As Austinites, we’re blessed to live in a city that is progressive, experiential, experimental, game-changing, conscious and, lets face it, awesomely cool. In such a city, you’d expect the population to match, and in the ATX, we don’t disappoint. This Capital City is chock-full of amazing citizens who strive to better the city on a daily basis. From writers to activists, entrepreneurs to artists, we’ve rounded up a diverse group of Austinites that help make this city great.
As executive director of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, Reenie Collins has been a major player in helping more than 3,500 of Austin’s working musicians gain access to over $30 million in healthcare services. “We like to say HAAM is all about keeping Austin music alive and well,” she says. “We have so many musicians who tell us that without HAAM they would not be playing at all.” Describing her job as one of the coolest in the world, Collins says HAAM is a safety net healthcare provider as well as a cultural supporter helping one of our cities most important treasures—musicians. “The music industry brings in over 2 billion dollars to our economy and over 9,000 jobs, so music is pretty important to the future of our city, not to mention it’s what makes Austin Austin,” she says.