Chronicle Donates Big to SIMS

Austin Music Awards raised $22,785 for local nonprofit

Today, Austin Chronicle founders Louis Black and Nick Barbaro presented the SIMS Foundation with an oversized check for $22,785.

Austin Chronicle Editor Louis Black and Publisher Nick Barbaro flank SIMS Managing Director Heather Alden in the paper’s front office, 4.14.15 (Photo by Shelley Hiam)

That figure represents all the cash brought in from ticket sales to the Austin Music Awards, which sold out the Austin Convention Center on March 18 during South by Southwest. It’s a donation the Chronicle makes every year to the local nonprofit that provides mental health and addiction recovery services for local musicians and their families. This year’s check boasted higher digits than ever before.

Between 2008 and 2014, the AMAs raised a total of $45,148 for SIMS, with the largest single-year installment being $8,038. That figure almost tripled this year. For that, there’s the music community to thank, from fans who bought tickets to the musicians who performed at the ceremony, plus our event partners and everyone who voted in the paper’s annual Austin Music Poll.

Taken all together, these entities help ensure the sustainability of an organization providing an elemental service to our famed music scene. The SIMS Foundation, now in its 20th year of service, looks to expand its outreach in 2015 to members of the EDM, Latin, country, and jazz scenes, according to managing director Heather Alden. Their network of providers continues to grow as well, now including over 70 therapists, psychiatrists, and partner organizations in Austin.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

Sound and Vision: The Meow Wolf/Spatial Connection
Sound and Vision: The Meow Wolf/Spatial Connection
Did SXSW give a preview of the technology behind the next portal?

Richard Whittaker, April 14, 2022

MSNBC Gets Behind the Story of <i>Diamond Hands: The Legend of WallStreetBets</i>
MSNBC Gets Behind the Story of Diamond Hands: The Legend of WallStreetBets
New documentary talks to the people who bought Gamestop shares

Ikram Mohamed, April 8, 2022

More by Kevin Curtin
With “themesong” Video, Mobley Introduces Injustice-Fighting Masked Man Persona
With “themesong” Video, Mobley Introduces Injustice-Fighting Masked Man Persona
Musician & filmmaker trekked to Johannesburg to shoot latest project

May 19, 2022

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Gus Baldwin & the Sketch, High Desert Queen, No Limit reunion, Beto y los Fairlanes, and more recommendations

May 20, 2022


SIMS Foundation, Austin Music Awards, Austin Music Poll, SXSW, Louis Black, Nick Barbaro, Heather Alden

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle