Local music nonprofit the SIMS Foundation, which provides mental health and substance abuse recovery services to musicians and music industry professionals in the Austin area, is experiencing financial difficulties caused by an influx of new clients. According to a news release from the organization, SIMS has seen a 50% increase in client enrollment since last year. The release attributes the the growth to the organization "adopting a more overarching, wellness-focused mission and working tirelessly to remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues facing the music community."
The growth has led to "a serious financial shortfall," and SIMS has put out a call to the community asking for donations to help ensure it can provide quality care to new clients without sacrificing services to current clients.
According to the release, "without new funding, SIMS will face the prospect of severely limiting programming and services to the clients who have come to rely on SIMS for necessary care."
If you're looking for a fun and easy way to support SIMS, the nonprofit's summer series at Key Bar starts this Saturday. SIMS presents Duncan Fellows and DJ Mixer Rogers for a show at the West Sixth Street venue that runs from 7 p.m. to midnight. There's a suggested donation of $5 for the event, but, you know, feel free to give 'til it hurts.