 12, 2018.  Here is Ben’s Story.

Ben Eyestone Fund Qualifications:

Obvious Diagnostic Need (I know something is wrong)

Uninsured or Under-insured (unaffordable out-of-pocket costs)

Annual household adjusted gross income under 300% above the Federal Poverty Level

Working musician or music industry professional (songwriter, producer, engineer,  etc.)

Qualified candidates must complete Application and call Music Health Alliance for next steps 615-200-6896.

The Cowboy Jack Clement Fund

The MHA “Jack Pot” awards financial aid in the form of small grants to help cover the cost of medical bills not covered by health insurance.  The “Jack Pot” also support direct client advocacy services. This fund is named in honor of one of the greatest legends of the music industry, Cowboy Jack Clement.

All health insurance revenues received by MHA go directly into the “Jack Pot” to help music makers in need just as Cowboy Jack did for so many.

For more information regarding the qualifications of the Cowboy Jack Clement Fund please contact Music Health Alliance directly.

For a listing of all Metro Nashville Government services go to:


Select Metro services:

  • Family Support Systems:

Program Description

The Family Support Services Program assists customers in developing or improving their life skills, increasing independence and advancing family stability. This is established through intensive case management, budgeting, individual and family short-term solution-oriented counseling, life skills management and family centered casework.

The Family Support Program utilizes family centered casework to strengthen and enhance families by addressing the needs of individual family members and the dynamics of the family, and by enhancing interaction and communication within the family. Although the program provides no direct financial assistance, Information & Referral services help customers acquire necessary resources by navigating the social services delivery systems to meet their identified needs.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Resident of Nashville Davidson County
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Individuals, Families, Elderly, Disabled and Extended Families are eligible for service

Services Provided 

  • Case Management Services, Life Management Skills, Family Centered Casework, Short Term Solution Oriented Counseling are available to individuals and families, provided by degreed Social Workers and Professionals.
  • Complete initial comprehensive assessment of the presenting needs on their first visit. Services are provided for a minimum of 30 days to a maximum of 6 months, depending on the individualized service plan and goals.
  • Although no direct financial assistance is provided by the program, Information & Referral services help customers acquire necessary resources by navigating the social services delivery systems.
  • Parenting Skill Development courses are offered by a licensed Social Worker on a sliding fee scale, which is based on the individual’s income. (Other program services are provided without a fee.)
  • Services are provided Monday through Friday. Walk in customers are seen from 8 am to 3 pm daily.

For Additional Information

Please contact Lonnie Wade, Program Manager at 615-862-6432 (Fax 615-880-2535).

Accessibility Statement

The majority of pages on this website are accessible to individuals with disabilities in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Please let us know you have accessibility problems. http://www.hub.nashville.gov

Information for Users with Visual Disabilities

Images on our website are accompanied by alternative text describing graphics if your browser supports the alt-text function. Documents on our website are presented in many formats. These formats are generally accessible to users using screen reading software.

Some files are posted as Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format) files. Users with visual disabilities can find free software from Adobe which will make reading PDF files easier.


For information regarding the accessibility program of the Metropolitan Government, please visit the ADA Compliance Division page.


ADA Coordinator:

The following person has been designated to handle questions, concerns, complaints, requests for accommodation, or requests for additional information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act:

Jerry Hall
P.O. Box 196300
Nashville, TN 37219-6300

Phone 615-862-8960
Fax 615-880-1712


Inquiries regarding accessibility should be forwarded to:

Department of General Services
ADA Compliance Division
730 2nd Ave South
Suite 201
P.O. Box 196300
Nashville, TN 37219-6300

Visit the https://www.nashville.gov/general-Services/ADA-Compliance.aspx

Email: contactADA@Nashville.gov

Financial Empowerment:

The Nashville Financial Empowerment Center provides free, professional financial counseling to Nashvillians citywide, helping Davidson County residents reduce debt and build assets through free, one-on-one financial counseling incorporated into existing services offered in the city. Request an appointment online or call 615-748-3620 to make an appointment today! Appointments are required, no walk-ins.

Nashville Financial Empowerment Center

Request an appointment online


or call 615-748-3620 to make an appointment today! Appointments are required, no walk-ins.

Since opening in March 2013, the centers have helped over 6,000 clients and held more than 18,000 individual counseling sessions.

To date, the NFEC team has helped clients reduce their debt by over $6.8 million and helped them increase their savings by nearly $750,000. More information can be found in the FEC 3-Year Evaluation Preliminary Findings.

The Nashville Financial Empowerment Center is a program of the Mayor’s Office in partnership with United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. Nashville is one of five cities that have received funding through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ investment in the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund.


“I felt like I was drowning in debt so much that I couldn’t sleep at night,” Moore said. “I called and got an appointment right away. After my appointment, I felt like I could breathe again, like I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. Now I feel like I have a goal. I have a plan.” – Rosa Moore, FEC client

Appointments can be made by calling 615-748-3620.

Schedule an Appointment :

Appointments are required, no walk-ins. 

Call 615-748-3620

Request an appointment online

Nashville FEC Contacts:

Anne Havard, Senior Advisor for Economic Opportunity
Mayor’s Office of Resilience

Tracey Dill, Director, Community Impact, Financial Stability
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville

Samantha Williams, Manager, Financial Empowerment Network
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville

Locations and Hours

https://www.nashville.gov/Mayors-Office/Resilience/Economic-Inclusion/Financial-Empowerment-Center/Locations.aspxFoster Street Center
302 Foster Street
Nashville TN 37207

Monday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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