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Jun 13, 2014 09:30 AM

Gordon Lamb

'SIMS Saved My Life': How the SIMS Foundation Helps 600+ Austin Musicians Each Year

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Austin-based musicians' resource the SIMS Foundation was founded in 1995 in the aftermath of the suicide of bassist Sims Ellison. He was by all accounts a talented musician and good friend who had enjoyed a wave of popularity for his band, Pariah, in the years immediately previous to his suicide. Since the foundation was created, SIMS has dedicated itself to serving the mental health needs of Austin-based musicians.

We spoke with Heather Alden, managing director of the SIMS Foundation, to get the inside story on the foundation and how it helps over 600 Austin musicians each year.