Mental health and substance use recovery for the Central Texas music community.
Small, steady donations add up to a BIG impact! Join our monthly giving program and help SIMS defray the costs of vital mental health & substance use recovery services to keep our music family going strong while stages stay empty. Become a monthly donor: simsfoundation.org/donate https://t.co/WjdZuRtzpH
RT @txmusicoffice: If you’ve already received a Music Industry Emergency Grant from @austintexasgov, you can still apply. You will just be…
The discourse around celebrities with more severe mental illnesses like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia can be extremely harmful for people who live with those illnesses. We can all do our part by working to destigmatize ALL forms of mental illness. businessinsider.nl/kanye-west-and…
Catch the latest SIMS happenings, hear from local musicians and mental health providers, and learn how we're fighting for the emotional wellbeing of the Central Texas music community by subscribing to our monthly newsletter. simsfoundation.org/newsletter-sig…
We're still a ways away from seeing venues reopen, but with safety a top priority, the Austin music community is getting a head start with this guidance from REVS (Reopen Every Venue Safely). kxan.com/news/local/aus…
We want to give a big congratulations to @rashiphop and everyone who came together to put on #BlackEverythangMatters last night. So many great performances to benefit DAWA (Diversity Awareness and Wellness in Action) and move Austin music forward. ❤️🎵 austinchronicle.com/daily/music/20…
The Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund is being reopened for applications this upcoming Monday, August 10, with changes made to help more local musicians in need. Spread the word, and learn more about the fund at atxrecovers.com! twitter.com/atxmusicians/s…
Love this article in the @HoustonChron on Austin songwriter Amy Annelle. Thankful for the shoutout! We're humbled to be able to help so many in our music community get through these tough times. If you're struggling, please give us a shout. preview.houstonchronicle.com/music/texas-so…
If you missed our most recent newsletter, we got to talk with Scott Strickland about his music career, mental health routine, and the under representation of Black musicians in Austin. Check out the interview! simsfoundation.org/scottstricklan…
Local musicians and industry pros - @austinmusic is hosting a panel to discuss how the landscape has changed in the wake of COVID-19, and how to best engage with media professionals to bolster press and radio coverage. facebook.com/events/3425983…
Therapy is for the good times as well as the bad. This piece helps dismiss the notion that something has to be wrong in one's life to see a therapist, and offers tips on starting and getting the most out of therapy. idontmind.com/journal/heres-…
Now is as good a time as any to start learning or pick back up an instrument. It can boost your mental health and you might just come out of this pandemic a decent musician! consequenceofsound.net/2020/07/musica…
We're proud that our Exec. Director Patsy Dolan Bouressa is a mental health champion! In this interview, Patsy talks about what inspired her to help others, recent obstacles SIMS has faced, and advice on how to make a positive impact on our society. medium.com/authority-maga…
Read our latest newsletter - SIMS Celebrates BIPOC Mental Health Month and Welcomes New Board Leadership - mailchi.mp/simsfoundation…
The adjustment to virtual therapy has created some challenges for therapists and patients, but it's been a necessary step during the pandemic. LPC and member of the SIMS Provider Network, Mary Firme, discussed moving to virtual therapy with @voxdotcom. vox.com/the-goods/2129…
Here, Matt Pinfield talks about some of the things that led to his relapse during quarantine, and reflects on his journey to get back on track. If you've relapsed during this time, know that there's nothing to be ashamed of and you're not alone in this. rollingstone.com/music/music-fe…
During #BIPOCMentalHealthMonth, it's important that we take the time to understand just how adverse an effect racism can have on the physical and mental health of BIPOC. We can make a change if we continue to learn, understand, and work together. healthline.com/health-news/ra…
Some people might be experiencing difficult mental health issues for the first time in their life during the COVID-19 crisis. This might feel confusing or scary, but the tips in this article may help make sense of things. allure.com/story/therapy-…
Catch the latest SIMS Foundation news and see how we're keeping the Central Texas music community mentally healthy. Sign up for our newsletter at simsfoundation.org/newsletter-sig…
An important read to understand why the need for mental health support, especially for Black Americans, is so crucial right now. npr.org/sections/healt…
This is a story of strength and resilience in the face of adverse circumstances. Coming out for LGBTQ children and teens doesn't have to be this scary. Love, understanding, and acceptance can help make this crucial period of self-discovery a positive one. teenvogue.com/story/im-a-bla…
Today's the last day to grab your pass for Willie's 4th of July Picnic for $35! We're firing up the grill and can't wait to enjoy some virtual fireworks with y'all tomorrow. williepicnic.com/tickets
This is so sweet! #MusicHeals #MusicIsMedicine kvue.com/article/news/l…
The language we use should prioritize people as the unique human beings they are. We'll use BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) going forward, rather than the term "minority". We encourage you to learn about and celebrate #BIPOCMentalHealthMonth with us this July. https://t.co/xlww3gHBiP
We've proudly supported the mental health needs of music venue workers, who've helped host so many of our favorite concert memories. As more local venues shut down due to the economic impact of COVID-19, we urge you to help save independent music venues. saveourstages.com
We loved this discussion hosted by @deborific featuring insight from Austin musicians @ginachavez, #MamaDuke, and @TjeAustin! Give it a watch if you missed it live. austin360.com/entertainment/…
Tickets are on sale now for Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic! williepicnic.com/tickets https://t.co/OhkQzpwmuS
We're looking forward to catching the premier of #ThoughtPositiveMedia's Music & Mental Health Docuseries tomorrow! This first season focuses on all things music, mental health, and Austin. Head to facebook.com/thoughtpositiv… or instagram.com/thoughtpositiv… youtube.com/watch?v=Tmv0iD…
@WillieNelson and @LuckReunion are celebrating July 4th virtually! This year's picnic will feature live performances, a film celebrating the picnic's 47-year legacy, and a BBQ cook-along courtesy of @SaltLickBBQ Tix on sale Mon, June 29 at noon. williepicnic.com https://t.co/blHTew0Nzm
However you're getting through COVID & the current social and political climate, we hope you can do so without feeling shame or guilt towards yourself. If you're not at your best right now, very few people are. But we'll get through this & come out on the other side together. https://t.co/CjtI4Vfe3y
Reminder to all that June 26 is tomorrow! twitter.com/txmusicoffice/…
If you're struggling during COVID-19, you're not alone. It can be easier said than done, but practicing self-care during these times is as crucial for your mental health as social distancing is for your physical health. reformaustin.org/coronavirus/wa…
SIMS is a proud member of @OneVoiceCtrlTX. If you want to learn a bit more about our passionate and hardworking Executive Director, she was recently interviewed by One Voice and is their current featured member! onevoicecentraltx.org/featured_membe…
"Black trans people spend so much of our lives focused on survival because so many of us do not...I want more for our girls than survival — I want them to thrive." teenvogue.com/story/black-tr…
We like this article from @storiesfromdet, who write about the people and neighborhoods of Detroit. It's full of wisdom from Charnell Dortch MA, LPC, on breaking down stigma and understanding when something is wrong with your own mental health. theneighborhoods.org/story/black-me…
If you missed our newsletter this month, Licensed Professional Counselor and SIMS Provider Ashley Logan wrote about Post Traumatic Growth and offers some self-work for those looking to make a positive change during these unprecedented times. simsfoundation.org/the-silver-lin…
We want to wish everyone a Happy Juneteenth. @deborific at @austin360 has some new local releases to add to your soundtrack for the day. Check them out! austin360.com/entertainment/…
Songwriter and honorary Texan @JasonIsbell talks with @MusiCares about how they helped him get sober 8.5 years ago, focusing on the positives to help get through quarantine, and the importance of going to therapy. grammy.com/musicares/news…
The @AustinChronicle gives a look into how musicians of color in Austin are getting through COVID-19, with insight into how their communities are being affected. Featuring perspectives from folks like @rashiphop, @BlackPumasMusic and @djChorizoFunk. austinchronicle.com/music/2020-06-…
RT @neisiemw1: Can I just say...I love this man. And not in a weird, stalker-ish way. @perlmutations
"In order for progress to truly happen, we need our allies to respect, promote and cherish Black mental health during a time when Black people are faced with such pain." huffpost.com/entry/ally-sup…
If you're an eligible Austin musician and have yet to apply for the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund, the deadline was extended until June 26. austintexas.gov/department/aus…
Like so many this #PrideMonth, we've been reflecting on how we can better support the mental health of Black LGBTQ members of our community. If you want to help but aren't sure where to start, check out this piece from @TrevorProject. thetrevorproject.org/2020/06/01/sup…
Tonight at 8pm CST, our good friend @brotherwill performs for @3TENaustin Presents 'Stream Come True', benefiting our other good friends @myhaam and SIMS! This series has been a joy to watch and we're grateful to join in on the fun tonight. Watch at 3tenacl.live/tunein https://t.co/IORAuzKyr2
Some offices and businesses have reopened, but there are still plenty of people staying home. Whether you've found a routine that works for you or are still finding your footing, this may help give a different perspective for folks in quarantine. medium.com/@ramsinrecover…
As a mental health support organization, our work goes beyond just helping people navigate the mental health care system and access services. We also need to address barriers to well-being in our communities, like racial injustice. mhanational.org/blog/how-be-al…
Says Johnny, "That first phone call to SIMS asking for help was one of the most difficult things I've ever done. They set me up with someone to talk with who really helped me get through the trauma and emotions I couldn't figure out on my own."
We're grateful Johnny made that call. The live music industry is one of the last that we'll see return, and with an uncertain financial future, it's critical we lift that burden if we're able. Please support musicians like Johnny. Venmo: JohnnyMcGowan
In case you missed our newsletter... When Johnny McGowan's therapist challenged him to write a dark humored tune about the current pandemic we're all experiencing, he took up that challenge and created "Tip the Band". youtube.com/watch?v=rL3Gw_…
@austinwoman sat with 50 leaders to tell their experiences as Black women living in Austin, including the powerful voices of @jackievenson, @beholdmelat and Akina Adderley. Read their perspectives on equity in our music industry and how we can improve. atxwoman.com/women-share-bl…
We want to thank our friends @StillATX for generously donating hand sanitizer to SIMS and the music community! We're looking forward to distributing them soon. https://t.co/tQkx8sx3tu
Austin musicians - Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund applications open on Monday, June 8, at 10am. The $1K grants are approved on a first come first served basis for those who qualify. Visit atxrecovers.com for eligibility requirements, and more. statesman.com/news/20200603/… https://t.co/7fAACCTvdo
Our latest newsletter - SIMS recaps Mental Health Month and asks you to Tip the Band - mailchi.mp/simsfoundation…
Mental health/recovery organization @TWLOHA put together a list of mental health resources and networks. Black mental health is important, and Black communities are more likely to face boundaries to mental health care. Please share and support these orgs. twloha.com/blog/black-liv…
We stand with you. #TheShowMustBePaused #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/sDhV2cTMi5
[1/2] We're grateful to all of you for making this #MentalHealthMonth so impactful. During difficult times, many of you came together for #GivingTuesdayNow and all throughout May for #SofaSessions. Together we spread awareness and directly funded services for our music community. https://t.co/n6pUMTNylC
[2/2] SIMS gives thanks to all those who came together to make #SofaSessions a reality. To the many musicians who shared their talents and stories, and to friends and music fans who tuned in each evening to connect with us, we're humbled to have you on our side.
We want to make sure musicians, industry workers, and music fans in our community stay informed with all we're up to. Sign up for the newsletter at simsfoundation.org and hear about everything we're doing to look out for the wellbeing of the Central Texas music community. https://t.co/4B48QcTHj4
[1/2] This #MentalHealthMonth has brought us live concerts nearly every day, with personal stories from the artists and hosts about the importance of mental health & recovery in their lives. It's been a meaningful journey, and we're glad to have shared it with so many of you.
[2/2] For the Grand Finale of #SofaSessions, our special guest is Taylor @hansonmusic! We go live with Taylor at 6pm CST, on Facebook and YouTube. Please join us for some music and conversation this evening. youtube.com/channel/UCEPP7… https://t.co/LkWz1en5Al
Let's groove tonight. Serg Dimitrijevic of Intergalactix and @EarthWindFire is tonight's guest on #SofaSessions. We go live at 6pm CST for the second to last Sofa Session of #MentalHealthMonth! Watch on the SIMS Facebook or YouTube pages. youtube.com/channel/UCEPP7… https://t.co/7rEfUXORQg
"When it comes to everyday & widespread access, systemic and financial barriers like lack of insurance, limited availability of mental health providers of color, and the demands of daily caretaking complicate the process of Black mothers receiving help." vox.com/first-person/2…
Her new album "La Que Manda" has been on heavy rotation over here the last couple days since its release, and tonight @ginachavez joins #SofaSessions! Watch on FB & YT at 6pm CST. Come close out #MentalHealthMonth with SIMS! youtube.com/channel/UCEPP7… https://t.co/54kYavsk2t
Bipolar disorder is often misunderstood. It can be fetishized or weaponized in the media at the expense of those livng with it. @halsey sits down with Dr. Snehi Kapur to discuss her experience & inform viewers how they can be better mental health allies. youtube.com/watch?v=ipb9rh…
Tonight's the biggest #SofaSessions yet and we couldn't be more excited! @jason_mraz and @Bob_Schneider team up to support SIMS and raise #MentalHealthAwareness at 6PM CST. Stream on FB and YouTube, and get ready for some good vibes. We can't wait! youtube.com/channel/UCEPP7… https://t.co/72U9sJR7uJ
[1/2] The Austin City Council approved $1.5M for the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund. Eligible local musicians must be able to demonstrate income loss due to the COVID-19 global pandemic to apply for a $1,000 grant. https://t.co/8UrPj5QEe7
[2/2] The Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund application will be live & accepting eligible submissions through the MusiCares Foundation on a first-come first-served basis starting Mon, June 8, 10am CST. Please share and help spread the word. Learn more at atxrecovers.com
Some good news for Central Texas musicians and Community Radio Stations, @SunRadioTX has pledged $20,000 in relief grants! Head to sunradio.com/recharge to apply. twitter.com/SunRadioTX/sta…
[1/2] While we were very excited to bring Ranky Tanky to #SofaSessions tonight, they will regrettably not be able to make it. We know it would have been phenomenal, and hope to reschedule in the future! However, the show goes on, and we've lined up something special!
[1/2] #SofaSessions wouldn't have happened if it weren't for tonight's guest, John Pointer. It's going to be a great night of music, and we'll learn a bit about what it's taken behind the scenes to pull off #SofaSessions. Tune in at 6pm on FB and YT! youtube.com/channel/UCEPP7… https://t.co/g7cPYV7q8x
[2/2] We're so grateful for her and the love @weareaustin Austin shows for our music community and their advocacy for mental health. Thank you @TrevorScottATX @TaylorEllison! ❤️🎵
[1/2] @jaimeeharris sat down with @TrevorScottATX this morning to talk #SofaSessions, and how SIMS helps musicians + industry workers in Central TX. Whether she's singing or telling her own story of recovery, we're constantly in awe of Jaimee. cbsaustin.com/features/we-ar…
Back to back musical goodness starting at 6pm CST tonight as Daniel Fernandez (@thehlfwys) and @jellyellington join the #SIMSLounge! Watch on the SIMS FB, YT, and IG. Catch you then! youtube.com/channel/UCEPP7… https://t.co/5spwp9iE2a
We kick off the final week of #SofaSessions tonight with Trey Privott of @LosCoast! Trey performed in the #SIMSLounge last year, and we're excited to have him back, this time in our virtual lounge. Watch on our FB or YT at 6pm CST. We'll see you then! youtube.com/simsfoundation https://t.co/NJk32LxLRY
TOMORROW: After 20 days in a row of bringing live music to your homes, we're taking the night off. HOWEVER, we're going to announce next week lineup, so you'll want to check back for that! simsfoundation.org/events/
TONIGHT: @evemonsees and Mike Buck join #SofaSessions to help get everyone's Saturday night going with some ATX rock and blues. It's going to be great and we can't wait for 6pm to come around! Watch on FB & YT, & stay up to date with SIMS by subscribing. youtube.com/channel/UCEPP7… https://t.co/e2GDMm9Awa
Congrats to our friends in @blueoctober and all involved in the film on the release of Get Back Up, chronicling the band's struggles with substance use disorder/mental health, and subsequent treatment and recovery. Check out the film at the link below. getbackup.tv https://t.co/oaItCLwrzl
If you're someone in need of assistance with essential transportation needs, @notleyventures, @austintexasgov and @Uber teamed up to help. twitter.com/NotleyVentures…
Love everything about this. You're going to help so many people through this Lily! altpress.com/news/chris-cor…
Holy schnikes! THANK YOU Jackie, you're amazing. ❤️🎵❤️ twitter.com/jackievenson/s…
This is a fantastic read and we're thankful to be featured! While she's normally booking awesome local lineups at @CheerUpCharlies, @thenothingsong wrote this in depth look at how the current pandemic is affecting the Austin music community. rebelnoise.com/interviews/int…
[2/2] The wonderful folks in and around TBLSH have stepped up big for SIMS plenty in the past, and we're over the moon to host them on SIMS #SofaSessions Watch on Facebook or YouTube, and make sure to subscribe to SIMS on all our social channels. youtube.com/channel/UCEPP7…
[1/2] If you caught @tblsh giving a sneak preview of their #SofaSessions performance on @fox7austin recently, then we don't need to convince you to join us at 6pm CST tonight! facebook.com/events/5723332… https://t.co/NhsI4fafg3
"Dance music was born in the heavy hearts of people who had been cast out of everyday society. We flock to dance floors to commune with our kind and heal our battered souls. It can be messy, sweaty business, but it's a euphoric celebration." billboard.com/articles/news/…
Fans of @The_Nightowls, @Harkrider is joining us tonight for #SofaSessions at 6pm CST! Tune in to hear what Ryan's been up to with his new solo project, and how SIMS has been keeping the music community healthy. Subscribe and watch on YT, FB, and IG. youtube.com/channel/UCEPP7… https://t.co/CHY3ZLLZbo
RT @KUTX: #AustinMusicMinute LIVE STREAM PICK TONIGHT: @SIMSfoundation Sofa Sessions presents @amycookmusic at 6PM Central on SIMS' Faceboo…
We're belatedly celebrating #MusicMonday. If you missed them on @weareaustin yesterday, @tblsh gave a sneak peak of what they'll be bringing to SIMS #SofaSessions this Thurs at 6pm! Tune in as @amycookmusic plays tonight followed by @ryanharkrider tmrw. cbsaustin.com/features/we-ar…
We love her so much, and tonight @amycookmusic brings her brand of wonderful to SIMS Lounge Presents: Sofa Sessions. Bring some music to your #MentalHealthMonth and join us tonight at 6pm CST. Watch on Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram! youtube.com/channel/UCEPP7… https://t.co/MOnsqYz2zf
Gimme Back My Band, the story of alt-country band Slobberbone, releases in June. You can preorder now for weekly extras sent to you between now and the release date, and 10% of proceeds will be donated to SIMS Foundation. Learn more and preorder at gimmebackmyband.site https://t.co/7MsUlB10WZ
[2/2] Watch on Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram. Share with your friends, start a watch party! Live streams have helped bring us together through music in a time when that can be difficult. youtube.com/channel/UCEPP7… #SIMSLounge #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #MusicTherapy
[1/2] We had the sweet and soulful sounds of Scott Strickland Band on #SofaSessions earlier this month, but a spotty internet connection robbed us of an amazing performance. So, we asked Scott back, and he'll be on SIMS Lounge Presents: Sofa Sessions tonight at 6pm CST! https://t.co/5Ob8AwtNl0
We hope you've been having a great weekend so far! Austin's own @NightGlitter1 are tonight's guests for #SofaSessions, streaming at 6pm CST from Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. Join us for good local music, community, and mental health awareness! youtube.com/channel/UCEPP7… https://t.co/jm6XbP7j7J
If you’re watching tonight please consider making a donation to @SIMSfoundation at sims foundation.org to help support Austin musicians. twitter.com/acl_radio/stat…
[2/2] We've also got a HUGE SURPRISE. Sugar Ray's @mark_mcgrath will be our very special guest on #SofaSessions tonight. Make sure you don't miss this - tune in at 6pm CST on our Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram pages!
[1/2] One of the most sought after bass players in music is joining the #SIMSLounge for #SofaSessions tonight! @Kristianattard, who's played with Sugar Ray, @officialheart, @Jason_Mraz, @MikePosner & a ton more, will perform and share stories with our host @groovelinesosa. https://t.co/pAWGb5SVfc
Travis County residents 55+ with min 20 yrs history working as a musician, @homeaustinorg is accepting applications for an emergency housing grant. They are $500 max to assist with housing expenses. Grants are limited to those facing economic hardship. homeaustin.org/emergency-grant
Tonight, we're kicking off our weekend with some fun when @Outasight joins the virtual #SIMSLounge for #SofaSessions! The dance party begins at 6pm CST, and you can watch it on our Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram pages. youtube.com/channel/UCEPP7… https://t.co/tjce8NniO7
It's near the end of Week 2 of #SofaSessions. See what's coming up this weekend and next week at simsfoundation.org/events. We've had so much great music to help us celebrate #MentalHealthMonth, and we're just at the halfway point!
Tonight, we're kicking off our weekend with some fun when @Outasight joins the virtual #SIMSLounge for #SofaSessions! The dance party begins at 6pm CST, and you can watch it on our Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram pages. youtube.com/channel/UCEPP7… https://t.co/bbtVhfCTFg
 
 
 
 
 
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